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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Speaker John Boehner: statesman

By Jonathan Capehart

I'm going to write about all the speeches we'll hear today -- President Obama will speak at the memorial service in Tucson tonight at 8:00 p.m. -- later on. But after watching and writing about Sarah Palin's problematic eight-minute video from this morning, I have to applaud the floor speech delivered by Speaker John Boehner. His tone was right. His words were right. The man known for his bursts of tears didn't disappoint on that score. But the man new to being second in the line of succession to the presidency also didn't disappoint in delivering an address worthy of a statesman.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 12, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
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Mr, Capeheart nice to see you liked Speaker Boehner however your comments on Sarah Palin are quite frankly uncalled for and suffer from the same issue as other pundits tarring her with guilt by association with the events in Arizona.

Posted by: werehawk | January 12, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Statesman and Beohner shouldn't be in the same sentence. The man is a disgrace to democracy. Anyone can read a script.

Must read.

Posted by: davidwg46 | January 12, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Please, Capehart, you are a shill, for yourself first, msnbc second, as long as it puts money in your pocket. And now you see if you can dip your wallet into the deep waters of the Republican coffers by complimenting the Speaker. You don't believe it, you just wrote it in hopes some conservative group would hire you - a novelty you would be - and you would take money for it. Remember the truth, no reader asked for you to write at the Post(Boss Robinson hired you), and certainly no viewer has ever called or written msnbc about you, one way or another. In plain words, you are valueless. So today, in these words, you seek to give some dollar value by complimenting the Speaker. As if he needs your shallow words. Face it, you need him.

Posted by: lorenzo2121 | January 12, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. Capehart. Although I am a Democrat, I also applaud Speaker Boehner's speech. He, like most of the other mature and experienced congress-people on both sides of the isle, are trying to approach this whole incident in a non-partisan way. Of course, those on the fringes of the political spectrum, including Ms. Palin, have nothing to do with what happened in Arizona, but there is nothing wrong in asking that the "violent" rhetoric in the past be changed. I have to give Roger Ailes credit in calling for the rhetoric to be toned down on his station. This is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on Speaker Boehner's statement. He said, "We can disagree without being disagreeable." Violent rhetoric has no proper place in our political discourse. I don't think that there would be any mention of Ms. Palin in this incident, except for the fact that Representative Giffords herself critisized her for the gun target Ms. Palin put on her district. Again, although certainly Ms. Palin had nothing to do with the tragedy in Arizona, it is still an opportunity for her to reflect on her past violent rhetoric, and correct herself. We all make mistakes and it is a virtue to recognize our mistakes and correct ourselves. If we do not recognize our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them over and over again.

Posted by: hengshun | January 12, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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