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John Boehner: firebrand or statesman?

As we wait to find out whether Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will go from House minority leader to presumed speaker of the House, it's instructive to look back at his speech opposing the health-care reform bill. I remember the fire and the shrillness of his "hell no you can't." But after watching the clip below, I'm also struck by the flashes of statesman-like oratory. I was heartened by it. It was almost enough for me to forget that he campaigned over the weekend with a fella who used to dress up in SS uniforms. (Okay, maybe not.)

If Boehner does become speaker, I hope we see more of the statesman and less of the firebrand. The nation is desperate for solutions from the White House and Congress, Democrats and Republicans. More screaming and flailing from the floor of the House will not, as Boehner said, "reflect the will of the American people."

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 2, 2010; 6:14 PM ET
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Neither. well tanned country club golfer.

Posted by: auntywbush | November 2, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

neither. well tanned country club golfer.

Posted by: auntywbush | November 2, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Boehner exemplifies everything that is reprehensible in elected officials. He is banal, power hungry, knee jerk combative, not terribly bright and has no interest or concern for the American people. John Boehner is all about.......John Boehner. Yet the people in his district who keep electing him seem either blind or indifferent. That raises the question, "Who is more irresponsible - Boehner or the electorate in his district?"

Posted by: colton | November 2, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Boehner exemplifies everything that is reprehensible in elected officials. He is banal, power hungry, knee jerk combative, not terribly bright and has no interest or concern for the American people. John Boehner is all about.......John Boehner. Yet the people in his district who keep electing him seem either blind or indifferent. That raises the question, "Who is more irresponsible - Boehner or the electorate in his district?"

Posted by: colton | November 2, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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