Opinion: You had to know he was going to cry: And other predictable moments from John Boehner’s first day as speaker of the House


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You had to know incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner would seize this photo-op with Nancy Pelosi.

And it was a given that he’d cry, as he did on a recent episode of ’60 Minutes’ as well as when he was reelected in November. (Reference: John Boehner, a crying shame.)


As for the national conversation, all of the participants played their parts.

RedState’s Moe Lane asked Pelosi to ‘shut up’ during her outgoing speech. Republicans stood and clapped. Democrats did not, reports the Atlantic. On ‘Morning Joe,’ Bob Woodward talked a little smack. Salon’s Andrew Leonard detailed what Boehner could do wrong. The libs at News Junkie Post already started asking Boehner for the jobs he promised. Mother Jones compared Boehner to Newt Gingrich. And Daily Kos stumbled on this ‘No You Can’t’ music video starring Boehner.

Our Washington columnist Doyle McManus will weigh in Thursday in his regular column.


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Top photo: Nancy Pelosi yields the podium to incoming House Speaker John Boehner on the opening day of the 112th Congress in Washington on Wednesday.