Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Unclear on the Concept

There's 'dumb', there's 'really dumb', and the there's John Boehner, who's made quite a career of saying very stupid things. His latest whopper should when some kind of prize for "doublespeak":

President Obama is arranging a bipartisan health care summit Thursday to allow both parties to have a venue to discuss their “best ideas” for reform. Republicans have since been sending “mixed signals” about the President’s invitation, continuing to urge bipartisanship but decrying the President’s attempt at it, sometimes in the very same press release. House Minority Leader John Boehner suggested that the summit was “some kind of trap.” Rep. Tom Price called it a “Hollow PR Blitz.” Now that House GOP leaders have finally committed to attending, however, they’re facing a new PR problem: selling the decision to their own caucus. Minority Leader John Boehner took his best shot, telling his conference today that he has decided to attend in order to “crash the party:”

According to a House GOP leadership aide familiar with the top-ranking Republican’s remarks at the weekly closed-door conference meeting, Boehner appealed to skeptical Republican lawmakers, saying, “We shouldn’t let the White House have a six-hour taxpayer-funded infomercial on ObamaCare. We need to show up. We need to crash the party.”

Uhm, Mr. were invited. "Crashing" a party where you are a "guest of honor" sounds rather idiotic. I realize that you are a professional dickhead, and that you think your job is to say outlandish shit in opposition to the president, but couldn't you at least try to make sense?

Of course, this is the same John Boehner who criticized the health care bill for being "too long", then criticized the Obama proposal for being "too short"; complained that republican proposals weren't being considered and then refused to put forward any actual proposals. He demanded "details" and "starting from scratch, with a blank piece of paper" all within the same week.

And somehow he's taken seriously. Which is sad. I understand the use of political rhetoric in the debate, but idiotic rhetoric?

Added: Over at Rumproast, marindenver put up a similar, but much better post. Read it here:

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