Never cave to the kid who cries too easily

This is an important thing for anyone who works around children and teenagers to remember. That is though exactly what John Boehner does on the floor of the US Congress. Most recently he did this as a response to the possibility that *gasp* the Democrats may want some clear targets and timelines for the Iraq war:

“The top of our list is to provide for the safety of the American people,” said
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), choking back tears on the House floor as he debated
in favor of the war bill. “After 3,000 Americans died at the hands of these
terrorists, when are we going to stand up and take them on?”

(Side note: conservatives have this old saw about running government more like a business. Doesn’t a good board like to set clear targets for its divisions so that it knows when to cut its losses?)

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