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Irish Diary: Of Playground Politicians and Their Discontents

Oooh, Oohh, Ouch Oooh, Oohh, Ouch

Yes, it's Weepy John himself, attacking his own side in his determination to get "immigration reform" past the American people as expeditiously as possible. Read it and, well, weep:

House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district.

"Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown's Run County Club in Madison Township.

"We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance."

Boehner is the living embodiment of what's wrong with the American political system. An outlier like Obama -- probably the luckiest man alive -- can be explained by circumstances. But Boehner is emblematic of the rot at the heart of our political system, which is now so encrusted with barnacles like him and his ilk that it no longer functions in any way as the Founders intended. It's morphed into a self-protective racket, the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government, that deeply resents outsiders trying to clean up the mess. As I wrote in this space back in October:

The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party — and unless it’s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, it’s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing — they like it.

I agree with my PJ colleague Bryan Preston: the House needs and deserves a new speaker. And if you disagree, prepare to be mocked.