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Substitute for the wisdom of the people.
We hear are their servants.
As speaker I pledged to listen and to do all all -- to help.
All of you carry out your oath of office that -- -- about all about the state.
Because our hearts we know it's wrong to pass this debt on to our kids and her grandkids.
We have to be willing.
But to make this problem right.
Reelected speaker of the house they're John Boehner addressing the mule 113.
Congress on Thursday part of a very busy week on Capitol Hill for lawmakers and the media.
First came the hoopla over a done deal to avert the fiscal cliff that is an outrage over a vote that didn't happen.
No disaster relief was something that you didn't play games -- But now this current atmosphere everything's the subject of what else would ship everything -- this is is a possibility of potential piece of big.
For the political game and it's just I think it is why the American people hate congress.
It's why they.
That was new Jersey's governor Chris Christie one of a few Republicans who criticize the fact that John Boehner as Republican led House of Representatives.
Refused to hold a vote on a -- -- bill.
To spend sixty billion dollars on hurricane relief now they did it prove a smaller chunk on Friday.
Nine point seven billion dollars and they are promising to hold more votes but here's how the media.
Jumped on that the new Newark Star Ledger headline.
Christie rips GOP on sandy -- delay.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer Christie shame on congress CNN.
Called it a ball Michelle.
Is that a little too much drama.
Well I -- it it's.
Works for Christie doesn't it I mean BP the governor of New Jersey has now set himself up as a sort of triangular headed figured looking down with.
Mostly scorn at both the Democrats and the Republicans.
And in terms of the middle of the country which feels very anti congressman is sort of worried about the country's direction as a whole and not.
All that keen on president -- either it's a pretty good position to be -- He does have to run for reelection.
The decision -- delay the vote though to make sure that the money was being well spent I don't.
Bill Kristol defended it in in the weekly standard but anybody else.
I don't know I just think it's indefensible I mean if we're going to start talking about.
Well spent money you might as well shut down the entire US congress I mean come on this this was clearly.
A political move there was a response to a political move that was genuine.
Not only by Chris Christie -- by Pete king who just said the same thing disaster money should not be politicized and I think fat.
Was I've seen that many Americans agreement but I think the point just in the.
That that some of the critics of the bill were saying this senate bill was that it wasn't all disaster relief.
We'll let it go to the floor and that's what the speaker should have done he just had an open door on the fiscal cliff and members were allowed to vote up or down he could've done the same thing here and it looked like they have the votes to pass.
The the the media means seem to be.
That the GOP was out of touch and divided maybe Judy would agree with that I don't tell is is that -- of them the way the headlines were.
We're casting this thing.
Well it -- politics where everywhere from the headlines it was all politics it wasn't substance and if you look at the substance.
This was political you know Jim said that this works for.
Governor Christie I think it only works for Governor Christie in New Jersey because he's running for reelection his campaign.
Is in full swing this bill was loaded with political giveaways it wasn't just -- Well -- you know the fact that.
Eric Cantor -- voted on the fiscal cliff deal.
He he was a no vote and and John Boehner voted for it obviously.
The media were all over that as though there is a you know this gigantic fracture -- there wasn't -- there was a gigantic fracture and it wasn't just a liberal media's Erick Erickson speaking of parents.
-- Pointed out and on red state that that.
Cantor had tweeted out is -- best spokesman Peter before he was gonna vote for it.
And then 2.4 hours later he voted against it at an -- Erickson said look it's not just a liberal conspiracy to call this confusion one in front fact.
This Eric -- -- talking Republicans are confused.
But them you know them the bill over arching.
Focus of the coverage after this vote was on.
That you know the GOP in disarray it wasn't about what did or didn't get done in this fiscal cliff deal which was more.
And kicking right they're tracking that was this then mean and if I can use Jim's word I mean this is the political story that comes out of this to -- -- It was only one column I saw that was really thoughtful.
By Robert Samuelson and real clear politics has said this is also up.
A failure of presidential leadership because the president wasn't talking at all about the fact that the country is spending more than it's taking -- Financial story this is not a political story and it was cut no it really was -- financial story this is about taxes this is about budget we should have had.
The financial reporters covering this the political reporters all they did was talk about -- -- who's up and who's down we -- known as the New York Times coverage.
Was atrocious it was all politics it was no finance.
Am -- not isolated incident you know we saw -- -- isn't coming with the hurricanes and you know we know that cantor wanted to vote for it.
And -- was against -- we -- plan -- fail and this is just the latest example.
You know and we also saw the house vote where we.
You know -- and -- -- -- the same -- there will be talking about it more in a couple of months I'm sure of -- next on.
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