Did you happen catch a glimpse of John Boehner's cameo appearance to respond to President Obama's earlier news conference? A couple of questions. Expressed disappointment that Obama was ignoring the speaker's pleas. Threw in his concern for the children and grandchildren of future generations. Out the door. Zombie attack ends.
Why does it seem that Boehner is trying to play president himself, one on one at eye level. His next step is negotiations with Putin. As Nikita Khrushchev supposedly once said: What's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable.
Too bad for the rest of us, no matter how often Boehner & Co. keep telling us that they are only doing what the American people want. Apparently if you are not a Tea Partyer you no longer qualify as The American people. Good grief. Has it come to that?
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The Shutdown Chronicles today include a report from the Columbus Dispatch that our governor supported a shutdown as a congressman in 1995. At that time, Kasich told Public Broadcasting's Jim Lehrer that "we were fighting over real principles and real integrity." And today: The guv opposes a shutdown (2014 is an election year). Rob Nichols, the guv's voice-over, told the Dispatch he could explain everything.
Something about the way the wind is blowing today, said Nichols, in his short course on political meteorology:
"Headwinds from Washington pose a risk to Ohio's economy and the governor hopes that an agreement is reached on a responsible budget that provides certainty for Ohio and the American people."Did I mention this crowd's oft-repeated concern for The American people"?
Kasich was less fearful of headwinds when he was seated a long way from Columbus. In his attempt at authorship, he wrote in his book Stand for Something : "As it happened, President Clinton wanted to phony up the numbers in the first go-round, so we shut down the government. I look back and think it was one of the greatest moments of my career."
His self-awarded real principles and integrity can do that
for a guy, don't you think?