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My Turn: Is the enemy of Boehner’s enemy no longer his friend?

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After having played political footsie with right-wing extremists for the past few years, hoping against hope to make himself the darling of American conservatism by ruining our first black president’s legacy, House Speaker John Boehner finally did something he does not often do: he told the truth . . . more than once.
I know what you’re thinking . . . John Boehner telling the truth? Are you kidding? Which truths?
It’s true . . . he did it.
Really . . . here's what happened.
On Wednesday, Boehner said that Tea Party friendly groups like the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation were “using our (GOP) members and the American people for their own goals”.
How about that?
He then followed up that truth on Thursday with another when he called out the Tea Party and its fringes for “misleading their followers”.
Yup . . . if that wasn’t enough, he followed up those truths with one more truth on Thursday when, referring to Tea Partiers, Boehner said, “they’ve lost all credibility”.
Really, John?
Wait a second!
Is this the same John Boehner who, since 2009, has used GOP members of the House to obstruct every initiative put forth by the Obama administration to speed up America’s recovery from the worst financial mess since the Great Depression . . . to suit his own political goals?
Is this the same John Boehner who in 2011 caved in to Tea Party pressure and misled the American people about the debt ceiling, making it sound like President Obama was going to spend more when raising the debt ceiling simply allows the Department of the Treasury to pay the bills Congress (not the president) has already obligated America’s taxpayers to pay?
Is this the same John Boehner who lost all credibility this past September when he surrendered to the Tea Party and said, “We’re going to do everything to repeal the healthcare law. We’re going to pass a [continuing resolution] that will defund ObamaCare,” a stupid statement followed by an even stupider act that led to the government shutdown which ultimately cost the U.S. economy an estimated $29 billion?
Yeah, it’s the same John Boehner.
So, you're probably wondering, what’s up with John?
Could it be that Speaker Boehner finally realizes that running with the Tea Party is a losing proposition and he’s tired of losing?
Could John Boehner also realize that if he does not stop losing soon, he just might continue that pattern into the mid-term elections in November and could then wind up with no more enemies or friends?
Could be . . . poor John.

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