“I need this job like I need a hole in the head.”— House Speaker John Boehner in today's Wall Street Journal.
Can't be an easy job. If you work for the country, you get crucified by your own party. If you tow the party line, then you still get nothing done and the same extremists crucify you for not getting results. Being speaker for the GOP is walking a tight-rope, where your goal is to avoid blame at any cost. I wouldn't want the job.
Boehner should count his blessings. To him it is a figure of speech. To his former colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, it is the new normal...
*sigh* Boehner's obviously tired of dealing with the Tea Partiers.
He should take stock of the Fiscal Cliff vote for comfort: All he needs to do is propose bills that get the support of the Dems plus the (somewhat) rational GOPers. He can ignore the TP faction all together and actually, you know, accomplish something as Speaker.
His inability to understand "We don;t have a spending problem, we have an aging problem" is the number one impediment to actually dealing with the deficit in a rational manner. As far as the GOP is concerned, the deficit is just another tool in their box to try to get the Democrats to do their ideological dirty work of gutting Medicare.
After reading Boehner's whining in that WSJ piece, I don't have much sympathy for him. Boehner likes playing the put-upon victim of circumstance while simultaneously trying to dictate policy to the Senate and Oval Office.
@susankeber Welcome to Swampland, susankeber!
“I need this job like I need a hole in the head.”
And yet you cried again when you got it. The hole in your head is your mouth. It's where you pour your beer.
@nflfoghorn Duh! Never realized that the yellow tinge to him was akin to the yellow stains on some walls and other surfaces many years ago before I quit smoking.
Wouldn't you cry if you were a GOP Speaker?
I'd cry if I were a GOP anything.
I'm sure the Demos would gladly welcome repentant Republicans in whatever quantity is available.
ME!!! GOP???? If there was a couch nearby I'd already be passed out on it. (waves hand in front of face and complains of the vapors).