This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anybody half paying attention the last two years or so, but incoming Speaker John Boehner made it clear to Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” last night that he’s not interested in compromising with Democrats:
STAHL: But governing means compromising.
BOEHNER: It means working together.
STAHL: It also means compromising.
BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.
STAHL: Okay, is that compromising?
BOEHNER: I made it clear I am not going to compromise on my principles, nor am I going to compromise the will of the American people.
STAHL: What are you saying? You’re saying, “I want common ground, but I’m not gonna compromise.” I don’t understand that. I really don’t.
BOEHNER: When you say the word “compromise,” a lot of Americans look up and go, “Uh oh, they’re gonna sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense. …
STAHL: “Why won’t you say … you’re afraid of the word.”
BOEHNER: “I reject the word.”
Plus, when Boehner says “finding common ground,” don’t we know what he means? Do exact what we want. But hey Obama, schedule a few more meetings and try to “compromise” with this man. See how that keeps working out for you and our nation.