Harry Reid’s tea-party-backed Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, has suggested that angry Americans might rise up against the “tyrannical” government using “Second Amendment remedies.” Another tea partier, Alabama congressional candidate Rick Barber, made an unintentionally funny commercial in which he tried to convince zombie George Washington to assemble an army to fight government oppression. But these are just a couple of nutty candidates who may never even win their elections. This kind of violent hysteria over health-care reform and government spending isn’t emblematic of the Republican Party. Right, House Minority Leader John Boehner?
“Right now, we’ve got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history. There’s a political rebellion brewing, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it since 1776.”
If there were a game called “Fit as much hyperbole and historical ignorance into two sentences as you can,” we would refuse to play against John Boehner. Maybe it is a game, and Boehner used to play it as a child on long car rides with his family, which is how he became so skilled at it.