Skip to comments.The Tiny Mind of Boehner: A Jail with No Bars
Posted on 10/13/2013 6:25:30 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
In contemplating the bizarre, incompetent, and feckless behavior of House Speaker John Boehner over the years, I am reminded of the signature scene from the 1969 Western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff: In it,the sheriff (James Garner) ridicules dim-witted prisoner Joe Dandy (Bruce Dern), deriding him and maintaining full control even though his jail has no bars. The money scene is from 2:40 through 3:30: The cell on the right is yours. We don't have any bars yet...but we're gonna operate just as if the bars are there...so while you're in this jail, you stay on that side of the line, and you and I will get along just fine...stay right there and behave yourself." This mocking manipulation is backed up only by some red paint drizzled on the floor where the bars should be, yet Danby is convinced it is the bloody remains of the last inmate. That blood, like the fanciful memories of the 1995 shutdown that calcify the speaker and many other Republicans, is merely a fiction. Even über-liberal pollster Nate Silver recognizes this, insulting the Beltway conventional wisdom on both sides this week -- and correctly stating that political consequences of the 1995 shutdown are "overrated in Washington's mythology."
And yet, Boehner remains traumatized by 1995 and is cowering in the corner of a brig, where the bars have been fabricated in his fearful and isolated head. Of course, prisoner Boehner is joined by most establishment Republicans in this fantasy penitentiary. It's the big house for little minds -- drones held captive by the absurd assumption that the entire nation thinks the way the Beltway population does. They remain convinced that the red paint of '95 was real GOP blood.
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Pretty good analogy... another way of pointing out Tammy Faye Boehner’s gutlessness is to simply state that he is the only alleged man in the world that actually fears the limp-wristed pansy infesting the White House.
If you were a football player this would be a head-on tackle. Sharp work, sir.
To paraphrase Dean Wormer in Animal House when addressing Flounder:
“Tan, drunk, and stupid is no way to govern Mr. Speaker”....
In the 1940s, Flagstaff, in Coconino County, Arizona had a Sheriff named Perry Francis. His jail was small, however, only having 3 or 4 cells. So if it was full of serious offenders, as Sheriff Francis went on his rounds in the city, the other arrested would tag along with him.
They wore no handcuffs, and in fact the Sheriff had no handcuffs. The reason being that he didn’t *need* handcuffs.
This because his reputation as a fast draw and deadly shot were known to all. No prisoner of his would dare to try and run away, because he knew if he tried, he would be a dead man.
I mention this because staying in a jail without bars because you are a dimwit is one thing, but staying in a jail without bars may also be for a very good reason.
Something that should be considered when pondering John Boehner. What we see is him sitting in a cell without bars. What we don’t see is why.
For years I have been posting that you can not expect any Congressional leader of a conservative leaning to be effective once he gains power inside the beltway. It takes years of having to work with liberals to achieve any political power. And, all those years are indoctrinating you to respond with a certain, to I dare say Pavlovian response, to outside stimuli.
Add to this how you obtain political power in Congress. The only route short of a massive replacement of almost all its members (see Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders) is to sit in the back and follow your leadership’s orders. After several terms in office that attitude becomes your default response to everything that crosses your desk!
In short you can not take a lap dog and expect him to be an effective guard dog for a large home.
Wow. Did this analysis smack the bullseye!
Nice. What a great allusion to the jail with no bars. A very funny movie does make the case for the shaky core of one collapsed Republican leader.
Courage is dangerously hard to come by in the Republican Party.
Thanks...I thought it was a funny/effective/sadly true analogy....
Guys, he’s actually standing up to El-Presidente for a change; now is not the time to ridicule him. Wait until after he caves.
I will tell you the single biggest surprise in arriving to the Senate is the defeatist attitude here. I mean, we don't even talk about how to win a fight. There's no discussion. We talk about, "Hey, let's get a show vote so we can go tell our constituents we're doing something." But I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you'd be in therapy for a month ... but they've been here a long time, and they're beaten down, and they don't believe we can win. They don't believe it can happen, and the answer they say on every issue is, "No, we can't do it. We can't do it."
