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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Valid Point

As usual, Booman makes a really good point.

I've always felt more sympathy for Boehner than, say, Mitch McConnell.  McConnell's back raison d'etre is to obstruct.  His role is simple, though pernicious.

Boehner, as Speaker, has to govern.  And he has to do so with a dysfunctional caucus of legislative nihilists.  I think Boehner wants to achieve big things; that's why he was part of the "Grand Bargain" negotiations in the summer of '11.

But if he's going to get ANYTHING done, if he's not going to tank the whole US economy at the very least, he's going to have to cobble together a coalition of sane Republicans and Democrats.

Booman, however, raises the very real possibility that Boehner is a raging alcoholic.  We know he has a habit of giving public speeches while drunk and crying in public - which Booman argues might be sign he's drunk.  I can buy that.  I had a few beers last night with dinner and found myself crying at Sleepless in Seattle for chrissake.

Aside from praying for the continued good health of Obama and Biden, one has to wonder what effect his potential alcoholism will have on the coming months of legislative brinksmanship.

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