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John Boehner Exposed

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After reading Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi‘s exposés on the Jefferson County, AL, municipal bond fraud, the Tea Party, and the foreclosure fraud, I’ve become a big fan of his reporting. He’s often rude, certainly irreverent, but blatantly honest in his criticism and his praise.

Now, he’s taken on Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Here’s a taste:

If you’re interesting in getting to know the real John Boehner, Taibbi offers an interesting insight into what makes this politician tick.

The Democrats have plenty of creatures like Boehner. But in the new Speaker of the House, the Republicans own the perfect archetype — the quintessential example of the kind of glad-handing, double-talking, K Street toady who has dominated the politics of both parties for decades. In sports, we talk about athletes who are the “total package,” and that term comes close to describing Boehner’s talent for perpetuating our corrupt and debt-addled status quo: He’s a five-tool insider who can lie, cheat, steal, play golf, change his mind on command and do anything else his lobbyist buddies and campaign contributors require of him to get the job done.

Taibbi doesn’t pull any punches when describing what Congressional aides on both sides of the aisle think of him. Or what a raucous mess the next two years are likely to be.

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Written by Valerie Curl

January 20, 2011 at 6:26 PM

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