It’s pretty clear that Tea Party Congressmen or not, a single human being can stop the impending collapse of the United States, its credit, and its economy.
That man is House Speaker (Republican) John Boehner, who singlehandedly is preventing an up-or-down vote on the so-called CR, or continuing resolution that would let the government keep operating.
Fortunately, if he can feel more threatened by Democrats than by the Tea Party wing of his own party, the future of America has a shot at survival.
At first glance, taking down Boehner doesn’t look easy. Boehner comes from the outrageously gerrymandered 8th Ohio Congressional District, a Republican stronghold (and evidently a Tea Party stronghold as well.)
On the map, the 8th looks like the letter H lying on its side, with one of its legs sawed off and the other leg so busted it appears to be suffering from series of compound fractures, as if some thug from a loan sharking operation did a job on it with a sledge hammer.
The district includes a few Republican suburbs of Cincinnati, and rural “We’re-Republican-‘cause-we’ve-always-been-Republican” bastions of small thinking such as Troy (where I once worked as an off-the-books newspaper reporter on the Troy Daily News,) Tipp City, Piqua, Middletown, and others – not to mention a tract of turf owned by the Darke County Fish and Game Club.
In other words it’s your basic Fox News-watching, beer-drinking, I-know-what-I-think- and-I-don’t-need-to-know-why Middle America.
They can be swayed into hating Boehner and making him feel so threatened he'll stop blocking the up-or-down vote. It’s not cheap, but they can be swayed.
Somebody needs to finance the most expensive anti-incumbent advertising campaign ever launched against a congressman. It should begin immediately, while Boehner is still tying up Congress. In addition to running early, the advertising should run often. Very often.
All spots might begin with Boehner in tears (there’s got to be hours of tear-soaked Boehner video around.) Typically a voice over announcer might say:
John Boehner weeps crocodile tears about everything except the permanent and devastating damage he’s doing to The United States, our economy, and our citizen. It’s John Boehner alone who’s interference with the work of Congress, who threatens the continuation of your Social Security checks, who threatens to cut off your Medicare, who has closed government offices, national parks, food safety inspection, and imperiled the job of every hard-working American.
If a foreign terrorist tried to bring down America, its economy and its people, we’d rightfully arrest him and pack him off to Guantanamo.
Well, John Boehner is trying to bring down America, its economy, and it’s people. What do you think should happen to him?
Tell John Boehner to resign his office and go back to tending bar before you lose your job, your security, your health and before America loses its future.
Boehner can be stopped – and can serve as an object lesson to other right wing crazies – if he feels more threatened by the next election than he does by his Tea Party co-saboteurs.
Billionaires and millionaires of the left, open your wallets.