House Minority Leader John Boehner is jumping on the resolution train and proposing his own "benchmark measuring device" on Iraq. He was on Hugh Hewitt's radio show and caused both Hugh and Dean Barnett to start smoking:
Minority House Leader John Boehner was just on Hugh’s show. It was obvious during the interview that smoke was pouring out of Hugh’s ears. Mine too. For the first time in my life, I actually called into a radio talk show. At least I got the chance to say to my friend Hugh, “Long time listener, first time caller.”
What did Boehner do to get us so riled up? Boehner, not wanting to be left in the dust of all this resolution hoo-ha, is proposing a benchmark measuring device that he will put forward in a congressional resolution of his very own. Boehner kept insisting that his only motive in cooking up yet another offering for the already-crowded “Meaningless Resolution Buffet” is to help the White House.
This is getting ridiculous. Don't they have anything else to do up there besides playing I'll see your resolution and raise you one?
Hugh asked Boehner what effect he thought his resolution might have on the enemy. And, believe this or not, Boehner "spoke for a while but didn’t address the question". Hugh did not give up and asked twice more without getting an answer.
Dean provides the answer:
While Boehner may not have considered what effect his resolution will have in the enemy, I would bet he spent extensive time figuring out what effect it will have on the political landscape. That one he no doubt calculated within an inch of its life.
Since it seems to be the "in" thing these days, I have a resolution of my own. I propose a resolution to resolve that every member of Congress proposing a meaningless (except to our enemies) resolution is a menace to society and should be put in time-out for the next two years. We are facing perilous times and the adults, if there are any left, need to be in charge.
Diomedes needs an aspirin. I do, too. With a tequila chaser.