John Boehner appeared on ’60 Minutes,’ crying his eyes out once again. Barbara Walters pointed out on ‘The View’ she thinks he has an emotional problem, but where are the calls for him to “man up”?
John Boehner has a long history of public crying. But especially since his victory speech in this year’s midterm election, Boehner has been on a weeping rampage. He appeared on ’60 Minutes’ Sunday night, crying his eyes out once again nearly every time he was asked to relay a story that stems from any kind of personal experience.
If Boeher were on the political left, the Tea Party conservatives would inevitably resort to their standby taunt: “man up,” Boenher (pronounced Boner, no doubt) and stop crying.
It’s hard to imagine what he has to cry about these days. No one even seems to have noticed the mind-bending hypocrisy that after two years of screaming about the deficit the Republicans have just succeeded in securing a tax deal that adds $900 billion to the deficit, mainly for the purpose of giving tax cuts to the very richest Americans.
On “The View” Barbara Walters pointed out, “this guy has an emotional problem,” and observed, “every time he talks about anything that’s not ‘raise taxes,’ he cries.” Joy Behar cleverly taunted him with the title Weeper of the House.
But the dialogue on Boehner’s crying problem has been entirely missing the kind of below-the-belt taunt that right-wing candidates use to emasculate their male opponents: man up.
Perhaps the closest sentiment, unsurprisingly, came from Nancy Pelosi, who remarked, “He [Boehner] is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills. If I cry, it’s about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics—no, I don’t cry.”
Is all the weeping a little weird? Sure. But personally, I think we could use a little more passion in politics. I say, if you’re feeling it, go right ahead and cry. I wish there were some Democrats who would be willing to cry over the decline of the American middle class and the preserve-the-rich-and-the-corporations-at-all-cost policies that are deteriorating American vitality and will continue to do so as long as guys like Boehner get his way.
But I can’t help noticing that the political right takes every opportunity to belittle, emasculate, and diminish their opponents—meanwhile the incoming Speaker of the House can’t string two sentences together without breaking down in tears (and that’s when his side is winning), and the left is still taking the high road rather than using this character trait as a wedge to belittle the conservative agenda. Where are all the calls for Boehner to “man up“?
Likely this trend will continue, as the left has never been as good with the insults as the right—unless Sarah Palin becomes president, that is.