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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Speaker Boehner hits a home run

By Jennifer Rubin

John Boehner has benefited from low expectations. Liberals scoffed at the idea that he would be an adequate rival to the president. Republicans had their own doubts. But in his maiden speech, he did about as well as a pol can in delivering a core message: We are humble. We heard the voters. We're here to end the spend-a-thon. In his words:

We gather here today at a time of great challenges. Nearly one in ten of our neighbors are looking for work. Health-care costs are still rising for families and small businesses. Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy. Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions.

The language was simple, which matched the message and the mood. His promises to the House -- "Legislators and the public will have three days to read bills before they come to a vote" and "Committees, once bloated, will be smaller, with a renewed mission, including oversight," for example -- were direct and delivered in matter-of-fact tones. He sounded like he meant it when he conceded, "A great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle. We cannot ignore that, nor should we. My belief has always been, we can disagree without being disagreeable to each other."

But when it came to the country, he was surprisingly eloquent. "More than a country, America is an idea, and it is our job to pass on to our posterity the blessings bestowed to us." One of the 2012 presidential contenders should steal that.

Boehner talked for less time than Pelosi, a sign perhaps that less is more where Republicans are concerned. The White House will have a tough time demonizing this John Boehner, who most Americans met for the first time today.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 5, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
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What was that I just read about the GOP backtracking on its pledge to cut 100 billion in spending? Now the GOP is saying they were just "hypothetical" cuts. Heh.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/05/hypothetical-cuts/

Posted by: Stacyx | January 5, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Lets be honest, Boehner could have just cried and burped and you'd think his remarks were a home run because you are such a rabid partisan you are almost a caricature.

Posted by: Stacyx | January 5, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, you've got the attention of the professional left: on the top of the list of "Jennifer Rubin's first 100 lies about the new Republican majority" will be "She claimed Boehner's speech was a 'home run'--even though, as the analysis below from Media Matters clearly shows, it was a ground rule double."

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't believe everything you read:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/cantor-pledges-no-retreat-on-spending-cuts-20110105?print=true

-- especially not if you read them in the places you seem to read them. I mean, "Think Progress"? Really?

Posted by: Jeroboam | January 5, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Stacy, the same way Hopenchange could recite the ABCs (with teleprompter) and leftists would faint in awe of his rhetorical greatness?

Posted by: jmpickett | January 5, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Be careful of the overreach Jennifer.

Someday you may remember this day as being with the Confederates in Pickett's Charge!

Posted by: 54465446 | January 5, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"More than a country, America is an idea, and it is our job to pass on to our posterity the blessings bestowed to us."

That's vaguely poetic, but it's also entirely nonsensical. Part 1: Overly long statement that there's something of an "American idea." Part 2: Let's make sure our children are as fortunate as we were. Huh? Is the American idea that we should leave America as we found it for our children and that they should do the same for their children?

Are our standards so low that, for a Republican, word salad that sounds pretty is an accomplishment?

Posted by: zachinbaltimore | January 5, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Leftists apparently find it hard to understand how important it is for many Americans, at this point, to be assured that their elected officials want to keep America as it is, rather than "fundamentally transform" it.

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Please. Hitting a home run requires action, not reading a speech and tearing up.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 5, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, Ezra Klein also seems to view Boehner's speech in a very positive light. Guess he is the newest member of the vast right wing conspiracy.

Posted by: grabowcp | January 5, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Please. Hitting a home run requires action, not reading a speech and tearing up."

"Hitting a home run" is what some of us call a "metaphor"--it means doing whatever you are doing as well as it can be done. That would include reading a speech (and presumably writing it, or at least overseeing its writing) or any other action.

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"Are our standards so low that, for a Republican, word salad that sounds pretty is an accomplishment?"

This is rich coming from someone whom I presume is an Obama supporter.

Posted by: gord2 | January 5, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Or as an Israeli-America puts it, "I believe this legislative session will be 'good for the Jews.'" http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2011/01/photos-of-day.html

Posted by: wpost16 | January 5, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

to say, 'Boehner talked for less time than Pelosi' is quite deceptive. the time difference was insignificant. In the CSPAN clip, which runs 26 minutes or so, she finishes around 12 minutes in.. Perhaps, by a few seconds she spoke longer, but if your point is that 'less is more' with a Republican congress', you could not have chosen a much weaker example.

What I find annoying about this article is people are trusting you to accurately summarize what you saw, and provide your perspective. But if I can't trust you on the first part, how can I respect your perspective?

