On Thursday John Boehner addressed the question of why his number two guy, Eric Cantor, was defeated in a surprise primary upset on Tuesday night.
His answer may surprise you. Cantor's defeat wasn't the outcome of a failure to engage with his constituents, as other Republicans have suggested. According to Boehner, Cantor's defeat was the fault of Obama's failure to engage with Republicans:
You have to understand, the American people are being squeezed by Obama's policies. The economy is not growing. Incomes aren't growing. We're not creating enough jobs. And two-thirds of America have seen no increase in their wages but their food prices are going up, their gas prices are going up, and their health insurance prices are going up. And so there's a lot of frustration that's out there, and they look to Washington, and wonder why we can't resolve these issues. And they're hard to resolve when you've got a president who won't engage.