Thursday, August 26, 2010

Is Vintage Boehner Back? Has He Had Enough? Let's Hope So...

What I especially like about what Boehner was up to in his attack on Geithner and Summers is that he is putting pressure on the administration at a sore point. President Obama could defend his advisors by saying that none of this was due to them and that he had disregarded their advice regarding the consequences of his policies. But that would not do him or his party any good. It would be admission of irresponsibility on their part. Alternatively, he could fire Geithner and Summers, but that would also do the President and his party harm, for it would be an admission that his economic policy is a failture. Finally, he – or his hapless Vice-President – could try to blunt Boehner’s criticism by once again attacking George W. Bush and by once again claiming that recovery is just around the corner, and this is the option now being pursued. But it, too, is a loser. “Who are you going to believe?” the Republicans can ask. “Joe Biden and Barack Obama or your own lying eyes?”

Moreover, every bit of controversy of this sort that erupts between now and the first Tuesday in November serves to nationalize the election by reminding voters of the consequences of what the Democrats in the House and Senate have done since 2008. As Michael Bennett, a Democrat who was appointed last year to represent Colorado in the Senate, confessed last Saturday, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet and, in my view we have nothing to show for it.”
I do hope that John Boehner keeps turning up the heat. ~Paul Rahe @ Big Government

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If he fired little Timmy, I would have a party.