U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he doesn't like being called "spineless" or a "squish" by critics, and he vowed to prove his mettle to lawmakers who opposed his re-election earlier this week.
Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Tuesday even as 25 members of his own Republican party declined to support him, the biggest such intra-party rebellion against a speaker candidate since 1859. His detractors, many of them on the right wing of his party, say Boehner is too prone to compromise with Democrats.
Boehner said that portrayal is false.
"During my years here when I voted, I have the eighth most conservative voting record in the Congress. And it does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish," he told reporters.
Since becoming speaker in 2011, Boehner has faced a series of internal challenges to his leadership, particularly on his handling of budget matters in which small-government Tea Party Republicans have demanded a more aggressive confrontation of President Barack Obama's agenda.
In 2013, Boehner warned against a government shutdown, but Tea Party lawmakers pushed for a showdown over Obama's healthcare law that resulted in a 16-day closure of the federal government.
Prove you're not an invertebrate by doing ONLY republican things. THAT,,, is why the people elected republican majorities. NOT so you could help Onumber BANKRUPT and ENSLAVE us. We don't give a rats about "reaching across the aisle" to SWINE WHO NEVER, EVER,REACH ACROSS TO US.
Small wonder if you are called "spineless" when you are spineless. What else should we call you? Should we pretend that you have a backbone? - I for one like to stick to the truth. Sorry, Mr. Boehner!
Boehner, when you're not a spineless coward, then you're just a drunk, and ALWAYS kissing Obama's ass.
Thank you Marilyn. I wish we could send your message by telegram to Mr. Boehner. Sometimes the arrogant freeloaders need to hear from the people who actually worked for a living.
It looks to me like their were a lot of spineless puke RINO's who voted for him!
The facts are Democrats are loyal and always vote for left wing progressive ideologues. There is obviously a lot of Repube RINO's who would vote for the same thing just to get re-elected by these same libtards.
What a spineless wimp, and the biggest crybaby I've ever seen in the history of the government. What a POS!!! I bet his mommy had to walk him to school to prevent the girls from kicking his A$$!
Boehner has shown himself to be a snake in the grass -- what he is called matters not at all in the face of that.
No wonder some refer to him as Barak O'Boehner.
"Boehner doesn't like being called 'spineless'"!
Clearly, he doesn't understand how much we dislike having a Republican Speaker of the House that is "SPINELESS"! We are DESPERATE for rational, intelligent, Constitutionally inspired leadership, in the face of the anti-American, Muslim President Obama. Boehner has demonstrated he is not that leader!!!!!
Boehner has failed at every thing he has done as Speaker, so far. Thus, we recognize America needs a strong LEADER to defeat the EVIL OBAMA!
As soon as Boehner starts wearing a skirt, it will be clear to all, he has been transformed to Pelosi. Wait a minute, she was a strong leader. Never mind.
I've tried to figure out what you are trying to say: "My very conservative congressman..."??????
Indeed, we did. I was "reporting", not vouching for Boehner's credentials. One of Boehner's constituents (not a personal friend) claimed, as does Boehner, that he has always voted a conservative position, in a conservative district that includes Cincinnati, OH - a conservative city.
I'm not sure which is worse, a competent liberal or an in-power incompetent, ineffective conservative. Neither is one to be proud of, nor supported.
How about a DRUNK SQUISH? Feel better? (HIC).