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John Boehner and the Pope

It appears that John Boehner, who is Catholic, has resigned because the Pope made him realize that the Republican Party is evil and standing in the way of holy work like fighting global warming, helping the poor, and having mercy on immigrants.

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And I’m not trolling. Boehner cried during the Pope’s speech. Apparently the Pope made him change his mind about being a Republican politician. He realized he was not going God’s work but rather he was standing in the way of God’s work.

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But if Boehner winds up making huge amounts of money as a lobbyist after he leaves Congress instead of doing more righteous work, we will know that the Pope Effect didn’t last too long.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

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  1. Orange you glad he’s resigning?


    September 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM

  2. It appears that John Boehner, who is a RINO, has resigned because he can make more money working as a lobbyist for the same special interests he worked for as a politician.


    September 25, 2015 at 4:49 PM

  3. I would have been happier at his resignation if his likely replacement, Kevin McCarthy, wasn’t a Boehner clone.

    Mike Street Station

    September 25, 2015 at 5:27 PM

  4. He’s on his way to becoming a “Peter Sutherland Catholic”.


    September 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

  5. Who cares what the real reason is (unless someone is looking to troll…)

    Now if someone good can replace him – Jim Jordan or Daniel Webster will do – we might avoid Congress passing anything stupid.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    September 25, 2015 at 6:14 PM

  6. Trump is ascending and the rats are fleeing the sinking ship.


    September 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    • Trump is ascending and the rats are fleeing the sinking ship.

      I saw a photo of Boehner dragging a slice of pizza.


      September 25, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      • The United States of Prole America. Only our elites would pig on guido food as a sign of nobility. Disgusting!


        September 27, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      • This was before the intended gov’t shutdown in 2013. Pizza being delivered to the corridor of the DC sociorats/psychorats.

        This goes to show you how low prole we’ve descended, and this was 2 years ago!


        September 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM

  7. Why does he keep crying like a baby? Is it some kind of dementia? I’d like to know.


    September 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    • I think it’s drugs or booze. Tranquilizers can make you teary, and so can a hangover.

      Mrs Stitch

      September 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      • He does look like a drunkard. How about some kind of anti-depressant thrown in the cocktail of drugs and booze? He’s such a bloody embarrassment to watch.


        September 25, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      • It’s been known for years that he’s an alcoholic.

        Lion of the Judah-sphere

        September 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    • “Boehner cried…” — talk about a dog bites man story. When is he NOT crying like a big giant pussy about some damn thing or another?


      September 27, 2015 at 6:41 PM

  8. he looks like the biggest beta ever.

    james n.s.w

    September 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    • His daughter is race mixing with some black jamacian construction worker who has been arrested for possession. The story of his daughter is the decline of the west happening right before your very eyes.


      September 25, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      • “race mixing” WTF ! It’s not the 1920’s anymore.


        September 27, 2015 at 6:57 AM

      • Race is a social construct. It doesn’t exist period. Genetically, or in any other way. So no. No such thing as “race-mixing”. I’d be proud of my daughter if she took such a progressive step.

        Victor Lee

        September 27, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      • “race mixing” WTF ! It’s not the 1920’s anymore.

        Yes, in the 1920s they knew that race mixing was destructive for the individuals and for society as a whole. Today we pretend it’s a good thing.


        September 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

  9. At face value it is emotionally compelling to feel like the Left is doing God’s work. Their calls to help the less fortunate and protect the environment are consistent with the message of all the great religions. However, it is the Right that defends the natural, and therefore, moral order of the universe. The Greeks called it Logas and it is at the core of the Catholic Scholastic tradition. It is the Right that ultimately advocates for the preservation of the individual, the family and the Church itself. The capitalism that has been facilitated by the Right has lifted more out of poverty worldwide than any other system. It is the Right that is always more willing to defend the Nation State against forces of evil. And traditionally it has also been the Right who were the stewards of high culture, of classical truth and beauty, against the degeneration of the Left.

    The Pope, like so many leftists, is willing to overlook all of this for the sake of sentimentality.


    September 25, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    • Nicely said. Lion’s comment section should receive some kind of award


      September 26, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    • The Catholic Church only reluctantly recognizes Nation States.


      September 27, 2015 at 12:24 AM

  10. Many Catholics faint, cry, become transfixed, or have a popegasm when they get within the same zip code of His Holiness. That doesn’t mean Boehner will wash Obama’s feet or undergo any lasting moral transformation.

    Mark Caplan

    September 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

  11. Let’s look at it another way: Honestly, in times like this, who wouldn’t cry? Simply see him as the modern version of the crying indian.

    In the meantime, his contemporaries are muttering and shuffling about, annoyed that he might be ruining this great thing.


    September 26, 2015 at 2:23 AM

    • My impression of Boehner is that he was a spectacularly useless Speaker who wasted the opportunity he was handed by the voters. A John Roberts writ small, if you will. So good riddance.

      One may of course wonder how it happens that the Rs always put these useless guys forward, or, for the conspiratorially minded, why they always turn out to be so useless or actively malign. The GOP is a very managed opposition party.


