“Go fuck yourself!”
—House Speaker John Boehner to a surprised Senator Harry Reid last week at the White House, apparently in response to Reid’s comments to reporters that Boehner was “a dictator.”
Stay classy, Mr. Speaker.
Admittedly, there are few individuals on Capitol Hill more deserving of such a rebuke than Sen. Reid, but Speaker Boehner is obligated not to be the agent delivering it. Such personal incivility is inexcusable no matter how insulted Boehner felt, and no matter how high tensions were running during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Americans should expect their elected officials to conduct themselves with the dignity, honor and civility their positions demand. When they stoop to vulgarity and pure invective, they not only disgrace themselves, but also shame their high offices, the institutions in which they serve, and the nation.
Boehner is duty bound to apologize to Sen. Reid, his own party, Congress, his constituency, and the American people, for treating the serious business of the United States of America as if it were a gutter pissing match. Such inexcusable incivility is one of the primary factors in poisoning our policy process, and a significant reason for the failure of the government to address such problems as the deficit and the national debt.
Speaker Boehner’s lack of self-control, manners and decorum show him to be a detriment to Congress and the culture, and he ought to resign his post as Speaker.
Source: The Weekly Standard