We spent some time over the weekend trying to decide whether Seattle coach Pete Carroll or John Boehner called the worst plays in the early days of this year. A slight edge went to Boehner for his sneaky invitation to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without informing President Obama. Though many pro football frantics may disagree, terrible behavior in international diplomacy seems weightier than a call from the sidelines that probably cost Seattle the game.
But if there is anything to be learned from this, it is the cheerless Boehner's inability to recover his own fumble as it bounced to Israel and back. The U.S. House Speaker from southwestern Ohio gave us one more reason to suggest that he's unfit to regain his equilibrium since Obama chugged home with the presidency on two occasions.
One of Bibi's allies, Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi, said on Tel Aviv
radio that the Netanyahu team had been misled by Boehner into believing that the Democrats were fully on board with the invitation. He was quoted in the media as saying: "It appears the speaker of Congress made a move, in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one-sided move and not a move by both sides."
Time out on the field to find a newly inflated ball.
There's even gossip that Boehner will ask all of the Republicans who attend the speech, so politically timed for Israel's parliamentary election, to wear T-shirts to the sesssion emblazoned with: "At least Republicans love you, Bibi."
That would make as much sense as anything else that Boehner has recklessly contributed to the melee in assuming his own presidential throne. But why does he have to be from Ohio and not Texas or Idaho?