House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) apparently doesn't understand that his role as House Speaker is a leadership role, not a facilitator. Boehner appeared on CBS' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer on Sunday and told him "My job in this -- in this process is to facilitate a discussion and to facilitate a process so the American people can see what we're doing and so the members understand that we're dealing with this in a deliberative way."
Boehner sidestepped the question over and over as to whether he was in favor of a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens in the United States. Instead of answering, he basically said that his job was not to take a stand, but to let the House "work its will."
"[P]eople have been trying to get me to do this since the day after the election," Boehner said.
"Well, you're the leader of the Republicans," Schieffer responded.
While Boehner has said that he believes Congress needs to do something about immigration, he seems lost on how to lead them, probably because he is not a leader.
This is exactly the kind of spineless, numb-skulled approach that has resulted in more advancement from the Socialist Democrats, including the implementation of Obamacare and the infamous "fiscal cliff" deal earlier this year. Why he was re-elected as Speaker of the House is anyone's guess.
"It's not about me," Boehner said. "It's not about what I want. What I'm -- what I've committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill."
"If I come out and say I'm for this and I'm for that, all I'm doing is making my job harder," Boehner told Schieffer. "My job is to -- as the leader of the House, is to facilitate this conversation and this process that involves members on both sides of the aisle, involves the American people and where they can see us moving in a deliberative, step-by-step, commonsense way."
What Boehner failed to state was that as a representative of the people of Ohio, he has a duty to determine where he stands on what he's facilitating too.
Though Boehner called the immigration system "broken," he said the House wouldn't take up the Senate's amnesty bill because it fell short of border security. So wait. He's willing to come right out and speak on that, why not the idea of citizenship for illegals? This seems a bit hypocritical to me.
"What we're going to do in the House is, we're dealing with this in a commonsense, step-by-step approach," Boehner continued. "We want to deal with this in chunks, chunks that the members can deal with and grapple with and, frankly, chunks that the American people can get their arms around."
Schieffer said Boehner's lack of a stance on the issue "is kind of an interesting take on leadership...In other words, you don't see yourself as someone who has an agenda? You're there to just sort of manage whatever your people want to do?"
"The House should be allowed to work its will," Boehner said. He then added that he's watched what other House speakers did before he got the job. "And, you know, I could talk about what happened just before I became speaker. All the bills were written in the speaker's office. Those bills turned -- all turned out to be very unpopular, whether it was the stimulus bill, the Dodd-Frank bill, Obamacare, shoved through the floor of the House, 430 members, Democrats and Republicans locked out in the process. This is not the way the House is intended to work."
Boehner then made another attempt to try and save face concerning his lack of leadership and claims that he can't control his caucus. "Bob, I talked about this the day I was sworn in as speaker, that I considered my job was to open up the process, to let members participate. Yeah, I've got certain things that I'd like to see accomplished. But this is not going to be about me. I said it the opening day, and it's never going to be about me. It's what's in the best interests of the country."
"If we're listening to the American people and we're following their will, our House will work just fine," he concluded.
Well apparently you aren't listening John Boehner. You're playing with fire and you're going to get burned. In fact, you've already been getting burned. Don't you smell the smoke? You aren't following the will of the people or you would have started up that independent House investigation into Benghazi, but you waved your hand on that. If you were listening to the people, you would never have made that stupid fiscal cliff deal. There are far too many things to point out that Boehner and House leadership are not leading, but are simply caving to their opposition.
Finally, and this is just an observation, you can never trust a man who wears a pink tie.