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Congress: Boehner speaks out

John Boehner’s speaking out to the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore. Maybe this was the talking point the president was getting annoyed with: Boehner says Obama believes “that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called ‘a health-care problem.’ Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—‘They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system’—he replied: ‘Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.’ He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: ‘I'm getting tired of hearing you say that.’”

Boehner even contends that Obama’s immovable and unwilling to take on spending: "He's so ideological himself, and he's unwilling to take on the left wing of his own party.”

Boehner said bluntly: "I need this job like I need a hole in the head."

Just saying, but no one forced Boehner to run for speaker.

By the way, Roll Call reports, the “Boehner coup attempt” was “larger than first thought.” “A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned. A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort. But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold. Only 17 votes against Boehner were required to force a second ballot, but the group wanted to have insurance.”