I wouldn't ask a blind man to choose the colors for my house, and I would not look to someone who makes a silly point out of a misleading fact to be someone who's views I could take seriously.

You can do better Washington Post.

Posted by: annoyed_reader | January 5, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 4:03 PM

"Leftists apparently find it hard to understand how important it is for many Americans, at this point, to be assured that their elected officials want to keep America as it is, rather than "fundamentally transform" it."

Yes, let's keep America the way it is - bankrupt, on the decline, no money to pay for crumbling infrastructure, losing 2 wars, producing nothing and indebted to the point of no return.

Posted by: AndreDeAngelis | January 5, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, let's keep America the way it is - bankrupt, on the decline, no money to pay for crumbling infrastructure, losing 2 wars, producing nothing and indebted to the point of no return."

The way it is, first of all, means with ideologues like you on the margins--then, we can restore (not fundamentally transform) the values of the free market and limited government--which are already part of who we are.

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The nutroots will spew their hate but Boehner played to the independents and moderates today ... and that is all he needs to do ... I always did think Barry's head was kinda triangular ...

Posted by: cunn9305 | January 5, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Boehner would have been a tad more believable as a real AMERICAN if he had wrapped himself in an American flag.

But who wants to hear talk? They have spent the last two years not talking. Let's see some action --> WHERE ARE THE JOBS!!!

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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 5, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer is practicing putting lipstick on a pig. Easy now, before he has done anything. It will get harder, soon enough. The guy is a mediocre performer trying to lead a party with no ideas except "NO". The only reason he is there is because the wingnuts turned out in force while the moderates and lefties stayed home in the November. They will wake up to this error. Meanwhile, we get to relearn why Republicans are so bad for this country.

Posted by: frodot | January 5, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The nutroots will spew their hate but Boehner played to the independents and moderates today ... and that is all he needs to do ... I always did think Barry's head was kinda triangular ...

Posted by: cunn9305 | January 5, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse


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As a moderate, I'd agree with you. Most of the rhetoric coming from boehner in the last few weeks seems like he realizes that he can't just be the republican pelosi. For all of our sakes, I wish him well.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 5, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the Boehner speech. I also followed the campaign carefully. In October Boehner and friends promised job, jobs, jobs. Today, he did not mention the word JOBS! This was no home run. This was at best a pop foul.

Posted by: BBear1 | January 5, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to make speeches just like John Boehner when I grow up. Please pass the chopped onions.
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Posted by: pyee | January 5, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Jeezus. Rubin thinks Boehner is going to turn into a latter day Henry Clay on the basis of one speech.

I know. She gets paid to do this. Amazing, isn't it?

Posted by: st50taw | January 5, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

And Rubin's press releases are literary masterpieces!

Kudos all around and trophies for everyone!

Posted by: politbureau | January 5, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is a home run? American pundits sometimes have very low expectation, or perhaps IQ.

Posted by: ExpressReader | January 5, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

A complete public embarrassment to not only Americans but the view of the World. A unqualified cry baby who was so stupid he gave out bribe checks on the House Floor while live on TV. Third in line to the Presidency and this is a bottom feeder. The Press tried to build him up as somebody but it was the web and youtube that proved cry baby Boner has a young mistress to put the tan lotion on him. Boner will hold the title but has the Bank Lobbyist as his Chief of Staff to do the work that the Banks/Corporations paid him to do. The Media/Press again have egg on their faces by reporting the success of the Lame Duck Session and how the Republicans were going to make sure Obama lost at the end of the year. Oops Obama won big and now reporters are sucking up to the House/Congress who will repeat the same thing they did to put us in a Recession and the reporters are following like blind sheep.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 6, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Two questions, if Ms. Rubin can stop gushing over her fellow Republican long enough to field them:

1. How many jobs did this "Home Run" speech create? The right began heckling Obama the moment he was inaugurated for not fixing the economy overnight. So now I'm asking: why hasn't Boehner fixed everything yet?

2. More seriously (since I'm a liberal and ask grown up questions instead of the garbage that's been thrown at our president)... has Mr. Boehner promised to cancel the contract for the wasteful superfluous jet engine being manufactured in his District? The one that the Pentagon has said time and again that it DOES NOT NEED and DOES NOT WANT? Cut some pork at home, Mr. Boehner and then we'll gush over your theatrics. Otherwise you are just offering FALSE humility and CROCODILE TEARS.

