'Oh, Don't Make Me Do It': Boehner Mocks GOP Colleagues on Immigration Reform
House Speaker John Boehner, who has said he's "hell-bent" on passing immigration reform this year, mocked his GOP colleagues in an appearance in his home state. During his remarks (video above), Boehner pretended to be one of his colleagues, pretend-complaining about having to try to get something accomplished.
"Here's the attitude. Oh, don't make me do this. Oh, this is too hard," Boehner said at a Rotary Club in Madison Township.
"We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance."
He continued, "I've had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn't say it was going to be easy."
Boehner has run into staunch opposition from some of his more conservative colleagues, some of whom liken the reform proposals to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Martha MacCallum discussed the situation with Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams, who said Republicans like Boehner and Jeb Bush are eager to see the GOP "get something done."
"There's a group [within the Tea Party] that just wants to raise money by raising grievances and by demonizing leadership. I think John Boehner feels he's trying to show leadership and put pressure on those folks so they get out of his way and the Republicans can claim some credit for getting things done in Washington," said Williams.
Ham argued that Boehner's latest remarks are "so counterproductive" that she wonders if it's part of some kind of "self-sabotaging or something."
"I don't understand this impulse - and Obama does it frequently as well - where you go out and you treat the people you need to convince with as little charity as possible, and then come back to them and want them to work with you," she said.
Watch the full debate below, and let us know what you think.