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Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Economy, Politics, Society | 3 comments

Boehner’s Place in History

The Speaker, with his feat of displeasing almost everyone in the debt-ceiling mess–the White House, Tea Party, GOP Senators, even the Congressional Budget Office–is earning his place in a volume that was in the making years ago to commemorate historic feats of mismanagement, “They Must Know What They’re Doing or They Wouldn’t Be Where They Are.”

It would have honored the Captain of the Titanic, Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression, LBJ’s handling of the Vietnam War, and Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis, among other monumental mishaps.

In this century, the list would include Heckuva Job Brownie’s work at FEMA during Hurricane Katrina and, of course, the Master himself—-George W. for the Iraq War. (The jury is still out on Barack Obama’s pyrrhic victory in health care reform.)

Garden-variety incompetence does not qualify a public figure for this pantheon. Stunning stubborness has to be compounded by a total lack of foresight and an unerring instinct to misread possible outcomes.


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  • DLS

    Poor angry liberals. [sniffle]

  • slamfu

    Poor angry Americans I think you mean. Seriously, how bad do GOP policies have to get before you will admit they have made some very serious, predictable and avoidable mistakes that have had dire consequences for this nation? Not dire consequences 20 or 30 years from now, but ones that have already done a great deal to weaken our country.

  • DLS

    I’ve criticized the GOP numerous times. (Too bad the main body of posters on here doesn’t do the same for their Democratic Party.)

    Meanwhile, to switch to a serious note, here’s criticism of Boehner from people purporting to be Tea Party leadership, that hints at the opposition Boehner faces within the House GOP.

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