Get real, conservatives. Substance, not style. You've whined for two years, now pony up.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 6, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

The partisans are really commenting here, but Boehner has the message: America HATES gridlock. Whoever bickers instead of accomplishing gets the ax next election.

Posted by: kls1 | January 6, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Home run? That wasn't even wifflle ball much less the majors.

And now, within hours of his 'home run', they've exempted paying for the repeal of the Health Care Reform. They've decided not to use the CBO estimates because it will show how cost effective the HC bill really is.

Posted by: Keesvan | January 6, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Princess Pelosi spent the best part of the afternoon lying to America and forgetting to mention that she and her crew had just been thrown out because of their incompetence. What an arrogant witch.

Posted by: mike85 | January 6, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Boehner needed to keep it short and humble. No ideas to talk about, no programs to talk about, no solutions to solve the immense problems they created in first place.

So what could he have said.

Maybe read "THE PLEDGE" and that would only have taken 3 minutes of BLA BLA and mor BLA

Posted by: mackiejw | January 6, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Home run? These are times of lowered expectations, aren't they?

Posted by: turningfool | January 6, 2011 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Boehner's a creep. Anyone taken in by that puff-nothing speech is unaware that Boehner is a born again corporate butt kisser and anti-American people, anti-middle class, anti-social services, pro-trillion dollar corporate bailouts and protection from delivering nothing to taxpayers in return.

Good thing this fascist can do nothing the next two years but vomit all over the Fox Tea Party News. He can't change or overturn anything.

It would take a brain transplant for Boehner to not start instantly entertaining us with Gingrich-level stupidity and lack of compassion.

I can't wait.

Posted by: 2229 | January 6, 2011 2:42 AM | Report abuse

mike85: "Princess Pelosi spent the best part of the afternoon lying to America and forgetting to mention that she and her crew had just been thrown out because of their incompetence."

Here's what I mean: Boehner-level stupidity.

Um, Mikey...Pelosi got reelected. She's still in the House, along with the Tea Confederates. She'll be the anti-slavery one; you won't be able to miss her.

Posted by: 2229 | January 6, 2011 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Boehners speech was just about what you'd expect from a person under the influence. Slurry the words, cry and even seem half a sleep are all signs that someone needs rehab. But thats what you get from someone who spends most of his time golfing and in Country Club bars instead of doing the peoples work. How sad for the Country yesterday.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 6, 2011 5:39 AM | Report abuse

The comments here from leftists point to an obvious solution to all our political dilemmas. The Left is obviously happiest in opposition, attacking the ruling Republicans in the most inventive and vicious ways possible. How much more enjoyable than trying to defend Obama and Pelosi! The conservatives and Republicans simply need to learn how to take equal joy in governing, and everyone will be getting exactly what they want.

Posted by: adam62 | January 6, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

More drivel from another WaPo RNC shill. Too bad Boner and the GOP have ALREADY weaseled out of their $100 billion deficit reduction BS promise Jenny Poo! What a pathetic collection of terminally greedy, inveterate liars. The Republican Party - a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy - and to hell with everybody else.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | January 6, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner's speech was very good. But it was only a speech. The baseball analogy is totally off target. The speech was just stepping into the batter's box. The catcher puts down TWO fingers. A curve ball is coming. We will see if the Republicans swing away or bunt.

Any home run will take a month or so. We will see if the Republican goal is to govern or to posture. The House health care rejection is just for show. Place to watch is committee hearings. There are a few wackos running committees. Will the hearings be serious or posturing or vengeful? Probably some of each. Both Parties are weakened. Maybe we will get gridlock, maybe financial strangulation. One thing we will not get is insightful OpEds in these pages.

Posted by: LHO39 | January 6, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"The White House will have a tough time demonizing this John Boehner, who most Americans met for the first time today." - the POST

...........ahh the White House doesn't have to worry about demonizing Boehner.

Afterall their very close pals in our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press have already started......

Yeah and SNL live plans on introducing a "crying Boehner" to their show to mock Boehner like they did with Sarah Palin.

Don't worry lots of Demcorat pals in our dirty press and Hollywood will do the dirty work for their hero in the White House.........FACT

Posted by: allenridge | January 6, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Give Boner a break. A lot of drunks cry too much. Drunks also say a bunch of stuff that means nothing. I can't trust promises from a guy that says he will lower our debt while raising it and promises to make sure the minority gets their amendments heard while preventing them from speaking. The G.O.P. has a long way to go before any real American believes anything they say. It's like the old joke, "I can never tell if the G.O.P. is lying." "Were their lips moving?" "Yes." "Then they were lying."

