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Should John Boehner Play Golf With MAObama?

The Associated Press posted a small story on December 12, 2010 about John Boehner’s apparent desire to play golf with MAObama.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Golf-loving Rep. John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says playing 18 holes with someone is a good way to get to that person. That might be hint from the House speaker-in-waiting to fellow golfer President Barack Obama.

Boehner is about an eight-handicap golfer and when asked on CBS’ “60 Minutes” about being better than the president, Boehner said, “He understands that.”

Aides say Boehner doesn’t have much time for the game lately, and the Ohio Republican says he’s never had an invitation to play with Obama.

Boehner says the two have talked a number of times about playing, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

Boehner says that on the course, “You can’t be somebody that you’re not, because all of you shows up.”

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” might be the philosophy at work here.

On the other hand…

Does anyone sense that Boehner (a fellow Ohioan whom I would like to trust) just might be succumbing to the old temptation of wanting to be pals with the elite people at the top, since as a future Speaker he will be the newest member of the club?  He seems a little too eager to elicit an invitation, which – thank heavens in my opinion! – has not yet arrived!

One thinks of Gingrich with Pelosi worrying about climate change.  And of Bush Senior getting all warm and fuzzy about Billy Jeff Clinton.  And of McCain and his fellow RINO’s joining Dems and sabotaging the Conservative agenda for progress in America.  How exactly have Conservatives and America profited from these associations?

If Boehner wants to see who the present resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue really is, he should read the man’s books.  He should pay attention to the man’s speeches: the infamous Cairo Speech would be a good place to start.  Or maybe the one written (at least in part) by Mort Zuckerman.  Or maybe the one tippy-toeing around Iran’s nuclear weapons program and idly dreaming about a disarmed world, a speech which so perplexed French President Sarkozy.

From a Wall Street Journal editorial of September 29, 2009:

“I support America’s ‘extended hand.’ But what have these proposals for dialogue produced for the international community? Nothing but more enriched uranium and more centrifuges. And last but not least, it has resulted in a statement by Iranian leaders calling for wiping off the map a Member of the United Nations. What are we to do? What conclusions are we to draw? At a certain moment hard facts will force us to make decisions.”

We thought we’d never see the day when the President of France shows more resolve than America’s Commander in Chief for confronting one of the gravest challenges to global security. But here we are.

But let us be charitable: maybe Boehner will stand up and be counted and oppose the socialist agenda of the Dems. Maybe he wants to play golf with MAObama to show and verify privately that from the Republican point of view there can be no compromise with the twin evils of pusillanimity and socialism.

Yet even that would be a mistake: for it gives the impression that nothing has changed in Washington, that the elites still stick together, that they are “buddy-buddy” no matter which side they supposedly represent.

To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a golf game really is just a golf game, and not a symbol of anything deeper.

But not this time.

I would think if Boehner wants “to get to” the present occupant of the White House, he should confine himself to applying pressure by standing firm for what voters want: reduced taxation and reduced regulation thereby bringing about reduced government interference in our lives and those of our children.

And by refusing any and all invitations to play golf or basketball with a certain man whose initials are B.H.O.