House Speaker John Boehner went to a lot of trouble to get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress today without following normal protocol. Speaker Boehner wanted to embarrass President Obama by inviting another country’s head of state to speak to Congress without going through the Obama White House. Boehner must believe that this adolescent-style antic of sneaking his “friend” into the house would SCORE an impressive victory and make him look strong.
The Boehner-Lovers and Obama-Haters tittered with glee, as if he was counting coup. But what did he accomplish?
- Boehner succeeded in dragging the Israeli PM into the “Fantasy America Delusion Land” where he spends most of his time with the right-wing of the GOP. He cannot accept that his “America of Yesteryear” died in 2008 and it is not coming back.
- He helped the anti-Netanyahu political forces in Israel by revealing their PM’s crude GOP-like tactics used to try to pressure the US President. Every burst of applause at today’s speech in the US Capitol was effectively a one-handed-clap. Israel’s position on “Nuclear Iran” has not improved and Netanyahu will fly home empty-handed.
- John Boehner dug a big pothole in the road to a GOP effort to win possession of the White House next year. This will not help his party win over any Independent or Democrat voters before the 2016 Election.
I hope everyone who is not a rabid political partisan will remember how John Boehner’s Big Score was more important to him than the nation’s needs. It will not increase respect for the United States in the rest of the world. It was simply an attempt at political revenge.
This obsession with revenge started in November, 2008 when the taste of electoral defeat was still strong in the mouths of those who had called the President-Elect everything except a Child-Of-God. And with the 2012 election Obama has beaten them TWICE.
This Netanyahu event today was Boehner’s umpteenth attempt to ruin the man who is his President. Boehner demonstrated that he may not deserve to be Speaker Of The House Of Representatives, or even a congressman.
Article by Stephen Maddox Sr.