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Move over, Slurpee. Could cigarettes bridge the partisan divide?

By Jonathan Capehart

Ever since last week's "shellacking," President Obama has received advice from everyone (See: Tom Daschle, Martin Frost and Dana Milbank for starters) on how to deal the the new political landscape. At his day-after press conference, Obama was asked if he would invite House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner over for a Slurpee. Cue the laughter and attendant eyerolls for jokes about a "Slurpee Summit." But the dude's gotta do something to get his current political fortunes out of the ditch.

So, here's my prediction: It won't be a Slurpee that forges a bond between Democrat Obama and Republican Boehner. It'll be the Cigarette Caucus.

Regular smoke breaks on the Truman Balcony, at Camp David or wherever they choose to sneak them might be what's needed to bridge the partisan divide and ratchet down the heated rhetoric in Washington. Throw in a glass of merlot and we might have the makings of, if not a beautiful bipartisan friendship, then a working relationship that makes compromises or consensus easier to reach.

I will deserve every bit of criticism I get for encouraging the president to keep smoking. But for the sake of bipartisanship, the Democratic Party (not to mention his 2012 reelection ambitions) and the nation, I urge Obama not to give up smoking just yet. Besides, there hasn't been a hint that he's having much luck doing so -- or that Boehner has any desire to stop. So why not put their dirty and unhealthy habit to good use?

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 7, 2010; 10:01 PM ET
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As long as it's off the record who cares.

Posted by: RedBird27 | November 8, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Whatever works.

Posted by: 1toughlady | November 8, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Whatever works.

Posted by: 1toughlady | November 8, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Come on now, if he served Merlot, it would just further cement Obama's rep as a metrosexual eurof@g poser! At least suggest a real wine for him to serve, something with more body to stand up to the tobacco.

Posted by: mgochs | November 8, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

"At least suggest a real wine for him to serve, something with more body to stand up to the tobacco."

Bourbon and water = the perfect go-with for an American filtered cigarette.

I stopped smoking on March 1 after I had a heart attack and stent insertion. I miss my cigarettes, including the social times outside non-smoking buildings....

Posted by: roblimo | November 8, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

to all,

IF the new Congress would like to KEEP their jobs in 2012, they will NOT either "compromise with", "reach hands across the aisle" OR "coordinate with" BHO & the DIMocRATS. = instead they better be seen as THE ENEMY of BIG government, the DIMocRAT "party leadership" & start repealing "obamacare" & every other "part of the obama agenda". = FACT!

we TEA PARTIERS, Independents & "the traditional base" of the GOP want nothing less than a "quiet revolution" to assure BHO & his coven are GONE in 2012.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | November 8, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Texasnative46 says:
"we TEA PARTIERS, Independents & "the traditional base" of the GOP want nothing less than a "quiet revolution" to assure BHO & his coven are GONE in 2012."
Just a reminder, not eveyone believe it or not is a Tea Partier. It would seem that you people believe you speak for all Americans and I am here to remind you, YOU DO NOT!

Posted by: Marylander384 | November 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

NewsBusters| WaPo's Capeheart: Obama and Boehner Should Bond Over Cigarettes
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2010/11/08/wapos-capeheart-obama-and-boehner-should-bond-over-cigarettes

Posted by: StewartIII | November 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Marylander384,

fwiw, my compatriot-in-arms, TN46,has precisely as much right to speak for Tea Partiers, Independents & "the base of the GOP", as you do for people that you agree with. = it's called Freedom of Expression, in case that, over in "marvlous, marvlous & oh so wunnerful, wunnerful" Maryland, you haven't heard of The First Amendment to the BoR.

face it "384", most people outside the Capitol Beltway (& especially in America's heartland) think that Marylanders need their head examined, as you've infested our government with a bunch of DIMocRAT extremists/lunatics/obama- worshipers/halfwits (like Steny Hoyer, for example), who are "part of the problem" rather than part of the solutions to the problems that face our republic.

sincerely yours, Retired Mp46

Posted by: retiredMP46 | November 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Besides, there hasn't been a hint that he's having much luck doing so -- or that Boehner has any desire to stop. So why not put their dirty and unhealthy habit to good use?"

Boehner or GOP should not pow-pow with Obama, period. With or without cigarettes. Because it would be like pow-powing with hittler when american armies were crossing over into Berlin, in the hopes of a 'compromise' whereby hittler would agree to kill only half as many jews as he had intended ... Such compromises are for truly reTAWrded people, and a german suggesting such would be promptly laughed off the Juden Strasse. Now that the GOP has stormed the castle occupied by the enemy, all it has to do is hold its half of the castle and wait for time to run out on the enemy. No need to talk. At all.

Posted by: SECREV | November 9, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Secrev wrote:

Boehner or GOP should not pow-pow with Obama, period. With or without cigarettes. Because it would be like pow-powing with hittler when american armies were crossing over into Berlin, in the hopes of a 'compromise' whereby hittler would agree to kill only half as many jews as he had intended ... Such compromises are for truly reTAWrded people, and a german suggesting such would be promptly laughed off the Juden Strasse. Now that the GOP has stormed the castle occupied by the enemy, all it has to do is hold its half of the castle and wait for time to run out on the enemy. No need to talk. At all.
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That's right. If we want to fix this country we need the Tea Party folks to remain front and center in the GOP, for them to nominate as many candidates as possible in 2012, and most certainly line up a half term governor on the big ticket. That is the formula for restoring the Democratic majority to the house and retaining the Presidency for at least four more years.

Posted by: daubry | November 9, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

daubry,

just out of curiousity, are you "a plant" from one of the several Republican groups, sent here to "PP" to make the DIMocRATS Party LOOK stupid, ignorant & terminally "out of touch" with the reality that NORMAL people perceive? - if you are, you're suceeding in your mission in every DIM-witted/false/SILLY emission.

fyi, we TEA PARTIERS will very likely find an EXCELLENT conservative candidate to HUMILIATE the DIMocRATS candidate for POTUS in 2012.
(Sarah Palin is NOT that person & fyi is NOT planning to even enter the primaries.)

who the DIMocRAT
obama-worshipers" had better "worry their little pointed heads about" is HRC, who will DESTROY obama in the DIMocRATS primary.
(that's IF obama is FOOLISH & EMPTY-headed enough to actually run again.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | November 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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