Hannity: Boehner Unfit to be Speaker

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 12, 2013 | 4:34 PM EST

Sean Hannity said John Boehner was missing "what Reagan had, what Speaker Gingrich had," which goes to the "heart" of why he does not think John Boehner should be Speaker of the House (R-Ohio).

Hannity made these comments after playing a clip of Boehner's weekly press briefing, where the Speaker addressed conservative opposition to the Ryan/Murray budget deal.

"I look at the country right now as in a very, very troubled position.  I don't like the fact when I hear that we've doubled the number of people on food stamps, that bothers me.  America is built on an opportunity society, not a dependency society.  I know government may like it, the more people that are dependent, the more people that need government handouts, the more people that are dependent on government healthcare.  All of them become a voting, electoral base for people.  I like Americans to be free.  Government, yeah there's a need for government.  We need a national defense, they can build roads and bridges. But government tends to get in the way of real progress right now."

"But what Boehner is missing, and it goes to the heart of why I don't think he should be the Speaker of the House, Boehner is missing what Reagan had, what Speaker Gingrich had, and you can talk about the imperfections, I guess of both of them.  Nobody's perfect.  But they had an ability to communicate a solution-oriented agenda, and the ability to convince people that we're on the wrong path and that there's a better option available."

"If you asked most people today what the Republican Party stands for, and I'm not talking to people that, like me are addicted to politics, that love it, that follow the minutia of this.  That live, eat, breathe this.  No, I'm just talking about man on the street interview, you ask them, they can't tell you.  A lot of people can't tell you who the Vice President is.  A lot of people can't tell you the difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare and tell you the're the same thing.  'Which do you prefer, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?'  'I want the Affordable one because of the name.'  It's kind of frightening because those people, they vote and they can cancel out your well informed vote.  It's a little chilling, but it's reality."