DNC - New DNC Web Ad Highlights John Boehner’s Latest “Just Say No” Tactics

Boehner: Republican Lawmakers “Ought to Get the Idea Out of their Minds That They are Legislators.”


Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee today released a new web ad highlighting House Republican Leader John Boehner’s latest Just Say No tactics. In today’s New York Times, Boehner defended his Party’s refusal to offer an alternative to any of the Obama Administration’s plans, including the President's budget, by saying his party’s lawmakers don’t have to offer any plans and, in fact, “ought to get the idea out of their minds that they are legislators.” It was the second time in a month Boehner has been quoted telling his caucus to stop offering policy alternatives and just say “no” to everything the President proposes.


The DNC’s new web ad, called “No Responsibility,” contrasts President Obama’s responsible plan to create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools with Congressman Boehner’s insistence that his Party has no responsibility to say anything but “no” despite the economic crisis facing our country. To see the video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdWgXS6F8b4


Boehner’s obstructionist rhetoric echoes comments by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor during the debate over the President's jobs and economic recovery plan. Cantor told the Washington Post the Republican approach to the Obama plan was “just saying no.”


“John Boehner’s claim that his Party has no responsibility to legislate or offer any plans of their own - despite the economic crisis facing our country - are exactly the kind of typical Washington political games the American people rejected last November,” said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. “The American people want leaders who will work together and bring practical ideas to the table. If we are going to confront the challenges we face, America cannot afford more of the same broken politics from the Rush Limbaugh-led obstructionist wing of the Republican Party. Instead of petty politics and empty obstructionism, Republicans in Congress should either support the President’s budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent.”


Last week, the DNC launched a new “Party of No” Clock that highlights the number of days, hours and minutes Republicans in Washington have gone just saying “no” instead of offering a substantive alternative to President Obama’s budget. As of today, Republicans have gone 16 days without offering a real alternative to the President’s budget. To see the DNC’s new “Party of No” Clock, click here: www.democrats.org/partyofno.


To see the video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdWgXS6F8b4






“America is facing tough times. Our economy is in need of repair. Millions of Americans are out of work


“Fortunately, President Obama has offered a plan to get our economy moving again. A responsible plan to create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools.


“What are the Republicans offering? Nothing. No plan and no ideas.


“Now Republican Leader John Boehner says the Republicans don't have to offer a plan. That they have no responsibility to legislate. Incredible.


“While President Obama continues to lead, Republicans sit on the sideline.


“Congressman Boehner: That's simply leadership we can't afford.”







Boeher: Republican Lawmakers “Ought to Get the Idea Out of their Minds That They are Legislators.” “’As I told my colleagues, we don’t have enough votes to legislate,’ said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader. ‘We are not in the majority. We are not kind-of in the minority; we are in a hole. They ought to get the idea out of their minds that they are legislators. But what they can be is communicators.’” [New York Times, 3/14/09: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/14/us/politics/14budget.html?_r=2&ref=to&pagewanted=print]


Boehner: "We Are No Longer Legislators." “Rep. John Boehner has a message for his GOP colleagues in the House: ‘We are no longer legislators.’ That might seem like an odd thing for the Republican leader to say, but given the size of the Democratic majority, House rules that give the majority near-total control, and the desire of the House Democrats to exercise that control, Boehner's options for legislating are rather limited. At one point in his leisurely lunch with reporters-something he now has more time for-he was asked about the schedule for energy reform legislation in the House. ‘I have no idea,’ Boehner responded. ‘I'm not in the majority.’” [Slate, 2/26/09]


House Republican Leader: “Our Goal Is To Bring Down Approval Numbers” For Democrats. “GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry, a key player in helping craft the Republican message, has offered an unusually blunt description of the Republican strategy right now. McHenry’s description is buried in this new article from National Journal (sub. only): ‘We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,’ said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. ‘Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.’ [Washington Post, Plum Line blog, 3/9/09: http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/house-republicans/gop-rep-our-goal-is-to-bring-down-approval-numbers-for-dems/?ref=fp1]


Cantor: GOP Recovery Strategy is “Just Saying No.” “The second-ranking House Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), put it more bluntly. ‘What transpired . . . and will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying no,’ he said.” [Washington Post, 2/9/09: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/08/AR2009020802344.html]