Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Boehner Mocks GOP Platform: ‘I’ve Not Met Ever Anybody’ Who Read It (Video)
CNS ^ | August 27, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 08/28/2012 9:18:22 AM PDT by Hunton Peck

House Speaker John Boehner--who two years ago led House Republicans in releasing the 48-page “A Pledge to America” to tell voters what Republicans would do if they won control of the House--mocked the national platform produced by the delegates to the Republican National Convention by telling a group of reporters in Tampa on Monday that the document should have been restricted to "one sheet of paper" if the delegates wanted anybody to read it.

“Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform?” Boehner said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I’ve not met ever anybody.”

Some of the reporters in the room met Boehner’s remarks with laughter.

The same day Boehner made these remarks, legendary conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly had published an op-ed in the Washington Times—that was linked on The Drudge Report—and that was headlined: “Republican Platform best yet.”

Every four years, grassroots activists from around the country who have won seats as delegates at the Republican National Convention develop the party’s national platform. Each state delegation assigns two of its members, one male and one female, to a special committee that works on the platform and then presents it to the full convention for approval. Some activists work for months just to win the right to attend the convention so they have a chance at influencing a platform that officially defines the principles and policy positions for which the party stands.

At Monday's Christian Science Monitor breakfast, John Gizzi of Human Events asked Boehner what he thought of the platform the committee had produced this year.

“The Republican platform is circulating about in different copies, online, in print,” said Gizzi. “Based on the reports you’ve seen, is this a good document to run on fully, and in particular, the parts about auditing the federal reserve, number one, and the review of government agencies as to their efficiency without calling for shutting them down. Are those things you feel that Republican House members can run on comfortably?”

Boehner did not answer Gizzi’s question, but responded by first assuring the reporters present that he had not read the platform.

“Well, I have not seen the platform,” said Boehner.

“But from every indication that I’ve heard I don’t see any major changes in this platform from what we have had in the past,” Boehner continued. “And if it were up to me I would have the platform on one sheet of paper. Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform? I’ve not met ever anybody.

“It ought to be on one sheet of paper,” said Boehner. “And, guess what? I was on this kick about, oh, I don’t know, at least 8 or 12 years ago, that we ought to have a one-page party platform. That way Americans could actually read it. Might be willing to read it. Might.”

In her column stating that the GOP platform “may be the best one ever adopted,” Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly notes that the new platform reiterated the Republican Party’s longstanding commitment to the belief that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” takes a tough stand on illegal immigration, and backs “American military superiority.”

But Schlafly also pointed out that the platform addresses new issues such as President Obama’s actions that many Catholics and Christian conservatives consider attacks on religious freedom.

“The platform,” she writes, “speaks loud and clear against the Obama administration’s ‘war on religion,’ which is trying ‘to compel faith-related institutions, as well as believing individuals, to contravene their deeply held religious, moral or ethical beliefs regarding health services, traditional marriage or abortion.”

Despite Boehner's call for “a one-page party platform,” the 48-page “A Pledge to America” that he and other House Republican leaders released before the 2010 election, included an introduction that all by itself was two pages long.

Among other things, it said: “An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.'


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: johnboehner; phyllisschlafly; platform; reading
He probably only asked Nancy Pelosi.
1 posted on 08/28/2012 9:18:30 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

I bet he’s never read the Constitution, either.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 9:21:25 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

” I’ve not met ever anybody. “

Half a bottle of scotch is missing this morning....


3 posted on 08/28/2012 9:24:06 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Is he really “mocking” it, or just telling the truth?


4 posted on 08/28/2012 9:24:32 AM PDT by Jedidah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

I think he has a point about suggesting it be one page. Why can’t they just have a list of “bullet points” that express what the party principles are? The trouble with platforms is the same problem we have with legislation. It is written by lawyers with lengthy “legalize” and the lawyers get paid large hourly fees for making it as long and complicated as they can.


5 posted on 08/28/2012 9:25:38 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

He is the next one we need to get rid of.....useless!


6 posted on 08/28/2012 9:26:24 AM PDT by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Boehner is increasingly demonstrating to everybody that he is a wolf in the fold, a Bob Dole in the House, whose sole purpose is to thwart any conservative advance and to help democrats.


7 posted on 08/28/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by cotton1706
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

He is not right. One page is too long.


8 posted on 08/28/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Note to Boner: Bubba bait doesn’t work if you pee on it.


9 posted on 08/28/2012 9:29:03 AM PDT by DManA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
We really neeeeeeeed to get rid of Speaker *Cryin’ John*.
10 posted on 08/28/2012 9:29:35 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: astratt7

Don’t say that, you’ll make him cry.


11 posted on 08/28/2012 9:30:10 AM PDT by Kudsman (Restore the Republic, repeal the 17th.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Hasn’t Boehner ever heard about being a team player and trying to win? What is the purpose of this statement?


12 posted on 08/28/2012 9:30:26 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jedidah

He’s evading the question by changing the subject. It’s a habit of liberals.


13 posted on 08/28/2012 9:30:29 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Life, liberty, property, and the means to defend them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Old Retired Army Guy

“I think he has a point about suggesting it be one page. Why can’t they just have a list of “bullet points” that express what the party principles are?”

You’re absolutely right. There is lots of evidence out there that suggests that, generally, people glance at things and make a snap decision whether or not they’re going to spend time looking something over. One page with bullets would increase the likelhood of people reading the document.


14 posted on 08/28/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT by MNGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

“I’ve not met ever anybody.”

Is that an exact quote? Is he drunk again or did he have a stroke?


15 posted on 08/28/2012 9:33:04 AM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

He should RESIGN! His poor comprehension of the English language will cost us the election!

RNC you must cut off his funding NOW! We can’t have idiots speaking to reporters this way. It’s his own fault, he’s too stupid to be on the ballot.

