Boozy Boehner?

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House Minority Leader John Boehner is having a tough week. He’s been pounded by Democrats for comparing the financial crisis to an “ant” and the financial regulatory reform bill a “nuclear weapon” the Dems have broken out to slay that pesky ant. But adding insult to injury, one of his own, Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, accused Boehner of being “disengaged at best” and a “lazy” barfly. Boehner was asked today about these allegations in a press conference today:

QUESTION: What do you think about Joe Scarborough calling you lazy?

BOEHNER: I’ve always believed you only tease the ones you love.

QUESTION: Is there any truth to the matter that you’re at bars at 5 or 6 o’clock during the day?

BOEHNER: You can go back over the last 16 years and — and look at my schedule, and you’ll — you’d be hard-pressed to find a night when I wasn’t doing events for my colleagues and my candidates.

Best non-denial denial ever! I drink for you, my people. I suffer every drop of that loathed bourbon all for the GOP conference.