Rosanne Cash regrets John Boehner tweet -- but only to a point
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.
| November 2, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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