      September 27, 2015 at 3:12 AM

  12. This website claims he’s a very sincere, non-sociopathic individual.

    Lion of the Judah-sphere

    September 26, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    • Indeed, a sociopath wouldn’t cry.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 26, 2015 at 9:53 AM

      • Crocodile tears, it appears that all our politicos were trying out for a Hollywood audition, when the Godfather rolled into town!


        September 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      • A sociopath would definitely cry if it served his interests. I don’t think it serves Boehner’s, though.


        September 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    • Too bad. It annoys me that the Democrats get all the sociopaths because i suspect sociopaths are highly effective. Lots of Ds thought Nixon was a sociopath, but compared to Clinton, he was very normal.


      September 26, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      • Sociopaths are very effective at making themselves more powerful, they aren’t very effective at doing anything which benefits other people. For example, Carly Fiorina made herself more than one-hundred-million dollars by being CEO of HP, but she made all of the other stakeholders (shareholders, employees who were layed off) poorer, and she ruined the culture of HP making it less enjoyable to work there

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 26, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      • D’s didn’t view Nixon as a sociopath. What you have to understand is that most of the virulent dislike of Nixon predated Watergate, or even the ’68 election. The term sociopath wasn’t even in use then. My father, for example, hated Nixon because of the 1950 California senate race, in which Nixon painted Helen Douglas as a comm-symp (the Venona transcripts proved he was right). Nixon may also have been supportive of Joseph McCarthy – I’m too lazy to look it up. Anyway, it was all about being a strong anti-communist, standing in the way of the Agenda. They didn’t have any genuine feeling about Nixon’s character or emotional makeup.


        September 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      • Sociopathy is abound in our culture. Look no further to our tax laws and how corporations are set up. You have 3 options in Meriprolestan. You exploit, submit or exit.


        September 26, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      • It’s not sociopathic to legally change the way you do things to lower your taxes. I was in a Tax LLM program, and none of the students were sociopaths. (There was one Asian guy who was extraordinarily weird, but he was no sociopath either.)

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 26, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      • Sociopaths are very effective at making themselves more powerful, they aren’t very effective at doing anything which benefits other people.

        But hasn’t Steve Jobs’ psychopathy benefited others?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        September 26, 2015 at 7:45 PM

  13. Remember Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader who got bounced in the primary election last year? Cantor was always a lapdog for the Chamber of Commerce – Wall Street types, who massively funded his reelection campaigns. But it didn’t do him any good with the Republican voters in Virginia’s 7th district, who grew tired of his RINO ways and sent him packing in favor of a virtually unknown challenger. Cantor had a soft landing, though – he’s now working on Wall Street and has probably added another zero to the salary he was making as a congressman. Boo-hoo-hoo.

    Boehner was cut from the same cloth. He’ll probably do well as a lobbyist or Wall Streeter. Good riddance to both of them

    Black Death

    September 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    • As I recall, 60 Minutes did a puff piece on him, touting him as if he were presidential material.

      Mrs Stitch

      September 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

  14. I believe having the Pope speak to congress was a long time goal for Boehner.

    According to rumors the crazy caucus of the Republicans in the House was demanding a government shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood and Obamacare in a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running till December. They had told Boehner that if he did not go along with this plan, they would start the paperwork to call for a new speaker election. They claimed to have around 30 votes, which would be enough to block Boehner re-election. If no one gets a majority in house speaker election, then they just keep holding roll call votes until someone does get a majority. The assumption is that if Boehner failed to get an majority on the first ballot, he would drop out and Republicans could then pick a new Speaker.

    Apparently in return for Boehner resigning, the house crazy caucus has agreed to drop the demand to shut the government down now over defunding Planned Parenthood and Obamacare in the CR. This does not mean they will not demand a shutdown again in December, but by resigning now Boehner has avoided a shutdown for now.

    I don’t think this was the only reason Boehner resigned now, but it was part of the reason.


    September 26, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    • Crazy or admirable? Planned Parenthood may not be my issue, but it is nice to see the Right fighting against a Lefty cultural institution even if for a mostly pointless cause. If they win more of these they will be emboldened to go further which is a good thing. And the average Joe will take notice. Next stop, defunding agitprop in the universities.


      September 26, 2015 at 5:05 PM

  15. Boehner was a Catholic alter boy and is now a drunken crybaby.

    I suspect he was molested by a priest and the Pope “triggered” him.


    September 26, 2015 at 4:27 PM

  16. It turns out the constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be an elected member of the House. It just requires him/her to be elected by a majority of the House members. It is only tradition that the Speaker is a member of the House.

    What about some out of the box thinking about the new Speaker? How about Sarah Palin? Maybe Ted Cruz (could he be a Senator and Speaker at the same time?).


    September 26, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    • If you’re a Congressman, there is no reason to support that idea and a lot of reasons to oppose it. To name just one, ego and self-interest. If the Speaker is, like me, an elected member of the House, then theoretically I could also someday become Speaker if I bide my time, work my way up and form useful friendships with the other guys in this exclusive club. That’s dashed away if the job is given to an outsider who never put in his chits.

      A club has no purpose for existing if the best perks are handed away to non-members.