Posted by: SETinVA | January 6, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Boehner showed some leadership and class.He was focused ,candid and brief.He was impressive.I was surprised.

Posted by: bowspray | January 6, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

allenridge is right, and that's the real point--if the Republicans can't stand up to the coming media onslaught, or if they think they can just be "above all that" and ignore it, they will be finished. In addition to everything else, they need an aggressive media strategy--maybe Peter King, who recently and correctly dismissed the NY Times as a quasi-treasonous organization with no standing to complain about investigations concerning national security matters, should be put in charge of this.

Posted by: adam62 | January 6, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

""Please. Hitting a home run requires action, not reading a speech and tearing up."

"Hitting a home run" is what some of us call a "metaphor"--it means doing whatever you are doing as well as it can be done. That would include reading a speech (and presumably writing it, or at least overseeing its writing) or any other action.

Posted by: adam62 | January 5, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse"

Then you and Ms. Rubin have not heard many speeches.

To use your "metaphor" (wow, what a cool word, so nice of you to edify the rest of us), Winston Churchill, FDR, Abe Lincoln, JFK hit home runs. John Boehner? ROFLMAO

Posted by: Observer691 | January 6, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

"More than a country, America is an idea, and it is our job to pass on to our posterity the blessings bestowed to us."

That's eloquent? Ridiculous. It's cheap rhetorical costume jewelry. It's low-class political yappery. It doesn't mean anything.

Posted by: vernedwards | January 6, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but humility and claiming that yours is the only party that "speaks for the American people" when that party controls one half, of one third of the national government, do not go hand in hand.

Posted by: TedFrier | January 6, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Tough decisions...that's rich. A 5% reduction in congressional office budgets was nothing. How about an immediate 50% cut in all congressional pay. Now would be a good down payment on real fiscal conservativism. Plus, assuming their spouses do not work, they would still be in the top 25% of household incomes. If their spouses work, they would likely be in the top 10-15%.

Posted by: whyyesbrain | January 6, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

There are Americans who want to "leave the country as it is"? Really? Have they seen the sorry state the US is in?! Good lord.....

Posted by: Phoebus2 | January 6, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

i'm not impressed with boehner's words or tears. his actions now and in the past have only shown a disregard for the people. he is a tool of the corporations and big money. crocodile tears boehner does not fool me and the millions who are and will suffer even more under his rule. this country needs to wake up to the gop (grand obstructionist party) before th

Posted by: NINII | January 6, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Political commentators are like fans of professional wrestling. They believe it's real.

I am astonished by the lack of sophisticated skepticism of the talking/writing head crowd.

'Home run', 'Come back kid', 'Next Ronald Reagan', 'Next John Kennedy'.

No, next flawed man with feet of clay trying to talk to a hundred different constituent groups, including the press who, for the most part, naively cannot see past the show.

Posted by: mbus | January 6, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Business creates jobs...

...unless Liberal government stands in the way

as it has and is.

The battle is between those who want endless free entitlements and those who have to pay for them

End liberalism and get back to work

Marxist Liberalism is intellectualism for immature minds

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 6, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Demonize him? Why bother? The guy is a blubbering simp who is cimpletely overmatched by the position he seeks. He'll melt down on his own.

Jen Rubin comes off like she wants to lay down on her back for Speaker Boehner. Kind of embarassing if you ask me.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | January 6, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Talk is cheap and since there has been no real plan forthcoming from the GOP that addresses REAL national problems, I fully expect the GOP to continue leading the US in its one-entrant race from First world to Third World status.

Posted by: kg1957 | January 6, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jen, Speaker Boehner is married so you can stop with the embarassing grade-school crush. It's funny that you're attracted to crybabies though.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | January 6, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

How's this for plain speech?

"The rules rewrite, which sailed through the House on a strict party-line vote, will also make it easier to increase the national debt by exempting trillions of dollars in GOP priorities from pay-as-you-go rules put in place by Democrats."

Meet the new boss, folks!

Posted by: arancia12 | January 6, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Boner is already getting threats from nutbag teabaggers like Judson Phillips.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 6, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"Business creates jobs...

...unless Liberal government stands in the way

as it has and is.

