Archive for October, 2010

The man who would be Speaker

October 27, 2010

I don’t often get all political, but I will when I need to say something. 

I will admit, I’m not a big fan of Nancy Pelosi‘s big, fake toothy smile.  Her voice irritates the heck out of me, and I find her as insincere as the Cheshire Cat and as trustworthy as Kaa from The Jungle Book, but I can’t vote for her.  I didn’t vote for her, nor did I vote for a representative based on who would control congress.  I voted for the representative who will best represent my desires as a voter and citizen of my part of my state.  While it might then appear that I don’t care who Speaker of the House is, I am concerned about where we will go as a nation should the Democrats lose control of the House. 

For I am less of a fan of John Boehner, and as the election approaches my anxiety about him grows. 

First, John Boehner and those who would vote to place him as Speaker disturb me because of a fundraising letter I received from Congressman Boehner a couple months ago.  The Distinguished Gentleman from Ohio found it necessary to tell me how his name is pronounced — Boehner (as in Bay-ner) — implying I might pronounce it as boner.  Was this somebody’s idea of an adolescent anatomy  joke?  Even were it not, shouldn’t the congressman’s constituency — those who know him enough to care about his pursuit of Speaker of the House — know how to pr0nounce his name?

This isn’t what concerns me the most.  What concerns me the most is the following statement from the Paul Kane piece on the congressman in the Washington Post:  “Boehner chalks up his theatrical obstructionism to the reality of being minority leader: He must shout to be heard.”  I think those who are in a position to determine what Boehner’s role will be for the next two years ought to consider what Edward R. Murrow had to say about such shouting:  “[T]he fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other.”  

Congressman, if all you’re doing is obstructing and shouting, when will you have something to say?     

A beautiful valentine

October 27, 2010