Speaker Boehner Admits Real Reason GOP Blocked Consumer Protection Nominee

January 04, 2012 2:15 pm ET — Jamison Foser

Rep. John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admits Senate Republicans have been blocking Richard Cordray's nomination as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for reasons that have nothing to do with Cordray:

"This position had not been filled for one reason: the agency it heads is bad for jobs and bad for the economy."

So the GOP filibuster had nothing to do with the nominee. According to Boehner, Republicans would've filibustered any nominee, because they don't like the agency itself — which was, remember, created by an act of Congress. That's pretty much the definition of an illegitimate filibuster. 

While Republicans have long made clear that they would oppose any nominee to head the agency, they at least pretended the opposition had something to do with the structure of the job. Boehner has dropped the pretense and admitted Republicans just don't like the agency, and will do anything they can to hamstring it.