We’re hearing from several quarters, mainly simple-minded conservatives but some liberals, that we need to take a wide broom to Congress and sweep everyone away. Tro da bums out! That makes about as much sense as clearing out the entire fridge–freezer included–because there’s a carton with a dozen rotten eggs.
There are some good Democrats in both houses who have been fighting both the Republicans and their own Democratic leadership to avoid spending cuts to social services and retirement programs, Barbara Boxer and James Clyburn among them. And of course, Bernie Sanders is the crown jewel of the Senate.
If you’re going to take a broom to Congress, sweep every single Republican. You’ll find them in that carton of rotten eggs except there’s a lot more than merely a dozen of them.Maybe that’s why they’re so nuts. Scientific experiments have proven rats will go insane if a large number of them are hemmed into a tiny space. Maybe all Republicans come from tiny spaces to begin with.
In olden days, Boehner’s story would have been told as a Shakespearean-like play. Coddled rich boy grows up in his Lord father’s castle, dreaming of being a Lord himself someday. He serves as an officer in his father’s army and eventually inherits Dad’s lorddom. He joins forces with another lord’s army and together they go off to wage war against the King. Boehner quickly finds out he’s not Lord material, suffers a devasting loss after his soldiers turn against him and depose him from command. He limps back home, only to find out his people don’t want him back as Lord either. He opens a small tavern in town because when he’s drunk around drunken people, life isn’t so bad. The end.
Boehner’s a classic example of someone who’s ambition overreached his abilities. Had he been content to stay a regular garden-variety Congressman, his job would still be secure, possibly but not probably after the 2012 elections. But, he HAD to be Speaker Of The House. One of Clint Eastwood’s famous movie lines was “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Boehner obviously didn’t, but President Obama and Eric Cantor both obviously did. They each gave Boehner enough rope to hang himself, although Obama kept offering to use the rope on himself. Boehner lived up to both their expectations and now his political career hangs there, turning slowly in the wind. This really wouldn’t have made a very good play because everyone in the audience could already guess the ending before they took their seats. But, fortunately for America, the sequel to Lord Boehner, Lord Boehner II, The Fall of Lord Cantor, is the same exact story with the same exact ending. Republicans never did have any new ideas.