House Republicans are incensed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refuses to cave to their political grandstanding and call Congress back into session. The GOP has promised to continue pushing for oil drilling until the Democratic convention in late August.
There’s no question that the conservative rhetoric surrounding their political stunt has been hyperbolic. Earlier this week, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) called it the “2008 version of the Boston Tea Party.” Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) called it “America’s greatest hour.” But House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today went a step further, ratcheting up violent rhetoric to rail against Pelosi. The Crypt reports:
Responding to questions over whether Pelosi could call a special session — which Democrats insist won’t happen — and vote on other issues that Republicans may not want to face, such as an expansion of childrens’ health insurance programs, which President Bush and GOP congressional leaders have opposed.
“She’s gonna bring us back and not deal with it? The American people are gonna hang her,” Boehner said. When pressed further, Boehner said it would “be fine, as long as we get a vote on our bill.”
Conservatives have also taken to calling Pelosi “Marie Antoinette,” the French queen who is portrayed in history as having ignored the suffering masses. She was eventually beheaded. TechRepublican has referred to the debacle as a “revolution.”
Boehner did not include Bush, who has also refused to call an emergency session of Congress, in his hanging statement. Ironically, Boehner has also been absent for this “revolution,” spending time at home golfing while his colleagues have been in the Capitol.
Statement from Rep. George Miller (D-CA) regarding Boehner’s comments:
Mr. Boehner’s comments about the Speaker are offensive, inappropriate and deliberately misleading.
First of all, no public official should use language implying bodily harm to anyone, whether they are referring to the Speaker of the House or any other American. That is completely outrageous.
Secondly, the minority leader knows full well that the Republican Congress and President Bush have spent their entire political capital defending oil companies and keeping America dependent on oil. They wound up in the minority as a result. They have now voted against or vetoed nearly every single effort Democrats have put forward over the past two years to make America more energy efficient and less reliant on foreign oil, steps that are necessary to grow our economy and save consumers money.
,Statement from Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA): “Assertions of physical violence toward the Speaker of the House have no place in the halls of Congress. Period. After a week stuck in an echo-chamber of their own making, this group of Republicans has turned ugly. Democracy is about settling differences through debate, without violence. It is unfortunate that the Minority Leader allowed violence to creep into his overheated rhetoric.”