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Friday, January 14, 2011

Defending The Tan Man

I was waiting to see how long it would take conservatives to defend the new Speaker of The House from doing something incredibly dumb. Sad that it took the death of innocents and the assassination attempt of a Democratic Congresswoman for them to go full steam ahead.

This obnoxious meme began last night when word got out that House Speaker John Boehner didn’t travel with Barack Obama to Arizona for last night’s memorial in Tucson. Boehner snubbed Obama! He snubbed Giffords!......

Well, guess what - he did.

The above quote is from none other than Ed Morrissey, recent "Blogger Laureate" of last years CPAC and someone that is more than willing to bend the fabric of reality in order to prop up even the most ridiculous meme from the modern American Right.

His laughably insipid validation actually comes from TPM, a site that usually has something of value to add to the national discussion.

Yesterday, House members attended a vigil for victims of the Arizona shooting spree in an auditorium underneath the Capitol Visitor’s Center. As they trickled in, a House aide provided reporters, including me, a glimpse of the program of events and list of speakers. There was one small revision to the schedule, though: Minority Whip Steny Hoyer would be reading Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s portion of scripture, because she was on her way to Tucson with the President.

If Boehner had accepted the invitation, then the leaders of both parties would have missed the Wednesday vigil.

Yeah, because if Boehner's tears weren't present in Washington, then all semblance of reverence would have disappeared, Congressional interns would have been sacrificed to Aqua Buddah, and gays would have been allowed to marry.

Is that really the argument that the Right wants to make at this point, that Boehner - the man who was allegedly elected by his fellow House members to bring order and stability to not only the Lower Chamber, but America - couldn't be bothered to do what any decent member of the electorate should do?

Sure, there was a vigil on Capitol Hill, but I'm fairly certain that it would have went off without a hitch had Orange McMaudlinDrunk got on a plane with Pelosi and Obama to pay respects to the dead in Tuscon.

But everyone needs a story, don't they......

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