John Boehner's Office: It's True, We Really Want to Hurt Dems

Yesterday, liberal commentators jumped on a seemingly deadly gaffe by Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) when he stated in no uncertain terms that the GOP's strategy of stubborn obstructionism is intended to "bring down approval numbers for House Democrats," as opposed to say, steer the economy out of its death spiral, or at least help to buffer its harsh impact on the American people.

One would expect GOP leaders to frantically backpedal on the statement, like when some wayward Republican dares challenge the wisdom of Rush Limbaugh and is then forced to prostrate themselves before the GOP's Supreme Leader.

But nope. Apparently McHenry's take on the GOP's strategy is largely correct, according to John Boehner's office. In a statement to Greg Sargent, spokesperson Michael Steel said:

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