Political Circus: Boehner...A songbird he is
February 14th, 2014
04:43 PM ET
9 months ago

Political Circus: Boehner...A songbird he is

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is kind of like Yoda.

Both have to contend with rebellious youth. For Boehner, it’s the tea party caucus. For Yoda, it was Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

Both always seem to perpetually wear the smiley scowl.

And both are also given to cryptic responses.

Boehner’s favorite “ism?” “Zip a dee doo dah”.

He sang it this week after resigning himself to holding a vote on raising the nation's borrowing limit.

It was a move guaranteed to tick off party conservatives, but as Boehner put it during a press conference with reporters: "It's the fact that we don't have 218 votes and when you don't have 218 votes, you have nothing."

Oh, but not nothing, Mr. Speaker. You have a song in your heart.

It's always been there, flickering like a tiny flame in the dark. Through the debt debates of last year, and the year before that, and, yes, even the year before that, your little bluebird of happiness just won't be silenced.

How we've come to look forward to your warbling of that Disney tune from "Song of the South."

Please, do serenade us.

Lay off New Jersey already!

Speaking of stereotypes, the New Republic's photo illustration of scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as robe-clad mob boss Tony Soprano of HBO fame made us shift uncomfortably.

We get it. He lives in New Jersey. He's a boss. Moving on.

Hail to the Chief

For a moment there, the Commander in Chief channeled the bratty Veruca Salt when, during a tour of Monticello with French President Francois Hollande, President Barack Obama was caught on an open mic joking with a tour guide, "That's the good thing. As a President, I can do whatever I want."

Well, let's see.

Earlier that day, he used his executive powers to delay enforcement of employer-mandated provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Conservative bloggers were quick to conflate the two unrelated stories.

But yes, Mr. President, you can do whatever you want … so can your opponents.

Biden again!

Oh, Mr. Vice President, you are an endless source of Vine-worthy clips.

This week's verbal gift comes from the Conan show, which picked up on the Veep's confusing response to CNN's Kate Bolduan when asked about his plans for a potential presidential run. The show turned his tongue twisters into its version of his first presidential ad. And it is as silver-tongued as the silver-haired politico himself.

Pot again!

And in the never-ending mission to squeeze as many click-bait worthy pot references into this roundup, here is yet another nod to the ganja leaf.

This week's marijuana mention comes from Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He demurred when asked at an education forum at Miami-Dade College on Monday whether he ever smoked Mary Jane.

Well, that's it. This week in politics is officially up in smoke.

CNN Digital Producer Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Joe Biden • John Boehner • Marco Rubio • Marijuana
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Christie is more like Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire rather Tony Soprano. Boehner and his caucus' theme song should be Kanye's Power because they feel that "no one man should have all that power" when it comes to the President. Funny how that works when there's a democrat in the White House.

    February 14, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    I like it. Well, it is Friday. Just forget everything, Enjoy, God bless!!!!!

    February 14, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. just asking

    House Speaker John Boehner is kind of like Yoda.
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    I guess that makes the President Darth Obama.

    February 14, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Aw just, that's the nicest thing you ever said about President Obama!

    February 14, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "House Speaker John Boehner is kind of like Yoda."

    Name who he has trained and cite all of the evidence of his jedi-like legislative House-Speaker mastery.

    Yeah...thought so. He's more like the JarJar Binks of House Speakers. "Meesa meesa no raise debt ceiling..."

    Or as Quai-Gon Jinn told him: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here."

    February 14, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    N0 realy J0hn B Is like A modern day Paul Revere rideing the best horse warning WE the PE0PLE ! the DEMS ARE COME N ! the DEMS ARE C0MEING .GO V0TE SAVE Y0URSELF

    February 14, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Don't insult Yoda!!!!!!!!!!! he was a Jedi, Boehner is a Sith Lord in the evil Empire!

    February 14, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. ja

    The tea party is illegitimate, hands down

    February 14, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Ron L

    Ohh...I forgot Christy picture. NONE of the recent developments surprise me. When I saw how he spoke to citizens when they challenged his cutting of public school funding, and other issues with such as that. You could see then he was nothing but a bully that could not care less about what other people thought as long as he had the power. When this is all over he will be lucky to be reelected Governor. The Presidency.....forget it, not going to happen.

    February 15, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. sonnie3

    They sure as heck did! My thoughts on Boehner and dingy Harry were not flattering to either of them. They need to be gotten rid of.

    February 15, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |