But after his off-guard statement tonight, he’s probably painted himself into an “absolute worst” corner in both regards.
It wasn’t his rebuttal to tonight’s presidential address. It wasn’t his insistence in that address that poor Americans should continue to pay the costs for mistakes made by wealthy corporations. It wasn’t the Visine glow from his otherwise Bloody Mary-bloodshot eyes, nor the radiation of his salon-tanned cheeks.
As he paced over to the Speaker’s Lobby to deliver his address, Boehner said aloud, “I didn’t sign up for going mano-a-mano with the President of the United States.”
Jill Jackson, CBS News’ Capitol Hill producer, overheard the comment and tweeted it shortly after.
A follow-up continued shortly after on CBS’s website confirms that suspicion: “Boehner is caught in the middle of a battle within his own party and with the opposition party, and he apparently didn't expect being Speaker would lead to verbal combat with the president in prime time.”
The speaker's house site (the address of which was confirmed) has been inaccessible for over three hours following the rebuttal.
Of course, tonight the president asked citizens to contact their congressional representatives and tell them of their own opinions on this budgetary topic.
Apparently, Boehner has quite a few constituents a lot more 'mano'ly than him, and who are eager to let him know their opinions.