OK, I must admit: I was willing to give John Boehner some slack.
No, I don’t agree with him on any issue. But his side won, fair and square. And he’s not an evil guy, like Newt Gingrich.
So, I was willing to give him some slack. UNTIL I saw his first interview as Speaker, with Brian Williams.
When Brian reminded him that that a Birther had interrupted the reading of the Constitution to protest President Obama’s citizenship, Boehner said he was satisfied that Obama was an American citizen, born in the USA, and therefore a legitimate president.
Would he tell 12 Republican House members who are Birthers to drop their own attempts to disqualify Obama? No, no, no, insisted Boehner. Because they had a right to their own opinion.
And, right there, Boehner lost any respect I might have had for him.
That was a moment crying out for leadership. That was the time for a real leader to stand up and say: There are limits to what you can preach as a member of our Republican caucus: You can’t be for genocide. You can’t be for slavery. And you can’t be a Birther.
Instead, Boehner refused to stand up to the crazies – and proved just how weak a leader he is.
That’s my parting shot for today.