I think that’s true, and then you combine it with the realities of the frailties of human nature, and the logistics of being surrounded by a population that is 90% liberal and maybe 9% moderate and 1% conservative for 5,10,20 years....and it wears down once good people.
Boehner was a good guy at one time. Even Lindsey Graham was okay for a while....Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, many have been worn down to pathetic quantum particles of what they once were. Hail Jim DeMint, who seemed to somehow defy gravity and get better and better.....the exception that proves the rule.
Boehner strikes me as a man playing not to lose; the surest way to bring about defeat strategically. He seems confused that his enemies are actually fighting him.
He actually did cave, but Obama saved him from himself. This gives him a second chance. I was supporting him until he turned on a dime, which as stated in the article, was due totally to that absaurd poll by NBC.
Yep, the entire GOP estab is in the prison with no bars right there with JB....
i know where you’re heading with that, and who knows - maybe someone does “have something on him.” Problem is, unless you know what it is and can prove it, won’t make a very compelling piece.
Meanwhile, I am sure that this article strikes at some of the truth -
I completely agree with you on this. Boehner is privvy to way more information than we are. Yet we just don’t know what it is that is making him supposedly cower in a corner of a jail cell with no bars?
It’s tempting to think that it’s all part of his me me me persona go along to get along oh my goodness I might lose my speakership or worse yet my job. I’m tempted to believe it too. But what if the scary scenarios that so many patriots here on FR are true? That Obama is truly insane and drunk with power and cares not one whit about anything or anybody outside this? What if its true that he plans to impose martial law after he goads the people into rioting. What if its true?
Then, he’s a patriot girding his loins for another battle, another day. Plz people give him a break. I’ll be the first to say he has made me so dang mad to spit bullets but hey, what if.
Close, but not quite: the assumption in this premise is that Boehner believes Obama is the sheriff - not that I believe it, or that it’s actually the case.
That’s a pretty significant difference.....
You just stated what Donald Rumsfeld would term a "known unknown" - and yes, it is technically true that he may be, and that info may be pertinent to his actions here.
But I don't think so. Let me give you what Rummy would call a "known" - which is that Boehner's cave came immediately upon release of the absurd NBC WSJ poll showing the GOP was taking a beating on this issue.
Allow me another "known" - which is that Boehner has always lived in fear of shut down and this is based on his recollection of 1995.
And a third "known" - at least by me - is that these beltway operators are not all that smart and are astonishingly unfamiliar with the country outside the 9 rich counties known as AMERICA.
Therefore, I will stick with my "knowns" over the "known unknown"
Thats a pretty significant difference.....
Obama certainly thinks he is the sheriff. To him DC is just another community to organize.
Duly noted friend and in an odd sense your take, which really does make more sense, comforts me. Because to think what I was saying before could even remotely be true is seriously horrifying
I can tell you from first hand experience that what these insiders have privledge to as insiders - is more than over whelmed by their astonishing ignorance of the day to day realities of life outside the beltway....stuff you and I know simply by living our lives.
And another thing — these folks on the whole are not that smart. They are just connected. It’s a dangerous combo.
My opinion of the matter is that the Tea Party way is a winner. Though it is slow and methodical, it is fairly certain. By eroding the RINOs, election after election, and culling any of the other turkeys, the Tea Party will not result in winning a skirmish, but winning the war.
The Democrats can only succeed as long as the RINOs betray the conservatives. Once the RINOs are gone, the Democrats will fold like the house of torn, bent, greasy, and dirty cards they are.
Despite their religious adherence to the same socialist and national socialist paradigms that have consistently failed for a hundred years, the only result being untold suffering, the bottom line is that they cannot really win.
