The past few days, I have been thinking of words that begin with the letter L: lunatic, loser, liar, lowlife. Then those words didn’t seem adequate. So I began to think of words that began with the letter M: madness, murder, miscreant, moron. Those words were about right for Boehner.
Most Americans didn’t even know who John Boehner is. He was and is a relatively generic character. Just someone you would see every now in and then in the news. We saw him cry and weep for the American people when the Republicans took control of the House. We believed him when he said that jobs come first. It was a great P.R. ploy and an improvement from that last time the Government shut down with Gingrich in control. Image was a problem then. Boehner has no image except that of the devil. He played the game beautifully. He knew the best way to keep his fellow Republicans from throwing him off the reservation was to extend the negotiations as long as possible, making it look like he was hell-bent on confrontation with Obama as they were, and to hope that influential conservatives would eventually give him cover to cut a deal. He got help from the Democrats. They were gutless. But Boehner was the devil.
What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he’s around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I’m semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing…he will just bit by bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance…Just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. From Broadcast News.
That is just what he did. He talked and talked saying nothing. He attacked women, homeless veterans, education, the earth, and every possible thing that would help the American people. He smiled and then he cried. He was so good, that he got the Democrats to just about give him everything the Republicans and the Tea Party wanted. He was in a tough spot. He kept putting off his own party because he couldn’t risk intraparty mutiny. He and many other House Republicans fear the Tea Party. So he couldn’t sell out. He was willing to sell us out, but could not lose his position as Speaker. To him the choice was obvious. Money and power. The Devils work. He was slick. He told the Democrats yes, and the went back to the GOP and said there was no deal on the budget. They cheered him. Then he got help. The equally evil Karl Rove made a statement that Republicans risked helping Obama’s image as a tough-minded leader if they pushed for a shutdown. Even Bachman it was better to make a deal. The Devil had done his work; on his own party, the Democrats and us.
This cartoon says it all. The Devil in the not so cheap suit paid for by taxpayers $$. Time for a job evaluation and cut in pay. The Devil made him do it. The joke is on us.