The Budget and John Boehner: Matt Taibbi on the Ultimate Beltway Hack

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John Boehner -- he's the perma-tanned face of Republican budget obstructionism; but who is the House Speaker, really? Well, as Matt Taibbi wrote in January,

John Boehner is the ultimate Beltway hack, a man whose unmatched and self-serving skill at political survival has made him, after two decades in Washington, the hairy blue mold on the American congressional sandwich. The biographer who somewhere down the line tackles the question of Boehner's legacy will do well to simply throw out any references to party affiliation, because the thing that has made Boehner who he is — the thing that has finally lifted him to the apex of legislative power in America — has almost nothing to do with his being a Republican. ...

There's more -- so much more -- here: The Crying Shame of John Boehner: He's a lazy, double-talking shill for corporate interests. So how's he going to fare with the Tea Party?