But they can lose. And they, and their disreputable faith can be reduced to the shell of their former self, clinging to a handful of small enclaves of oppression, poverty, cruelty, ignorance, and hate, where they can carry out their experiments in social engineering on each other, instead of innocent people.
I heard that statement when he made it to Rush and it vindicated my abandoning the repubic party years ago and giving directly to Conservative candidates and organizations. I have made 10 donations in the past two weeks. Whoever the left and the gop/e attack and hate... I support. FreedomWorks as an example. One hundred bucks on Friday!
Funny, I recall this... as the signature scene:
You meanin'... whoever marries her gets the mine?
Shaft... and all!
So I guess if Boehner goes along with Obama, he gets the shaft... and all!
LOL: there were numerous “signature scenes” - but only a couple that fit my template!
GREAT movie BTW - very underrated and for all the crap movie reruns that are constantly played on Cable, rarely see this gem. Apparently the syndicators must not be “connected” well enough.
It was on Turner Classic Movies just a few days ago and I Tivoed it... and when I need a quick 'Support' fix, I can get it within three days from Netflix--
It's bad enough to have to kill a man without having to listen... to a whole lot of stupid talk from him first.
Or from Support Your Local Gunfighter
Uh, Doc... Promise you won't tell anybody, huh?
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants... bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society. Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors. [but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
...by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war... We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue" ... the party needs to become more welcoming to individuals who disagree with basic Republican doctrine on emotional social issues such as gay marriage... "We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues ... and get people into the party," Paul said.
Media Pushing Bogus Polls To Force GOP Cave
10/13/2013 | Me
Posted on 10/13/2013 1:50:53 AM PDT by Viennacon
Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.
[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]
Rand Pauls immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.
Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.
Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.
If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
Ha ha ha ha ha!
I knew he’d be bad the moment he was made speaker, but here on FR he was praised to the hilt by a lot. We need leadership with something to put in an athletic supporter.
He's confused about who his enemies are. He's not fighting the Dems, who are the enemy. He's fighting us instead.
I don’t remember him having total love here on FR. Seems to me he was lampooned for his tears immediately.
Boehner has been bad news for maybe 10 years now.....give or take. He was a good conservative for a few terms, but has been in DC too long now.
DANG, missed it. I didn’t see many movies as a young kid, but for some reason, I saw this one in the theatre....and stranger still....I remember a lot of it.
Rather, I believe it most likely that his 20+ years in DC have made him captive to the Stockholm Syndrome, desperate to please his kidnappers, and in thrall of their inside the Beltway thinking. He fears the press, cringes when Obama and Reid call him out, because he knows his views won't be reported fairly, and he also knows he is unable to summon the personal charisma to speak over the heads of the propagandists. So he is always drawn towards the solution that involves retreat. In this case, retreat has not been an option given to him, Obama demands total, unconditional surrender, not unlike MacArthur to the Emperor of Japan. Like the Emperor, Boehner is considering surrender, but in Boehner's case, his troops have not let him accept it. So there is stalemate, until Boehner finds a way to force his side to capitulate.
Rather than worry about elaborate conspiracies that explain Boehner's cowardice, just look at history. Bob Michel, Jerry Ford and all the GOPe whipped puppies of the old days were no different, and it wasn't because a commie dictator was in the oval office. It was what happened to weak willed people whose courage wilted over years of failure, even as their enjoyment of the power of privilege increased.
John Boehner, once a small-businessman legislator from Ohio -- once a man fully in touch with America and capable of writing large parts of the Contract with America -- is now just a pathetic, frightened shell of his former self. Isolated from the reality of the country, Boehner is now just another creature of the Beltway. He is powerful, arrogant, and wealthy. But his mind is a confined space, surrounded by bars of his own imagining. You can bet Obama and his pals like David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett are laughing.
Thanks for your comments, and I agree with your analysis...ala Michael, Ford, etc....
Not necessarily stoned, but... Obamacized.
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