Rahm Emanuel Rips John Boehner for Lackluster Leadership

"I dont know if John Boehner has the capacity...to tell Republicans, We need to change or else we will lose."

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted GOP leadership at a Chicago Ideas Week talk with Meet the Press host David Gregory Tuesday, hours after House Republicans canceled a planned vote to resolve the debt and budget crises.

“I think Republicans have done more to damage the Republican party than Democrats ever could,” he said. “We were never that good.”

He was particularly critical of Speaker John Boehner, who once again failed to corral enough Republican support for his own plan to to resolve the funding impasse.

“I dont know if John Boehner has the capacity as a leader to tell Republicans, We need to change or else we will lose,” he said, adding that Newt Gingrich was far better at the job, “even on his worst days.”

Emanuel also addressed how he’d handle the situation were he still serving as White House Chief of Staff. “I would be planning January and February [right now], not the next 48 hours,” he said. “I think the Republicans in the House have already capitulated, and that’s how that will play out.”

Other speakers at the discussion — attended by roughly 2,000 people at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater —  echoed Emanuel’s frustration with the GOP.

“This is a self-inflicted political crisis,” said Steve Schmidt, the Republican campaign strategist, noting that it’s no wonder the GOP is experiencing “the fastest free fall since Felix Baumgartner.”

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Interesting. Well, you gotta admit, Rahm's got big balls. He's got a war-zone with a terrible, daily, rising body count. I'd say Rahm has the bigger "misery quotient" here, yet he feels he must "wade in" to bash some OTHER failed leader. Politicians: Ya can't live with them, and ya can't live with them.



Babu G. Ranganathan

Although I am a conservative Christian and although I disagree with President Obama on certain issues, I do believe, that compared to many other politicians, President Obama is reasonable, honest, and a man of integrity who listens to both sides and tries to find as much common ground as he can to work within his agenda. He's firm when and where it's necessary (like in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda), and, in many cases, he's flexible where he should and needs to be.

The far left and far right can't see anything right with each other's side and that's a very big problem for our nation. The far right, most recently, has been vitriolic towards and twisting of everything President Obama says. Just because they're right on pro-life doesn't mean that everything the far right says and does is right.

According to the Bible, murder is when you kill someone with malice. That is the definition in the Old Testament for murder. Jesus, in the New Testament, says that hating your fellow man is equivalent to murder in God's eyes. Hatred then is malice. What Jesus said about hatred defines the Old Testament meaning of malice.

Many who support the right to abortion do so not because of malice towards the unborn but because they do not wish to see an unwanted or severely deformed child enter the world. That doesn't make abortion moral or right, but are we correct in labeling all abortion rights people as being murderers. President Obama genuinely wants to see less abortions even though he won't go as far as making abortions illegal. The far right calls him a liar. I don't believe he is a liar, although I believe he is wrong in not legally opposing abortion on demand. I believe that the unborn's right to life outweighs a woman's right of privacy. But, I will work with President Obama where I can work with him and show him due respect.

What about the many racists in our society? Aren't they murderers according to Christ's definition of hating your fellow man as being murder. Our nation's economic foundation was built on the back of African slaves. Then, after slavery, there was segregation of blacks and whites, all of this based on hatred and contempt of other fellow human beings because of differences in physical features. All this was "murder" in God's eyes and many in the far right continue to perpetuate racial hatred (yes, murder) to this very day.

The far right wants no controls and regulations on the economy, and that's what got us in the mess we're in. Without legitimate controls and regulations in the financial markets, the greedy in our financial world were able to amass huge fortunes through dishonesty and would have totally destroyed all our lives if not for government intervention into the banking and economic system.

The far right still has no problems with corporate greed. Greed, in the Bible, is idolatry! Corporate greed not only doesn't care about our environment but destroys lives of individuals as surely as abortion.

Socialism is not anti-capitalism. Many nations are socialist and capitalist, including our great neighbor Canada and the great modern industrialized Scandinavian nations: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Socialism simply means that there will be government controls on capitalism for the safety and benefit of society and to keep capitalism from destroying itself. We already had socialism in our country long before Obama. What do you think Medicare is? The far right and corporations, through their lobbying power, are still resisting President Obama's efforts to put controls and regulations in our financial institutions that would prevent another major financial meltdown. When are we going to learn? Let's work together folks! May God help us!

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The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor's degree with concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized for his writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East."


@BabuG.Ranganathan He has fooled many bleeding heart liberals too,and now he get you another naivete fooled by his charm and quiet demeanor. He is not what he appears to be. but your right  to an opinion. But you do know what is said about opinions don't you. Opinions are like ass holes,everyone has one,only some are better then others. Take that to your cristian church or the bank, it does not matter either way.


The Repubs decided to have a tantrum , when they weren't noticed they decided to go slow . They have only themselves to blame . Stop their paychecks and it will end tomorrow .


It is true that the GOP has done more to damage itself--its attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act, and the forcing of the federal government shutdown are a disaster for the party.

More than 70% of American voters disapprove what the GOP has done, and its public support rate is down to 24%.

The GOP is the victim of its ultra-conservatism and political extremism. House Republicans have abused the democratic process, and betrayed the interests of the American people and the nation.  They have resorted to political extortion and blackmail--under the veal of Democracy-- holding the nation hostage to their political agenda, as well as making the United States a laughing-stock to the world. The GOP has badly damaged America economically and politically.

It is unfortunate that the America system of government has been broken by the GOP's radical and irresponsible actions. The principle of majority rule is overturned by a minority of far right Republicans, and the will of the majority is simply ignored.

The United States deserves to have more responsible and patriotic politicians who have the interests of the people and nation at heart.  The system of American democracy needs to be strengthened.

Regardless of the outcome of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis, the fall of the GOP is inevitable in American politics.  


@T.P.Chia Do not be to sure of that end T.P. What it is and end to is Johnny B as the speaker or even as a congressmen.