“Junket John” Boehner is not a leader. He never was. The only reason he has his present position is because he is in bed with just about every lobbyist in Washington, which means he can grease the wheels of his Rushpubliscum cohorts whenever they might need a little extra cash.
He managed thus to buy himself the position of Speaker, but the day he took the position he was in over his head. His drunk ass is adequate when it comes to casting votes for whatever his lobbyists have told him to vote for, but if the task at hand requires actually remembering something, Boehner is too far gone to perform. Here is just one example of Junket John’s alcohol-induced dementia in action.
I’d suggest an intervention, but as we can see, it’s way too late for that. About all that could be done for Junket John is to get him to an assisted-living facility.
In order to increase pressure on House Republicans to pass the Senate compromise on the two-month payroll tax cut extension, Dems are pointing out that John Boehner seemed to previously indicate that the House GOP would support it — before getting an earful from his caucus and nixing his backing of the plan.
The idea Dems are pushing is that Boehner has lost control of the volatile Tea Party wing of his caucus and is unable to muster unity among House Republicans behind a proposal that passed the Senate by 89 votes. Dems are casting the House vote on the Senate compromise as a key test of his leadership, arguing that a No vote will show Boehner las lost control — a storyline Republicans reject.
Democrats are still hoping that by increasing the pressure on Republicans, the Senate extension could pass the House today. House Dem leaders have now sent a letter to Dem members urging them to vote for the measure in “overwhelming” numbers, a Dem aide tells me. If the vast majority of Dems support it, only around two dozen Republicans would have to vote Yes in order for it to pass. Nancy Pelosi has denounced the House GOP’s latest maneuver as a “made up crisis.”
Speaking to reporters today, Boehner insisted that the Senate compromise would not pass the House and that he had never supported it. “I raised concerns about the two-month process from the moment that I heard about it,” Boehner said.
How does that square with the timeline of events? Last Thursday, Boehner said: “If the Senate acts, I’m committed to bringing the House back — we can do it within 24 hours — to deal with whatever the Senate does.”
Asked to square those two statements, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told me that Boehner had merely pledged to vote on the Senate’s compromise, not to support it. “We are acting on what the Senate produced — we’re voting on it tonight,” Steel told me. “He said ‘act,’ not ‘support.’”
Poor Mr. Steel. It has got to be excruciating to have to constantly wipe the ass of a chronic drunk. I wonder if Steel has to make Junket John’s beer runs too?