When wingnuts pooh-pooh the President’s “personalizing” of the midterm elections by putting a face on the opposition, it’s a clear sign they’re worried and the strategy is a winner. I watched enough of the McLaughlin group to verify this truism. Nativist Pat Buchanan and wingnut Manhattanite Monica Crowley, an insufferable talk radio shill, both dismissed it.
Buchanan argued the President was “elevating” Minority Leader John Boehner. Nice try Pat, but you’re too old to fake it when you lay on the BS thick. You know full well that in dirty politics you’ve got to pull the crud out from under the rotting foundation and expose it, before disposing of it. Only then can we shore up the foundation.
The shallow Crowley basically let the cat out of the bag when she said Americans “have no idea who Boehner is” and they don’t care. Oh really? Sorry to upset your plans for concealing the scum and extremists in your midst (which by the way, includes you), but when a wingnut says Americans shouldn’t care who the scumsucker slated to become Speaker of the House is, if Republicans win control — it’s because they’re very afraid the voters will find out before November rolls around.
The thing about Boehner, from my personal observation of the man, is that he is dour, unimaginative, unintelligent, derivative and unoriginal (he frequently uses words like “insensitive” or “we have to be grown-ups” after others have said them, to make the opposite point), but cunning and despicable; in short, an individual who scarcely exercises his smile muscles — when he tries it comes across at best as a grimace — and proud of it. Beyond the low personal character, which includes being lazy and a Georgetown barfly, this spills over onto his public servant persona (an ironic oxymoron), which is unethical, straddling the illegal. During the House debate on legislation to regulate tobacco, Boehner was seen on the House floor distributing checks from the tobacco lobby.
Now that, according to the Idiot Punditocracy, Boehner is poised to become next Speaker of the House, a New York Times article exposes his sleaziness in greater detail than simply the barf-bag nauseating prospect of seeing this bastard’s face plastered nightly on the politics networks. (Memo to MSNBC: Don’t get too cozy with the Idiot Punditocracy’s triumphalism that you start parroting their line, lest you lose legions of progressive viewers too disgusted to see Boehner flapping his jaws incessantly on the Boehner toob.)
Here’s a sampler:
WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists and conservative political activists to Capitol Hill for a private strategy session. The bill’s passage in the House already seemed inevitable. But Mr. Boehner and his deputies told the Wall Street lobbyists and trade association leaders that by teaming up, they could still perhaps block its final passage or at least water it down. “We need you to get out there and speak up against this,” Mr. Boehner said that December afternoon, according to three people familiar with his remarks, while also warning against cutting side deals with Democrats. That sort of alliance — they won a few skirmishes, though they lost the war on the regulatory bill — is business as usual for Mr. Boehner, the House minority leader and would-be speaker if Republicans win the House in November. He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.So if you can wrest yourselves for a moment from watching Jimmy Johnson on “Survivor,” read on, indies. Because this is what you’ll be voting for if you pull or punch or touch that “R” — stands for repugnant government.
They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.