Thursday, August 01, 2013

The national joke

MSNBC’s MaddowBlog posted the above chart today to show how completely out of touch US House Speaker John Boehner is with reality—including about himself. Turns out, he’s the national joke.

In a press conference, Boehner mocked President Obama for giving a series of speeches about the economy, saying, “If I had poll numbers as low as his, I'd probably be out doing the same thing, if I were him."

Steve Benen summed it up well in the post accompanying the chart:
“The one topic John Boehner should go out of his way not to talk about is his poll numbers. If he had ‘poll numbers as low’ as Obama's? Seriously? If Boehner had poll numbers as high as the president's he wouldn't be such a hapless, accomplishment-free House Speaker.”
Exactly. As Benen also points out, the president’s approval rating, depending on the poll, is somewhere between 45% and 50%, while Congress’ favourable rating is between 11% and 15%. Boehner is clearly delusional.

The “Party of No” has no message, no plan, no clue what to do other than to reflexively oppose anything and everything that President Obama proposes—even when it’s their own idea! It’s little wonder Boehner and Congress’ approval ratings are in the toilet.

The next time Boehner wants to make a joke, he should look in the mirror: He IS the national joke.

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