Y’know, it really seems like each party just picks the Speaker based on who they think will piss off the opposite side more. Gingrich, Pelosi, Boehner. Not a one of them inspired anything resembling cooperation or bipartisanship.
Although I think what pisses me off more than anything is that once they’re in power, all of these guys start talking about moving beyond partisan bickering, acting as though all of the absurd polemicist rhetoric was someone else’s fault.
The election puts Mr. Boehner in the line of presidential succession, just behind the vice president, and instantly makes him the most powerful Republican in Washington, at a time when partisanship is running high — or what he called “a great deal of scar tissue” that he said “has built up on both sides of the aisle.”
Yes, there is. And all that scar tissue is built up largely on Democrats’ faces and Republicans’ knuckles. This is a pattern with Republicans: spend the pre-election season calling them terrorist-huggers and communists, then once the dust clears and they’ve won a couple seats, play nice-nice and pretend that they weren’t the ones holding the crowbar.
In fairness, Boehner isn’t as bad as some of the others. He said the GOP will “avoid” a governmental shutdown, although didn’t take it off the table. However, the party he presides over is still the same bunch that called for just that.
But you guys know me. I’m very Anne Frank, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that UV-Boehner won’t cater to the extreme wing of his party, although I’m not exactly holding my breath.