Belying President Obama’s repeated contentions that Republicans are nothing more than a politicized band of obstructionists intent on ruining him personally, both House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor backed his call to bomb Syria.
“This is something that the United States as a country needs to do,” Boehner said Tuesday after he and other Congressional leaders met this morning with Obama. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action, and I believe my colleagues should support the president’s call for action.”
Cantor released a statement concurring.
“Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor,” Cantor said.
Failure by Obama to pass a congressional resolution okaying an attack on Syria in response to the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons would be a disaster for him, painting him as a weak, ineffective leader on the domestic and international stage and hobbling his presidency for the next three years.
It’s a vote he has to win, and now the Republican leaders he has ripped mercilessly are putting politics aside and backing him.