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Rosanne Cash regrets John Boehner tweet -- but only to a point

Roseanne Cash (Helayne Seidman/The Washington Post)

The man may become the House majority leader after Tuesday's election, but one supporter John Boehner (R-OH) can't count on is Rosanne Cash.

Cash made clear her displeasure with Boehner on Monday night in a tweet: "John Boehner: Stop using my dad's name as a punchline, you ---hat." (The word has been modified to protect the innocent readers of the Post.)

A day later, Cash, the singer and author of the new memoir "Composed," regrets the pejorative term she used.

"I just thought it was a funny rebuke," she said in a phone call Tuesday afternoon. But she remains firm that she had the right to criticize Boehner.

The minority leader crossed the singer when she read a New York Times article that quotes Boehner using her father's name as a go-to line in his stump speech:

"Remember when Ronald Reagan was president," he said. "We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash."

Despite Cash's liberal leanings, she said the motivation behind the tweet came less from disagreeing politically with Boehner and more from her frustration with people who use the memory of her father for their own political or social use.

"People co-opt my dad... but he was a real person who had his own beliefs," she says. "They make him a one-dimensional image to further their own agendas."

For the most part, she says, the response has been supportive, though there have been some detractors.

It was also a lesson in Twitter for her. "You feel like you're talking to your group of friends, and then suddenly it's out there in the world... I'm a little abashed that it appears that I'm participating in the vitriol."

Cash will be back out on the road soon promoting her album "The List" and said she has no other political message except for people to "get out and vote."

Boehner has not responded to calls for comment to this story.

By Melissa Bell  | November 2, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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Just another "Rosie"..Who cares what she thinks, she can't give away any of her music, skating on Johnny's name has gotten her No Where..John Boehner is the New Speaker, the Witch is Dead..Hey Rosie,Get back to us when you sober up....

Posted by: ReverendCirca53 | November 2, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

You silly little girl. Johnny Cash didn't belong to just you. He belonged to all of us, including John Boehner, and he wouldn't have had it any other way. You should grow up and appreciate your dad for what he was. A true American Icon and his music lives on in my, and millions of other, record and tape collections all over the world. Count your blessing for having him as your dad and appreciate the honor people give to him when they use him and his music. Generations have loved your father. Would you prefer that we forget him?

Posted by: Molly9 | November 3, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Boner reveals he is a halfwit... let him use whatever garbled nonsense that pops in his little lizard brain.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | November 3, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

@Molly9 I should have included in the story, but failed to, that Rosanne said, "He belongs to the world." She is fully aware of her father's impact and importance to his fans. Her point was not that fans should not celebrate him or not remember him, but that politicians should not use his name to forward their own political ideology when he can no longer say he agrees or disagrees with their policies.

Posted by: Melissa Bell | November 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

wow, GROW UP're old enough

Posted by: mcsquared65 | November 3, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I guarantee that Johnny Cash, a working class hero, and the son of a dirt farmer from Arkansas, would not be pleased to hear the Big Orange Boehner use his name in the same sentence as the President (Reagan) who started the whole deficit mess we are in today in a stump speech for some addle-brained Republican revival in 2010. Rosanne did the right thing.

Posted by: falconium | November 3, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Roseanne was right the first time. Great singer, great person. Keep on keeping on, Roseanne.

Posted by: brantl1 | November 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Roseanne was right the first time. Great singer, great person. Keep on keeping on, Roseanne.

Posted by: brantl1 | November 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

She has every right to stated whatever comment about her father. A fan is just a fan but family is another matter. Calling her a bad name is not the most mature responds that I would expect from a individual that read this blog. Roseanne thank you for speaking up for your father . And Boehner will show the country his true colors you just wait and see. And you don't have to write me you can tell in my comment I don't like his policies and how he attack the current President. I as and American have always respected the sitting President.

Posted by: vernacrichardson | November 3, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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