      You also harbor an unwarranted belief in the popularity of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz among elected officials. Palin resigned the Alaska governorship in part because of the hostility of the Alaska legislature to her administration, despite being Republican-controlled. Cruz likewise has failed to build any alliances within the Senate to promote his agenda; my impression is that most of his colleagues, at least the high-ranking senior ones, despise him.

      It’s weird you would suggest the election of these two after deriding the “house crazy caucus” in a comment written a few hours earlier. The only people in the House who possibly wouldn’t laugh at the idea of making Palin or Cruz speaker is that caucus.


      September 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      • I thought it should be obvious my suggestion was sarcastic, but it gets to deeper truth. The House Crazy Caucus is an anti-government movement. They want to shut down the government over political disagreements because they believe the government doesn’t work. What better way to make the government less functional than to elect someone like Plain or Cruz to run the House.


        September 27, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      • The stuff you said gets expressed seriously on right wing forums, so I don’t know why you thought people would take you for cleverly sarcastic rather than an ordinary dumb guy.


        September 27, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    • Mike are you a foreigner? Palin holds no office currently and Senator Cruz cannot be elected by the other house of congress.

      Mrs Stitch

      September 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      • I am a native born American. I thought it was obvious my suggestion was sarcastic, but Constitution does not require that the Speaker be a member of the House or hold any other elected office. The House Republicans could elected anyone they want.


        September 27, 2015 at 6:26 PM

  17. I doubt that anybody leaves politics in order to do something “greater” as an outsider. More likely they get frustrated and fed up that decades of patience and a lifelong career in American politics amounts to nothing that enables one to actually execute a vision of any political hue. The US Constitution together with the traditions and rules are a recipe for paralysis and gridlock. There is little opportunity for experimentation or trial projects to realize any philosophical vision even if one achieves a position as exalted as House Speaker or even President. It’s not hard to see that all that work, sweat and tears amount to nothing but partisan trench warfare in which one can only hope to win points in the news cycle and perhaps elections, but practically never any opportunity to actually do anything of substance.

    Whether Boehner is a RINO or not doesn’t matter. Uncompromising factions within each party as well as across the aisle make it impossible to accomplish anything. Imagine if you get hired in a new organization and you said that because you disagree with your colleagues, you refuse to do your job. All of those politicians who “apply” for their job should be willing to work with their colleagues even if it means compromising. As it stands, our polity is more short-sighted and feeble than the most pathetic bum on the dole. Each of us must be responsible to organize our own private lives, study and plan for the future, pay our bills on time, save and and invest for retirement and education – that all over a period of decades. Our political leaders on the other hand are blind to anything farther in the future then the current news-cycle and at most the next election that is never more than a year and a half away. To be sure China has much to improve with their own administration, but I always get a laugh when we go on lecturing them about how great our democracy and constitution are.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    September 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    • It’s a feature, not a bug, and it’s why the US still remains a stable democracy rather than succumbing to some wannabe Caesar.


      September 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      • Huh? We don’t need Caesars. A tyrannical agenda is best served in lock steps of petty tyrants!


        September 27, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    • “All of those politicians who “apply” for their job should be willing to work with their colleagues even if it means compromising.”

      Seems to me if you don’t control the mechanisms of the culture, i.e., the megaphone, they you need to create a crises from time to time to get leverage over your opponents. I’m more than ready to sit through a shut down of the government if it stops the president’s various illegal immigration schemes.


      September 28, 2015 at 8:41 AM

  18. I didn’t know this and I was shocked. I must be naive.

    industry lobbyists on the House floor as House members were weighing how to vote on tobacco subsidies.[44] In a 1996 documentary by PBS called The People and the Power Game, Boehner said “They asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before we got to the end of the month and I complied. And I did it on the House floor, which I regret. I should not have done. It’s not a violation of the House rules, but it’s a practice that‘s gone on here for a long time that we’re trying to stop and I know I’ll never do it again.”[45] Boehner eventually led the effort to change House rules and prohibit campaign contributions from being distributed on the House floor


    September 27, 2015 at 10:52 AM

  19. OT: Lion, the Washington Post has a map showing the average household income in every county in the country, and when the average peaked for each county in adjusted dollars. (For 81% of counties, the peak was at least 16 years ago.)

    It’s also interesting to compare counties. I was surprised to see that the New York City counties were so close to the national average. Only Richmond County (Staten Island) is significantly higher than average. (Most intact double-income families?)


    September 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    • Staten Island is the whitest borough, but I suspect that Manhattan will overtake Staten Island in the next twenty years.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      • NYC 2035? Sounds like a Hollywood Sci-Fi Alt Universe. Oh vey!


        September 27, 2015 at 10:11 PM

  20. Somewhere deep down Boehner (and all politicians) knows that he’s an evil man who has destroyed the American people and will now go on to make even more money like Eric Cantor did.

    This is a guilt he cannot allow himself to be fully aware of, so he projects/rationalizes it as his love for bringing in more syrian immigrants. Thus, he simultaneously continues/expiates his sins at his profit and everyone else’s expense.


    September 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM

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