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Speaker Boehner's Moment

Even as the audience expected to greet Speaker Boehner at this Friday's Twenty-Sixth Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner promises to outsize those of all previous such occasions, no one expects that this milestone will be the marker of the Speaker's week.  With a government shutdown looming it is likely, however, that whatever the outcome of the week's negotiations, this speech is going to be a memorable one for those assembled. 
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Commenter Kate - will you be at this event? If so, you should ask Speaker Boehner why he voted in favor of the TARP bailout of the banks. If you get a chance. I'm sure he'll be getting a lot of tough questions from the audience.

Advice for event organizers: Tuck a box of tissues under the lectern in case the Speaker begins sobbing while elaborating on the plight of his struggling golf buddies.

Also, be sure that the Speaker's "water" is in an opaque glass, unless it is actually a colorless kind of "water."

This could be even more exciting than the Glenn Beck appearance.

If you are concerned about the difficulty of the questions he will receive, no worries: your attendance is irrelevant to that matter.

Look again Owl, read it a bit slower, and you'll see that I wrote "I'm sure he'll be getting a lot of tough questions from the audience."

How does this indicate concern?

Also, no matter how one might slice it, your comment makes no sense.

I will be there, thanks to friends.

I expect hard questions from the audience are weeded out; the form last year was to write on cards and submit those. It's not the time or place for hard questions.

I would not ask the TARP question since I have heard my husband explain many, many times why there was no good alternative to bailing out financial institutions that had been hurt largely through complying with government regulation of the industry. I'm sure I would hear some answer comparable to that, don't you? TARP was meant to be paid back -- I don't know that the implementation worked out to effect that end.

O of M was not confused. Your cranky but trite comments invite belittling responses.

I like John Boehner and am looking forward to the evening. There may be hope and good cheer in it. I will bring tissues, just in case he cannot make a hopeful case for the future. I am afraid he will be realistic, but hope he won't be so unkind.

"I would not ask the TARP question since I have heard my husband explain many, many times why there was no good alternative to bailing out financial institutions that had been hurt largely through complying with government regulation of the industry."

[Oh, that's a CLASSIC Kate comment! Thank you.]
Of course you wouldn't ask that!! Listen to your man.

I guess you've cooled off, then.

Kate, 2/16/09:

"I thought we conservatives were upset over TARP. I was, anyhow."

http://nlt.ashbrook.org/2009/02/reviewing-the-various-views-of-the-presidents-stimulus-victory.php#comment-58658

"It's not the time or place for hard questions."

No, of course not. Don't want to upset one's digestion with hard questions when the meal is that pricey. Just ask him about his golf game, and thank him for going all in with the tea partiers.

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Owl's apparent attempt at belittlement makes no sense. Why?

Let's assume that I'm truly concerned about the difficulty of the questions he receives. Owl is awkwardly trying to infer that any questions I might have would be stupid and/or easy (I guess?). Then that should not lead one to think "No worries." I'd only be making the situation worse by adding another dumb/easy question to the mix. Yet, this contradicts the assertion that my attendance would be "irrelevant to that matter" (of the difficulty of the questions). It's quite a few layers of nonsense in just one sentence. He probably thinks such nonsense is being esoteric or something - good for him.

The dinner was postponed. Believe it or not, Mr. Boehner is too busy.

No, I am still upset about TARP. I think it set a terrible precedent. But sometimes I get tired of arguing and there is no point in arguing with a husband, since husbands are always right.

You don't think there is a time and place for hard questions? I do. There are other fora for hard questions than such dinners.

I see the House passed a bill to fund the military through September. Hopefully the Senate and President sign on.

You are a child.

You've called me a name.

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