(sarcasm off/)


16 posted on 08/28/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Cajun

I think Michele Bachmann would be a good choice for speaker. If she’s effective there, it certainly raises her credibility for bigger things.


17 posted on 08/28/2012 9:42:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

don’;t read the bills they pass either the dopes.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 9:44:29 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

The only reason I participate with the Republican’s is the PLATFORM. We have worked hard locally and statewide to trim the PLATFORM’S to 1 page. The Dem’s platform in Washington State runs 26+ pages.

The platform is the soul of the party, Boehner is a fool.


19 posted on 08/28/2012 9:47:36 AM PDT by bigfootbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
I think Michele Bachmann would be a good choice for speaker.

We are thinking the same way.
Think she would kick Rat butt at every opportunity.

20 posted on 08/28/2012 9:48:03 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: manc

They don’t write the bills they pass AND don’t read them.

The Apollo group wrote Obamacare.


21 posted on 08/28/2012 9:48:03 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: astratt7

Amen!!!


22 posted on 08/28/2012 9:51:06 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: listenhillary

Bonehead just finished a deal with H. Reid to fund Obamacare into 2013. Pols just have a gift for lying.


23 posted on 08/28/2012 9:51:30 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Bashing Boehner is routine sport here.

You tell ME, however, what is false about what Boehner said? Every word of it is true.

He hasn’t read the platform. He doesn’t know of anyone who has read it. (Talking about the whole platform not merely a few sentences).

If you want people to MAYBE read it, it needs to be on a single sheet of paper.

Blam, blam, blam...every statement is the unvarnished truth.

Spin it any way you wish, headline it any way you wish, bash Boehner to heart’s content, he spoke the truth.


24 posted on 08/28/2012 9:52:27 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Cajun

Back in December Rush Limbaugh named her as one of the true conservative firebrands in the presidential race. He said she doesn’t just tell people what they want to hear, she believes it.

As speaker she would face a lot of opposition from the moderates but she would empower conservative voices in congress.


25 posted on 08/28/2012 9:52:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

I’d love to read it. Anybody know where it’s posted?


26 posted on 08/28/2012 9:53:28 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

They should give Bonehead the Kleenex concession booth. That’s about the only thing this sissy can handle.


27 posted on 08/28/2012 9:57:49 AM PDT by mardi59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrangerette

“You tell ME, however, what is false about what Boehner said?”

The problem isn’t one of truth or falsity; the problem is that it’s a trivial and unresponsive reply to an important question.


28 posted on 08/28/2012 10:02:00 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Life, liberty, property, and the means to defend them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Nobody in the House ever reads anything, whether it’s one page or near 2500 pages like Obamacare. Remember, “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” — Pelosi.

Boehner is just talking about following long time House tradition.


29 posted on 08/28/2012 10:04:36 AM PDT by Waryone (Definition of idiocy: nominating the father of socialized medicine to replace socialized medicine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Just yesterday I was wondering what the hell has happened to Juan Boehner.
Haven’t heard a thing from him in months.
Such a disappointment, such a worthless “leader”.


30 posted on 08/28/2012 10:07:26 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandyInSeattle
I believe it has yet to be officially adopted, and I don't see where the Party leadership has posted it, but Phyllis Schlafly has a fairly extensive discussion of it here: SCHLAFLY: Republican Party platform best yet
31 posted on 08/28/2012 10:19:28 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Life, liberty, property, and the means to defend them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Among other things, it said: “An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.’

Are they talking about the GOP?


32 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:12 AM PDT by Terry Mross (To all my relatives and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandyInSeattle
Here's a site (with which I'm unfamiliar; it looks like an unofficial Romney/Ryan campaign site, but I can't vouch for it) that has what they present as a draft of the platform: http://whitehouse12.com/republican-party-platform/
33 posted on 08/28/2012 10:28:56 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Life, liberty, property, and the means to defend them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross

Maybe that’s why Boehner doesn’t want to read it (or have his staff read it for him).


34 posted on 08/28/2012 10:30:43 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Life, liberty, property, and the means to defend them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Jedidah

I think he was telling the truth and actually makes a lot of sense. Since he has a “reputation” here, he could spout straight FR party-line and still be ridiculed.


35 posted on 08/28/2012 10:35:53 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Thanks!


36 posted on 08/28/2012 10:40:02 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: txrangerette

Hey, there you go spoiling a perfectly good rant by stating the obvious.


37 posted on 08/28/2012 11:01:05 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck
“I’ve not met ever anybody.”

Is this an accurate quote? If so its quite scary that someone with this grammar deficiency represents the Repub party.

38 posted on 08/28/2012 11:03:36 AM PDT by Zack Attack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zack Attack

“its quite scary that someone with this grammar deficiency represents the Repub party.”

You must have really hated G.W. Bush.


39 posted on 08/28/2012 11:07:29 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck

Maybe if Tammy Faye ever stubbed out his cigarette and came up for air from the bottom of a bottle he might have a clue. This guy is a joke and a buffoon and a large part of what is wrong with the GOP.


40 posted on 08/28/2012 11:07:57 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck
“Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform?” Boehner said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I’ve not met ever anybody.”

Same thing Bob Dole said when he was nominated. We haven't learned a thing.

You can trust the man with the (R).


41 posted on 08/28/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT by itsahoot (Write in Palin in 2012, Just to pi$$ off the Romney botts.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNGal
Why can’t they just have a list of “bullet points” that express what the party principles are?”

Even easier.

We will read the Constitution and Keep our oath, or Resign.

Down side is there would not be one GOP left in office, dems have never intended to do either.

42 posted on 08/28/2012 11:52:53 AM PDT by itsahoot (Write in Palin in 2012, Just to pi$$ off the Romney botts.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson