In his televised address to the nation on the debt crisis last night, President Obama mentioned “compromise” half a dozen times.
In his response to the president, House Speaker John Boehner studiously avoided that same word altogther — despite polls showing that the vast majority of Americans favor a compromise to resolve the stalemate (see HERE).
Boehner shuns the C-word because he knows that the Tea Party extremists who rule the roost in his House caucus hate the term with the white-hot intensity of a million suns. He fears that any mention of compromise on his part will result in a far-right challenge to his bid for re-election next year.
The guy is one of the great political cowards of our time.