The battle is between those who want endless free entitlements and those who have to pay for them

End liberalism and get back to work

Marxist Liberalism is intellectualism for immature minds

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 6, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse"

A truly remarkable post.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 6, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of Speaker Boehner.
He's too liberal and too Washington.

However, he does have several advantages over Newt Gingrich as he squares off against Obama.

Gingrich came off as arrogant. Boehner projects humility.

Gingrich seemed hard hearted. Boehner tears up. That's actually very helpful when you're primary job is budget cutting.

Gingrich led the conservative revolution. Boehner is actually a moderate, who has to please his more conservative new members. Boehner really is in the middle between Dems and conservatives. That positions Boehner to negotiate deals.

Boehner's biggest advantage, however, is that debt defaults are no longer a theoretical issue like they were in the 1990s. The American people have seen riots on TV in Europe caused by governments overpromising goodies in exchange for votes. That's a powerful public relations tool.

Posted by: jfv123 | January 6, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, Boehner has been in Washington for 20 years. They are building jet engines in his district that the military doesn't want. Boehner just voted to add 1.2 trillion in tax cuts to the debt. So Jen exactly who do you and Boehner think created the debt we owe to China and Saudi Arabia? Answer, Boehner did!!!

The foxes are back in the chicken house thanks to people who vote against their children's best interests.


Posted by: wrfarm1 | January 6, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Stacyx:

And people like E.J. Dionne are non-partisan icons, aren't they?

Right.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | January 6, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

If you think that pathetically simple minded speak was a home run, you have the bar set as low as it can be. You obviously hear what you want to hear and not dare listen to, or believe anything you don't already blindly believe.

Posted by: robinlruss | January 6, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You call that a home run? Hilarious. Is that the low expectations we'll see from the GOP? As long as he does swear at the Pope he hit a home run?

Posted by: aartmann112004 | January 6, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Is there anything other than writing garbage that you and your people do? Why don't you and your people try real work once. I can't understand why WP would hire you to print your biased trash....get a real job with a nose job.

Posted by: bigisle | January 6, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Leftists apparently find it hard to understand how important it is for many Americans, at this point, to be assured that their elected officials want to keep America as it is, rather than "fundamentally transform" it.
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America as it is? The high unemployment hangover from the prior administration? The Wall St. ripoff from the prior administration? One of the worst disparities of income distro in the world due to 30 years of "tsunami up economics" from both parties? Two wars leftover from the prior administration - both nonsensical? Horrid deficits from the prior administration which inherited a surplus? And of course there's the recent "election wave" where 42% of the registered voters gave the Reps a mandate? Some mandate where less than a third of those who could have voted did. Yup - let's keep Amerika as it is - where politicians are owned lock stock and barrel by the moneyed interests.

Posted by: jharris99 | January 6, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I am a moderate but had had enough of Pelosi and the arrogant way she used the Speaker's position. I appreciate the humble approach of Mr. Boehner. I fear his position is going to be difficult with all the freshmen congressmen that are far to the right. I think they will be difficult to manage and they could cause so much gridlock and grief. As I say, I am a moderate and an independent and I pray that whatever party someone belongs to, they will put the country first and their party second.

Posted by: badgersneed | January 6, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Talk is cheap and easy. Shall we see what actually happens before we fall all over ourselves cheering?

Posted by: kchses1 | January 6, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I really like this paper - except when they put out a sacrifical lamb piece like this. Is that the best you could do today? Really, less is more as far as R's go? Republican impact in the last decade has resulted in MORE war MORE debt MORE environmental destruction, and MORE religious extremism in our country. Let's use a little more gray matter, WaPo. This piece, and Boehner's speech, were equally vapid.

Posted by: Susan9 | January 6, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Rubin is a partisan hack and not even an interesting writer (see Will, George).

Posted by: gregBendOr | January 6, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

More like a "stolen base", ala Ronnie Raygun.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | January 6, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that with all of these vitriolic attacks on Rubin, Boehner, the Republicans, etc., not one has said what, exactly, would have been the appropriate thing to say under the circumstances? After all, a "home run" in this case would mean saying what needs to be said on this occasion--to one's supporter, colleagues, opponents, etc.--not laying down a detailed plan to solve all the problems in the universe, or attempting new oratorical heights. A big problem for the Left, and part of what makes them a big problem for the rest of us, is their utter inability to judge a thing on its own terms, rather than as an obstacle to their agenda or a battering ram they can use on behalf of it.

Posted by: adam62 | January 6, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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