January 3, 2013
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John Boehner has always looked to me like somebody more comfortable in a smoke filled bar than a country club. More at home knocking back a few, cigarette hanging out of his mouth, with a couple of good ol’ boys then hobnobbing with the educated elite. Not that there’s anything wrong with those other options. Lord knows, I’d rather hang out at a bar than at a country club. But, there’s always been something a little seedy about Mr. Boehner which leads to my lack of surprise at stories like this. This the kind of thing I want to see more of from our leaders. A “go fuck yourself.” Not once, but twice. They should start doing this more often. Maybe Boehner wants Reid in a steel cage death match.
Maybe Boehner would have preferred being Speaker back in the 1800s, when these petty squabbles could be settled via a duel, with the last man standing and the other dead. Think about how fun that would be if Reid and Boehner squared off with pistols at the ready. I’m reading Team of Rivals, the exhaustive (and I mean exhaustive) story of Lincoln and his cabinet of rivals. There’s a story about a Senator Stanton who made a fiery anti-slavery speech that another Senator found offensive. The next day the offended Senator walked into the Senate chamber while Stanton was at work at his desk. The offended Senator walked up to Stanton and beat him with a heavy cane, leaving Stanton unable to return to his duties for the next three years. Maybe Boehner would prefer that???
I get that the fiscal cliff negotiations were probably pretty difficult. Made more difficult by the fact that Boehner can’t get votes from his own party for the deals he tries to hammer out. I mean, seriously, how do you lead a party that is unwilling to vote for deals you negotiate. Not once, but over and over again. I realize also that his precious speakership was hanging in the balance — probably more important to him than actually reaching a deal that works for America. But, maybe, just maybe, Mr. Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, you just might have come up with a more creative way to express your disdain for Mr. Reid.