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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:03 AM

John Boehner’s Holiday Party Snub


by Michelle Cottle Dec 5, 2012 4:45 AM EST

Speaker Boehner declines to be photographed with President Obama at a holiday party. Michelle Cottle on the roots of political pettiness—and what Boehner should do next year.

As party fouls go, John Boehner’s declining to get his photo taken with President Obama at the White House Christmas soiree is pretty innocuous. It’s not like the Speaker lit up in the Blue Room, or started snacking on the traditional gingerbread White House, or tied one on and began crooning Clarence Carter’s “Backdoor Santa” to FLOTUS. (Although, how fantastic would that have been?)

Nonetheless, Boehner’s photographic demurral—like his ongoing refusal to attend State dinners—stands as yet one more example of the lack of civility and general pettiness that now reign inside the Beltway.

Of course, it also stands as proof that the speaker is no idiot and that he knows all too well that, should a merry grip-and-grin of him and Obama somehow make its way into the public eye during these oh-so-tense fiscal-cliff negotiations, the GOP’s right flank would be all over his perma-tanned hide like a duck on a june bug.

“Next thing you know, people in his caucus would be grumbling, ‘He’s just not a believer like us. He’s over there yukking it up with President Obama! Did you see that picture of him and Obama together!’ I’m sure that went through his mind,” chuckles Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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more:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/05/john-boehner-s-holiday-party-snub.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:16 AM

1. Meanwhile, the media claims Obama is unwilling to rub elbows with the GOP.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:29 AM

2. It's for the better. I wouldn't want him puking all over the President's shoes. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 AM

3. I imagine that a gin-soaked Boehner would damper any Holiday party.

at "It’s not like the Speaker lit up in the Blue Room" since he's lit up in any room he visits.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:37 AM

4. When he's old and grey

he'll wish he had that momento of him with the most famous president ever.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:36 PM

5. His constituents in Ohio would not like to see Boehner shaking hands with or having a picture

taken with President Obama. He has to show his hatred for the President somehow.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:41 PM

6. At times I said that the democrats have no backbone but when I keep hearing or reading how

the Rs won't stand up to Grover or how they can't have a photo op with the president because of fear of being primaried then that is not only not having a backbone but it is not acting like a man.

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