Liberals reveal hidden puritanical streak. Again.

The latest political silliness, now from the Democrats, rivals the absurdity of conservative ‘birthers’ and Islamophobes .  This from Matt Lewis at Politics Daily:

While it’s impossible to know, some are beginning to speculate that Boehner’s penchant for turning on the waterworks might have some connection to his consumption of wine. Liberal MSNBC host Ed Shultz, half-jokingly, called Boehner a “cheap drunk” the other day, Capitol Hill aides of both parties are wondering, and there’s even a web page devoted to it.

For years, political professionals have quietly discussed Boehner’s drinking. Some have told me off the record that his mannerisms remind them of that of an alcoholic. So far, most of the public speculation having to do with the connection between drinking and Boehner’s crying has come from the left. In addition to Ed Shultz, liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes recently implied Boehner’s crying was due to his drinking. But the speculation is becoming more widespread. Earlier this year, Joe Scarborough noted of Boehner that “by 5 or 6 o’clock at night, you can see him at bars.

Well, that is the traditional time, Joe.  It’s called the cocktail hour.  And drinking in bars?!  Sinful!  I guess Boehner would feel more comfortable drinking behind closed doors, with the puritanical hypocrites.  Probably not.  And Randi Rhodes calling someone a drunk?  Talk about people who live in glass houses.

So is drinking the issue — and why might a person struggling with drinking be more prone to weeping in public?

Really? Is that the important question? I’m not too crazy about the recent spate of conservative histrionics but you’d think that liberal progressives would be a bit more accepting of a man’s emotional openness. I mean, aren’t we supposed to be overcoming our gender stereotypes? Maybe all the conservative rhetoric about the nanny-ness of liberals is not so far off.  Time to stop playing to the namby-pambies in the Democratic party and let adults decide for themselves if, and how much, they should drink.

As for blaming this new political emotionalism on alcohol consumption, tell that to Winston Churchill or John F. Kennedy, neither man likely to refuse a drink and neither man prone to silliness. In fact, I thought that cigars and whiskey were the main staples of a political diet (which, I guess, is one reasons why I am a frustrated amateur pundit). Besides, Glenn Beck will break down at the drop of a tricorn hat and he’s a teetotaler.

It’s bad enough that the neo-cons resort to this type of sensationalist rumor mongering, and I can understand the liberal media’s frustration with that, but this kind of foolishness can eclipse any credibility they might have. No longer will serious people  swallow any story at Fox News without a liberal dosing of salt because of this penchant for reporting on sensationalist non-news stories.

For his part, though, Boehner — who was described in one profile as “a heavy-smoking, hard-drinking former linebacker” — has made no secret of his affection for merlot, and those familiar with Capitol Hill know he frequents The Capitol Hill Club, as well as a favorite Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill, where he is frequently spotted sipping vino.

Good for him. I’m not likely to vote for Boehner but I probably would enjoy sharing a meal with him (but sorry, no Merlot, please).  Dinner without wine is no dinner at all (unless it’s brats or BBQ and then beer is essential).  I myself enjoy at least two glasses of wine with my evening meals and maybe a cocktail before and/or after.  And then I might smoke a nice big cigar.

I know this admission will horrify some of you, but I can’t remember the last time I cried, drove off a bridge, beat my wife or flew a plane into a mountainside.  My blood work just came back and my liver functions are all A-OK, thank you very much.

C’mon liberals. For folks who are always crowing about a personal right to privacy , it’s time to pull your noses out of peoples lives and let them eat, drink and smoke what they want.  Just like you want for your selves.  And as for you conservatives out there, I meant just that:  whatever they want, even if it’s not made by your friends over at Phillip Morris or Bacardi.

The first vice we should worry about is our unhealthy addiction to hypocrisy.


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  1. #1 by boehnerbooze on December 17, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Obama…they all cried too. But that was just Democrats being “human” I suppose…The media has gone after Boehner because he is crying when he describes himself and his personal story, as if somehow his tears don’t count.

    The thing I find refreshing about Boehner’s tears is that while they are uncontrollable and border on sobbing, you at least know they are genuine. I don’t think any grown man goes on TV and thinks he will gain support if he weeps uncontrollably.

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on December 17, 2010 - 4:19 pm

      You’re probably right. But…I wish these guys would get hold of themselves. It’s embarrassing. I doubt if we’ll see Ms.Palin shedding too many tears in public.
      But to blame his emotions of the fact that he is open about enjoying wine – that’s plain silly.

  2. #3 by philosopoet on December 17, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    “The first vice we should worry about is our unhealthy addiction to hypocrisy”

    In general about most things, whether, political, moral or philosophical…these are words to live by.

    …now where did I put that lighter, think I’ll smoke a cigar…

  3. #4 by logiopsychopath on December 18, 2010 - 5:12 am

    I hear, from a reliable source, that ole’ John is a nice guy (and has a great tan). He actually reminds me of Bill Bennett–not the former ed secretary (an arch-conservative who had a penchant for the vice of dice, BTW) but the Canadian politician with a similar bronze glow.

    Anyhoo, liberals are, in general, more loyal to a narrow set of ideals than any conservative, and are more closed-minded when it comes to new ideas.

    Is John B. a lush? (I can’t spell Boehner) Probably not–Is he any different, in reality, than Baltimore-Born Nancy? Probably not, in reality. Both want their agendas pushed through Congress, and both don’t mind hanging the debt on the American people.

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