On his MSNBC program Countdown, Keith Olbermann was recapping some of the stranger moments from last night’s victory and concession speeches when he discussed John Boehner’s leaving his man pants at home and crying at the drop of a hat, “This was set against the context of a Republican campaign filled with demands from conservatives about manliness and manning up. Ladies and gentlemen, the new weeper of the house.”
Here is the video from MSNBC:
Olbermann coined Boehner the Weeper of the House, “If there’s no baseball in governor’s races, we are reminded that there’s no crying in baseball, but apparently it is the new thing in politics. There was a time ask the late Ed Muskie, this would end of your aspirations for high office. It had the right questioning Hillary Clinton’s fitness for the presidency, and not to overdo this, but this was set against the context of a Republican campaign filled with demands from conservatives about manliness and manning up. Ladies and gentlemen, the new weeper of the house.”
Olbermann then highlighted Boehner’s habit of playing the crying game, “You get a pass for this. It was a big night, unless you turned it into a franchise. Mr. Boehner, about Iraq in 2007. Mr. Boehner, demanding republicans vote for the TARP bailout in 2008. Mr. Boehner, crying at the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan. If there were liberal equivalent of John Boehner, town cryer, who would today’s conservatives have called him?”
Olbermann brought up an interesting point. In conservative lore, liberals are always the soft, weak weepy people, but if this is the case, why are Republicans always crying? It is perfectly fine if a conservative like John Boehner wants to cry, but if they are going to get all tearful breakdown over the vote on TARP, then maybe it is time to drop the tough guy act? Between their rampant fear of everything, and constant waterworks, they really aren’t fooling anyone.
Even more fascinating is that fact that this is the year that conservative women like Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell made a habit out of talking about manning up, man pants, and cojones. It is almost like Republican women have sensed the lack of manhood of the male members of the party, and they are calling them out on it. Maybe these women are looking for some real men not corporate owned cowards? Could it be that the women of the Republican Party are the ones who really own the cojones?
As I wrote above, being sensitive is great. Being a hypocrite is not. These Republican men seem to be able to talk the talk, but they can’t walk the walk. It is telling that Boehner never shed a tear over the plight of millions of Americans who are out of work, but he was a sniveling mess when it came to bailing out the big banks and Wall Street. I guess nothing tugs at the heart strings of a Republican more than the thought of a Wall Street CEO losing his golden parachute. Just remember, every time you see John Boehner cry for something, if he gets his way, you will probably end up crying too.