Pelosi: John Boehner would be the “weakest speaker in history” if he were a she

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 14, 2013

Just because Nancy Pelosi broke through the glass ceiling when she became Speaker of the House in 2007 doesn’t mean she necessarily thinks all women are fit for the gig.

The current House Minority Leader believes that people would be calling her successor, Ohio Congressman John Boehner, the “weakest speaker in history” if he were instead a Joanna or a Joan.

“I will say this about John Boehner, and I have a good relationship with him,” Pelosi said Monday on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” “If he were a woman, they’d be calling him the weakest speaker in history.”

Pelosi believes that Boehner is a weak speaker because he hasn’t been able to pass significant legislation without Democratic support since winning back the chamber in 2010 – a clear violation of the so-called Hastert Rule, which states that legislation should have the support of the majority of the majority party.

“They haven’t accomplished anything,” Pelosi commented. “Yeah, you know what, if a woman was speaker and nothing was happening in this way, they’d say, oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh. I’m just getting a little, shall we say – tired of some of the way they take a pass on some and not on others. We get criticized for accomplishing things, they don’t get criticized for not accomplishing things.

Unfortunately for Pelosi, she’s just as guilty. A report by the Brookings Institute found that Pelosi broke the Hastert Rule seven times during her speakership – while Boehner’s only broken the rule twice in the past two years.


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