Monday, July 22, 2013

John Boehner: Naked and Gelded

Bob Schieffer is the most astute interviewer in television news today. He's been around a long time. His show, "Face the Nation" is punctuated by his wisdom, experience and keen observations gleaned during fifty years in the business of reporting. This is our Speaker of the House, John Boehner. He's being interviewed by Bob Schieffer and he doesn't want to commit to any plans or ideas that involve immigration, the economy etc. He claims not to know of the President's agenda. He just wants to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act aka "Obamacare". Who's in charge here? Certainly not John Boehner. Boehner's pedantic and dismissive remarks, unwillingness to answer specific questions, annoyance with Schieffer's dogged persistence, are the stuff of an eye opening interview. The interview lasts 16 minutes, the first 7 are must see tee vee.

Aside from Boehner's insufferable attitude, what is most obvious here is his reluctance to commit to any plan of action resulting from his fear of retaining the position of Speaker of the House. He kowtows to the extreme elements in the GOP. He is a man being pulled in many directions by many demanding factions, including the President. He is resentful, he is ineffective, he is, in effect, a gelding.

As always, Schieffer puts things in perspective by reminding us, once upon a time, the country was working to accomplish great things.


bill lisleman said...

interesting combination of news clips. Today is seems going to Mars might be easier than getting a good bill through congress. Did Speaker Boehner say the government was out of control? I think the Republican party has been out of control since the right wing nuts started the tea party.

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

So frustrating to watch! I feel my whole body tensing up. Bob Schieffer does a good job putting things into perspective, but is anybody listening? Sigh.

Kay said...

I agree completely. By the way, I just popped over from DJan's blog and am really enjoying yours. What fun!


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