John "I Have a" Boehner -- aka the "Orange Overlord" and the "Weeper of the House" -- is the tangerine-hued jackhole who leads the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives. He represents the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.
He has demonstrated multiple times how relentlessly stupid he is. Between mixing up the US Constitution with its Declaration of Independence and thinking that Gitmo detainees are more comfortable than "many Americans," no other party in the world (besides the British National Party and the regimes of several theocracies) would allow him to be on a stage, let alone be a leader.
He joined the US Navy after graduating from high school in 1968, but was discharged a few weeks later because he has a "bad back." Currently, one of his favorite leisure activities is playing golf. Hmm. His extensive military career proved to be excellent preparation for his political role as a
chickenhawk war hawk, though.
Some of his more infamous stunts include:
- Contract With America
- In 1995, he doled out checks from tobacco lobbyists on the floor of the House before a vote on tobacco subsidies. He then issued a "lol whoops sorry" apology and prattled about the importance of ethics reform in keeping people (like him) from doing things like this.
- Sitting on information regarding the Mark Foley scandal.
- Backing Rich Iott, the Nazi reenactment guy, for Representative in the 2010 elections.
- Getting defeated... on a light bulb bill.
Just in case the last mistakes were just uninformed errors, Boehner has had serious issues dealing with the hyperconservative faction of the Republican Party. In the fiscal cliff debacle, Boehner was unable to rein in his Teabagger orderlies for yea votes on Plan B (which would have resulted in a modest tax hike for a very, very small portion of rich Americans). Furthermore, a handful of far-right Republicans attempted a coup in which another member or even outsider would be voted Speaker. Boehner kept his job, which may not have been such a bad thing considering some of the alternatives.
He has also said that the Obama Administration is "snuffing out the America that I grew up in." Considering that he was born in 1949, this would seem to imply that he is nostalgic for -- among other things -- black-and-white television; black-and-white morality; Jim Crow laws; the Cold War; McCarthyism; the Korean War and the first years of the Vietnam War; war protests and the Kent State shootings; the Sherman Antitrust Act; the lingering effects of New Deal programs; strong labor unions and a strong American manufacturing base; the Glass–Steagall Act and other tight regulations of Wall Street; demand-side economics and a top marginal tax rate of 75% or more; and Democratic Party control of both houses of Congress for most of the first 30 years of his life.
- ↑ Waggaman, Riley. "IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA: New Orange Overlord Begins Reign Of Terror", Wonkette.com, posted 5 January 2011.
- ↑ Cordes, Nancy. "John Boehner: 'Weeper of the House?'", CBS News website, posted 13 December 2010.
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- ↑ Tucker, Brandon. "Unhappy couple: Golf and the back may fight, but you can find harmony", The Golf Channel's WorldGolf website, posted 3 February 2009.
- ↑ The Crying Shame of John Boehner, a none-too-flattering portrait of the Weeper by Matt Taibbi.
- ↑ Wereschagin, Mike, and Salena Zito. "Obama's good for GOP, Boehner says", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, posted and accessed 29 June 2010.