by Trapper John
Other people, like DHinMI below, will write wide-ranging and cogent analyses of why Boehner is no champion of reform. For me, though, Boehner's supreme venality can be reduced to one simple visual -- the image of a sitting Congressman handing out checks from the tobacco lobby on the House floor. In a game of Can You Top This played by kept kongressmen, that's a "Domino, motherfucker!!" moment.
I mean, not only was he handing out checks (good . . . ) from a lobbyist (nice . . .) in the heart of the People's House (well played!) -- they were checks from the ample wallet of Big Tobacco! It's that kind of attention to the little details that won the job for Boehner. Roy Blunt would have just handed out checks from Pharma or the Realtors.