Most people know by now about the Hustle for the House tonight. The story is that the President sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner (and the media) requesting a joint session of Congress be called Wednesday, September 7. Boehner’s office countered that there would be little time to make security arrangements as it would be the date of the opening of a House session. The White House agreed to September 8 instead.
Here’s the situation. 9/7 is the date of a Republican debate, including two sitting members of Congress. Also, the opening of the session is like the first day of school, so not everything will be ready for a presidential address. Ultimately, Boehner is the Speaker of the House, he gets to decide what happens in his House.
This was a petty disagreement. Jackass thought he could kill a GOP debate with one speech. Boehner figured people wouldn’t give a crap if the speech was Wednesday or Thursday. Most people probably won’t, except that the NFL season begins Thursday. What escalated this was the full-on crazy explanations by Obots as to why this was a great insult to the office of the president.
One Democrat on Hannity tortured logic to Gitmo proportions thusly. Boehner must grant the president any time slot he wants because he is the
precious president. What if Congress isn’t in session? Well, he should be able to call a session any time. Then why didn’t he call it for the last two years weeks when he said he had a jobs plan? Because he was waiting for Congress to be in session. There you go. Repeat as necessary.
MSNBC is worked up pretty heavily over this situation. They are offering Jackass any number of schemes to regain the upper hand. Do the speech anyway in another place with an adoring crowd. Call Boehner out for daring to defy his president. Tell America once and for all that Republicans don’t really care about jobs, or they would have had the speech on 9/7. Okay, they have a point. Republicans are not allowed to rhetorically ask where Obama’s job plan is on September 7. Any other day is fine, just like the scheduling.