Deirdre Shesgreen reports
House Speaker John Boehner let loose in a recent interview with conservative columnist Peggy Noonan. The Wall Street Journal piece is a must-read for anyone wondering about the trials and tribulations of the West Chester Republican’s leadership reign—and for anyone who just likes a good quote.
Like Boehner’s response to Noonan’s question about what he recently told his restive GOP caucus in a closed-door strategy meeting: “I told them they have ocular rectitis. That’s when your eyes get confused with your butt, and it develops into [an unnecessarily fecal] outlook on life.”
Or this one, on the make-up of the U.S. House of Representatives: “We got 435 members. It’s just a slice of America, it really is. We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you’d ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We’ve got ‘em all.”
Boehner also talked about the many roles he has as speaker: “People think I’ve got this job as a leader. They don’t realize that I have about 200 responsibilities and roles. I’ve gotta be the big brother, the father, I gotta be the disciplinarian, the dean of students, the principal, the spouse—you can’t believe all the roles that I have to play! But one of them is, you know, some problems you can nip early. I had three guys in here a few years ago, I said ‘Boys, you’re cruising down the wrong path.’ Two of them listened, one of them didn’t. He’s no longer here.”