Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: John Boehner

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: John Boehner January 27, 2012

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who engage in weapons-grade projection, accusing one’s opponents of their own worst attributes. Here is a classic example from House Speaker John Boehner:

“This is a president who said I’m not going to be a divider, I’m going to be a uniter, and running on the politics of division and envy is – to me it’s almost un-American,” said Boehner.

Seriously? A Republican leader is complaining about the politics of division? His party’s entire argument for why you should elect them is based on exploiting every division imaginable — religion, gender, sexuality, race. They spend all their time telling people that if it just wasn’t for a laundry list of minorities — gay people, immigrants, welfare queens — their lives would be so much better. It’s the very core of their primary political messages. Staggering hypocrisy.

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  • dingojack

    “… and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”


  • Michael Heath

    Jon Huntsman made the same false claim in his speech announcing his exit from the race.

    The Republican party looks like it’s probably going to have a candidate, Mitt Romney, who exemplifies who is being divisive and why. Gov. Romney is so tone-deaf, coupled to both his financial success and how he succeeded, that he provides an illuminative illustration of who Republicans en masse now work for and how that affects the country. That’s the second reason the GOP establishment is panicing, not just because Newt Gingrich has got a shot to be the nominee and lessens their odds of success in other races.

    I think Republican establishment swells getting their panties in a bunch over Romney is much ado about nothing since I’ve thought since the start none of their candidates can beat Obama unless something massive which changes our context hits prior to election day. Romney had a good shot in 2008, but not this year. Perhaps they’re increasingly panicking because people will project their judgment regarding Romney’s class war on all GOP candidates, a conclusion which would be accurate. At least at the federal level while also true in many states – like Ohio and Wisconsin though I’d argue not Michigan in spite of our having a GOP-dominated legislature and a Republican governor. I think Gov. Snyder checks his party’s legislators’ worst impulses and authentically seeks optimal results.

  • MikeMa

    Boehner meant dividing the wealth. That must be it. Was he all teary when he said this?

  • “Boehner meant dividing the wealth. That must be it.”

    Obama is a “divider” because he talks about taxing the rich at Clinton-era rates, when our economy was growing at only 5% a year. A policy so divisive that only 70% of Americans agree with it.

    You see, you can blame the worlds problems on blacks, gays, Muslims, immigrants, secularists, and so forth, but the second you bring up the idea of taxing rich people, you have divided America along totally arbitrary lines. Unless, that is, you’re talking about taxing poor people, which is perfectly valid because those parasitic moochers aren’t pulling their weight.

  • By the way, wasn’t, “I’m a uniter, not a divider,” a slogan of the last president? The one who ended up being the most divisive president in recent history, and deliberately so, as a political tactic for rallying his own base? Maybe Obama made use of the phrase in some way as well, but otherwise, this appears to be a rare case of fractal meta-projection, where projections wholly exist inside of greater, more generalized projections.

  • exdrone

    But if everyone were to accept the rule of rich, heterosexual, christian white males following the Republican platform, then there would be no divisions.

  • D. C. Sessions

    It makes more sense if you take it in Santorum’s context. He’s not a divider, he’s all for multiplication. Lots and lots of multiplication.

  • They think they’re uniters because they want everyone to become a conservative Christian, all gay people must become straight and black people should bleach their skin. See how that works? They want to unite us.

  • point made at 6. duh

  • Michael Heath

    Dr. X:

    point made at 6. duh

    Consider it as reinforcing an excellent point.