Mr. Boehner gives ‘em something to cry about

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We’re about to get perhaps the most emotional politician in modern American history taking on a very visible role, third in line to the presidency, Rachel Maddow said on the show last night. “We’re going to have to figure out how to keep paying attention to what John Boehner is saying even if he is crying while he is saying it,” she said. Part of what he has been crying over lately is Republicans’ pledge to cut about $100 billion out of the national budget. Those will have to be cuts in discretionary spending, and incoming House Speaker Boehner doesn’t want them taken from the defense – leaving less than half the discretionary budget up for grabs. Which, as Steve Benen of Washington Monthly pointed out, would be nearly four times the largest cuts in discretionary spending in the last generation – much of it coming from places like education, where the children Mr. Boehner says he cries over get their chance at the American dream that leaves him weeping. “So yes, John Boehner may cry while talking about all the awesome things he wants to do for children,” said Maddow, who admits to being a fan of letting people see your tears. “I find it amazing that he allows himself to cry in public while he talks about these things. But having a positive feeling is not the same as doing something positive. [Segment: Following the tracks of Boehner’s tears]

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Mr. Boehner gives 'em something to cry about

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