John Boehner Is A Pathetic Liar For Posting Edited Video

Minority Leader John Boehner has posted an 8 second clip of Rep. Alcee Hastings saying “All these rules around here, we make ’em up as we go along.”

It is flying around the wingnuttisphere.

The reason the clip is only 8 seconds is because in the preceding 10 seconds, Mr. Hastings attributes the comment to Thomas Edison.

Here is what the Boehner’s office is posting.

Here is what Hasting ACTUALLY said.

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  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on March 21, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Once again, Republicans reveal their own philosophy of government by means of projection.

  2. #2 by James Farmer on March 21, 2010 - 4:30 pm

    Won’t it be great in 2010 when Dems pick up another ten seats in the House and three in the Senate? Fixes to the current HCR – including a robust public option – will then almost be assured.

  3. #3 by brewski on March 21, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Cliff, you are correct. Mr. Hastings did not say that as an original sentence. He is merely admiringly quoting and endorsing the quote of Thomas Edison. He is quoting that quote because he agrees with it. Because he has adopted it. Because he is bragging that he is making up the rules as he goes along. His only regret is that he didn’t say it first.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on March 22, 2010 - 6:11 am

    I have to admire James’s optimism. Right now, it looks bad for Dems in November.

  5. #5 by james farmer on March 22, 2010 - 9:56 am


    Over the next several months leading to November, repugs and teabaggers are going to have to stop yelling “fire” in a crowded theater (and calling folks nigger and faggot and spitting on people) and making sense. The fact that those who will be most helped by HCR are so adamantly opposed to it shows just how much disinformation they are being fed. My hope is over the next several months, even ardent repugs will begin to realize the world still spins and HCR is not the end all of the American way.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on March 22, 2010 - 11:52 am


    Last week on Rachel Maddow’s show, the best thing WaPo’s Ezra Klein could say about President Obama’s health care proposal is most people won’t notice anything different. He’s probably right, especially since some of the provisions don’t kick in until 2014.

    First, how far have our expectations of “change” sunk when defenders of the legislation have to point to the absence of change as a good thing?

    Second, postponing parts of the so-called “reform” until 2014 gives the right-wing years to gin up more disinformation!

    The Tea Partyers stopped making sense from the outset. Larry suggests the Tea Party movement could actually be a sophisticated attempt to make all protesters look silly. Or maybe the Tea Party is like the “Brooks Brothers Riot” of 2000. You know, just add to the noise level, capture the attention of the media, and sensible people can’t be heard anymore.

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on March 22, 2010 - 8:07 pm


    I have had that theory since long before the teabaggers arrived. When you look at people like Fred Phelps protesting soldiers funerals and the local freaks who yell at people getting married at the temple, you just have to throw up your arms in disbelief.

    It also has the effect of making the ACLU look bad, because they have to defend the rights of these idiots.

    Think about it: as things get worse and Americans decide to get out on the streets and use their last chance to be heard, people are going to be so sick of this, they will turn away and probably won’t be able to tell the difference between the teabaggers and a real protest; with the more then willing help of the, so called, “Main Steam Media.”

    Still just a theory, but NO THEORY is that far out these days.

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