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Kindred Spirits: Speaker John Boehner And Speaker Thomas Reed

September 25, 2015

On Tuesday I started my latest book.  Little did I know that it would be a perfect fit for the political bombshell that landed this morning when House Speaker John Boehner made it known he would resign his position and leave congress at the end of October.

No one can blame Boehner for the decision he made.

In fact just about ten days ago I suggested that Boehner tell the conservative jackasses to go to hell.

There is no way I would want the job or stress that Boehner faces in the weeks and months to come.  There is no way I would not at once jettison the chamber that is more committed to driving the nation into the ditch than governing.   I would retire to a beachfront home and get a glass of wine and read in the sun and let the knuckle-draggers spin and slime away in the muck which they have created.

I have long been of the view Boehner could have been a great speaker as he wants to move the trains on time.  He could have worked out compromises with the White House had there not been a continuous narcissistic band of loud-mouths from the far-right threatening his every move.   Those deadweights on the party are more interested in the sound of their shouts and blather than the well being of the nation.

For that reason alone I hope Boehner comes to peace within himself and tells the conservative jackasses to go to hell and takes off for his time in the sun.  I would be happy to share my reading list with him.

It can be argued that Speaker Boehner left under high-minded reasoning if you discount the political turf battle that would have required him to get assistance from Democratic house members to counter the three-thumb crowd who wished to oust him.

High-mindedness is also front and center in James Grant’s highly readable and lively “Mr. Speaker”, the story of  House Speaker Thomas Reed from Maine who will resign rather than lend his support to the war fever of President Teddy Roosevelt.   It is becoming quite clear as I read this book that Reed is the most fascinating politician history rarely talks about.

So as I will read the newspapers which land on the front stoop with reports of Boehner leaving Washington, I will also be found in the front yard turning the book pages and stepping back in history to discover the life and times of another speaker who bid farewell and went back home.

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