Soon-to-be-Speaker John Boehner broke into tears during his victory address, recalling how he had risen from a low-income childhood mopping the floors of his father’s tavern. “I spent my whole life chasing the American dream,” he said tearily. — Gail Collins, NY Times
Heads up, Washington! Look out, world! There’s a new Speaker in town, and he’s……weepy. It’s not the first time, either. The man cries like a teething toddler with a pis-slicked pacifier.
Not that anybody really anticipates that Boner’s takeover signals the start of a new, clean, corruption-free era in the House. His floor mopping days are behind him. Now he’s one of the most established K Street presences in Congress, a must-know power broker for any serious player in the Capitol.
[Boner] maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.
They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.
Some of the lobbyists readily acknowledge routinely seeking his office’s help — calling the congressman and his aides as often as several times a week — to advance their agenda in Washington. And in many cases, Mr. Boehner has helped them out. – NYTimes
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Of course, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi never wept in public – maybe she feared her mascara running – but to nobody’s surprise, underneath Boner’s tanning clinic suntan and Pelosi’s face lift their exists the same beast, with the same agenda. Let the games begin.