Ladies and gentlemen, the worst Speaker of the House of Representatives ever:
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Boehner whether he is concerned that, if he passes a Homeland Security bill without the immigration provisions, “it will be the end of your speakership.”
Bash persisted: But was he concerned about a rebellion in his own ranks?
“I’m waiting for the Senate to pass a bill.”
NBC’s Luke Russert asked him why he hadn’t spoken with his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in two weeks.
Boehner reiterated his position that “we’re waiting for the Senate to act.”
Politico’s Jake Sherman asked what he thought about the merits of McConnell’s plan to split the immigration issue from the funding of DHS.
“I’m waiting for the Senate to pass a bill,” Boehner repeated.
Will Congress avoid a government shutdown?
“I’m waiting for the Senate to act.”
Boehner began to walk away. “Do you think the Senate should act?” Bash teased.
The speaker gave a brave smile.
Yet perhaps the funniest line in Dana Milbank’s column goes to the author himself: “So the House speaker is leading from behind.”
This is more a convention of politics than anything else, a stab at Republican rhetoric about President Obama leading from the front or back in various crises domestic and international.
After all, nobody can justly call Boehner’s approach “leadership”.
And perhaps it is worth noting that the headline, “John Boehner, waiting for the punch” appears to be a second choice. Observing the online version address, it would seem the original headline was, “John Boehner is a spectator at his own hanging”.
Milbank, Dana. “John Boehner, waiting for the punch”. The Washington Post. 25 February 2015.