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Blog Buzz: Boehner backlash

House Minority Leader John Boehner's economic speech this morning, in which he expressed support for extending the Bush tax cuts and firing members of President Obama's economic team, sparked conversation about Boehner's policy recommendations and political posturing on both sides of the blogosphere.

Liberal Washington Monthly blogger Steve Bennen called Boehner's predictions that past and present liberal economic policies would fail and that George W. Bush's would succeed "reminiscent of the 'Seinfeld' episode in which George Costanza realizes that all of his instincts and decisions are entirely backwards, and begins doing the opposite of what he's inclined to do."

More from Benen:

"Boehner's vision is absurd; his credibility is non-existent; and his policy prescription is a joke. I realize that he's trying to position himself as a future Speaker of the House -- today represents an audition of sorts -- and even had the audacity to include this in his speech: 'It's time to put grown-ups in charge. It's time for people willing to accept responsibility.

... This 'fresh start' is literally just the Bush/Cheney agenda -- Bush's tax rates, Bush's regulatory structure, Bush's domestic policies -- coupled with a vague promise to cut spending somewhere, at some time, affecting someone."

Daily Kos' Jed Lewison also ridiculed Boehner's policy recommendations and used it to warn readers of the policies a Republican majority woudl want to enstate.

"The thing about that list is that there isn't a single thing about what Republicans would actually do. It's just a list of demands on President Obama and except for the first one -- in which Boehner demands Obama extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthy -- they are purely rhetorical in nature."

He also says that one policy specific -- on $1.3 trillion in spending cuts, proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan -- is so severe it would actually exacerbate the country's economic problems.

"Despite positioning itself as a plan for fiscal austerity, the Ryan roadmap wouldn't actually solve our long-term budget problems. Why? Because he simply doesn't count the cost of his tax cuts when calculating his proposals final price tag.

... And it's now the centerpiece of John Boehner's economic platform as he campaigns for Speaker, which brings us back to the central question voters will face this November: do they want to allow Democrats to continue trying to revive the economy, or do they want to give up on the Dems and go back to the Bush economic policies of the Republican Party?"

AMERICAblog's John Aravosis slammed Boehner's stimulus criticism, though he did note that its effects fell short of what was desired.

"The White House should blow him out of the water. The data is irrefutable. The stimulus created millions of jobs. Not enough, to be sure. (And I do blame the White House for the fact that the stimulus wasn't enough - they were told it wasn't enough, but refused to even try for more.) But to say that the stimulus didn't work at all, is an outright lie. It shows the minority leader to be a liar, or a moron."

Writing at conservative blog The Campaign Spot, NRO's Jim Geraghty simply posted the headline from a White House blog entry by Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer: "“Their economic policies haven’t changed, so they won’t bring the change we need.”

Wrote Geraghty:

I think if the opposition can use the precise same slogan you are, and it still works, you probably ought to go back to the drawing board.

Elsewhere on NRO, Robert Costa praised Boehner's condemnation of a lame-duck Congressional session in which he said Democrats would "[force] these job-killing bills through."

Firing the opening salvo, Boehner calls on Obama to veto any lame-duck shenanigans. 'I pledge that Republicans will work with him to sustain those vetoes,' he says.

With the White House and embattled Democrats already preparing to pass major legislation after the November elections, it’s good to see Boehner digging in for the fight.

HotAir's Ed Morrissey suggested there's no better time than the present for an economic regime change.

"Boehner may have given Obama the best political advice he could get. Firing the team that failed to deliver the growth Obama promised would at least show that Obama understands that his policies aren’t working. If he waits until the day after the midterms, it’s not going to do him or his party much good."