Barack Obama used the C-word six times last night, but John Boehner used it not even once
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.