Speaker of the House John Boehner made these remarks at a fundraiser in Wheeling, West Virginia, on June 30th.
Via Roll Call
The Ohio Republican made the remarks when an unidentified woman asked during a question-and-answer session: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?”
“No,” Boehner said. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.
“Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons ... some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.
“Mitt Romney believes, just like we do, that if we’re going to get the economy back, if we’re going to put the American people back to work, we need to fix the tax code, we need to stop the regulatory juggernaut that’s going on in Washington and we need to fix our economy. Solid guy, he’s going to do a great job, even if you don’t fall in love with him.”
. . . if a weepy romantic like Boehner isn't even going to bother trying to convince you that Mitt might just be the man of your dreams, then it's obviously time to admit that you settled and get on with it. Sure, you can make like Rupert Murdoch and get all publicly pouty, but what's the point? Your fate is sealed, forever intertwined with that of a humor-challenged robot whose religion probably weirds you out. On the plus side, he is very rich, and he's got a great head of hair.
~ New York Magazine
It's sad that his kind of money can't buy love. All he has to show for it are mom jeans and cringe-inducing endorsements.
~ comment on New York Mag by thasswhatImtalkinbout
HOW long has this guy been in politics?
I mean, it's just 'effing amazing at this point -- it's like they've completely lost track of the concept of inner thoughts vs. speech.
~ comment by kenlac on Daily Kos
Hopefully they will fall in hate with Rmoney instead!
~ comment by ChemBob on Daily Kos
How can Boehner not be charmed by the extraterrestrial from Kolob?
~ comment by spunhard on Daily Kos
To me ...Romney is Our Idiot Brother, and Obama is The King's Speech. You can spend all the money in the world. If you've got a bad product, it doesn't matter.
~ Movie Producer and Obama money-raiser Harvey Weinstein on Rachel Maddow
The ballots will read:
Romney....I guess _____ sigh
~ comment by SirenforSanity on Huffington Post
Maybe Pawlenty would add charisma to the ticket...
I'm laughing so hard it took like a full minute to type it.
Which raises the larger question...who in the whole darn party now is likable??
~ comment by secular666 on Huff Post
Amazing: Boehner flushes Mitt: huff.to/MaWZUl . Is it too late to draft someone?— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) July 7, 2012
Ringing endorsement: John Boehner says, "The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney." j.mp/L8gb97— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) July 7, 2012
@BreitbartFeed What the hell is Boehner doing? Trying to sabotage Mitt and have some plausible deniability? Bastard!— Kyle Becker (@RogueOperator1) July 8, 2012
Americans aren't going to love Mitt Romney, he's kind of like John Kerry without the charisma or achievements, but vote for him— Jack Kimble (@RepJackKimble) July 8, 2012
Think of voting for Romney as an arranged marriage.You'll learn to love him in time— Jack Kimble (@RepJackKimble) July 8, 2012
@WolfrumForcing people to love Mitt Romney really brings new meaning to the word mandate.— T. (@TPPratt) July 7, 2012
What Boehner is saying is what most Republicans think. Romney may be Mormon, but at least he is white.— Mike Vanriel (@MikeVanriel2) July 7, 2012
"Our hope is that most will...go ahead and vote for [Romney] in spite of the fact that he's a Mormon" - Paige Patterson ht.ly/c5cUZ— Tripp Hudgins (@anglobaptist) July 7, 2012
Boehner: "I can't make you love a Mormon bishop who screws poor people & baptizes dead people, but hey, we have to get that Black Man out."— Dean Leh (@DeanLeh) July 7, 2012
Maybe we aren't in Stepford anymore? huff.to/RDsAlN— Mikey M (@frelling_cute) July 8, 2012
@davidaxelrod To be fair, no one loves John Boehner either.— L'Etat C'est Moi (@letat_lechat) July 8, 2012
Now I feel weird like I'm the only one in love with Mitt Romney.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 7, 2012
Why not just nominate Ron Paul instead? Nobody is enthusiastic about Romney. Ron Paul at least has a chance to win in the general election. The Romney campaign is DOA.
~ comment by madonato on CBS News
No one, possibly even Romney, can tell who he is, what he is, what he stands for, and what he would do in the Executive Office. No one should,or can, love a will-o'-the-wisp ghostly light in the night, some smoke, an intangible, shifty phony.
~ comment by haturner on CBS News
There's a reason you can't get people to love Mr. Mitt. It's because they fear he will do the same thing that the Republican George W. did to our country - destroy the economy. Mr. Barack pulled us from the brink of disaster and you can't handle that.
~ comment by shurch4truth on CBS News
Sure they will love Romney.
These are the same idiots that nominated Palin.
~ comment by Post Away on CBS News
i'm waiting to see who makes the ballot.
~ comment by torchbearer on the Ron Paul Forums
With respect--John Boehner is wrong. I love the fact that Mitt Romney isn't Obama...We're not electing him to be well liked--you can always get a dog for that.
~ comment by lleone on Breitbart
Boehner has such a knack for rolling over and giving in--an establishment weasel
~ comment by Scoobydu on Breitbart
Boehner is a Marxist. He couldn't even pass a repeal of the light bulb ban because of all the Marxists in the RINOpublican party who bought into the Global Warming scam.
~ comment by Beekaaay on Breitbart
WTF is Boehner using for brains? Tapioca pudding? Good grief! Thanks for sticking the old shiv right between the ribs there, Boner. Romney is a highly likable guy. The problem is, the Old Media is making him out to be a bad guy no one likes. A vulture. A vampire. A capitalist running dog. Romney has to fight that false image every day. And now Boner comes out and parrots Old Media's propaganda? Whose side is Boner on anyway? Tell me the Chicago thug political machine hasn't flipped Boner the way they did Roberts.
~ comment by POGO13 on Breitbart