Speaker Boehner demonstrated in his luncheon speech to the Economic Club why Obama is in trouble.
Boehner was low-key and soft-spoken, and took no real swipes at the president. He simply said that there would not be tax increases. There would be real spending restraint. Boehner is willing to work in a bipartisan, cheerful manner to cut spending and not increase taxes. Boehner answered David Rubenstein’s questions as to whether allowing the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to lapse would be a tax increase with a simple “yes.” Boehner said that spending other people’s money does not create jobs.
He talked about keeping the Republican caucus together. Discussed his large family — one of eleven or so. His working his way through school. Life as a small-business man. Mowing his own lawn.
The speech was not written to elicit applause, but the audience of several hundred did insist on interrupting several times to highlight Boehner’s focus on the damage that uncertainty and over-regulations are doing to the American economy.
No jokes. No memorable lines. No threats, histrionics. No drama. No crowing about Obama’s lousy poll numbers or the crushing victories in New York and Nevada just two days before. This is a man who is not going to overreact or create fodder for late-night comedians. He manfully refrained from mentioning that he had the best tan in the room.