Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Child’s Play

Leslie Stahl interviewed incoming House Speaker John Boehner on 60 Minutes Sunday night. They talked about lots of things, including how he doesn’t like the word “compromising.”

STAHL: But governing means compromising.

BOEHNER: It means working together.

STAHL: It also means compromising.

BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.

STAHL: Okay, is that compromising?

BOEHNER: I made it clear I am not going to compromise on my principles, nor am I going to compromise the will of the American people.

STAHL: What are you saying? You’re saying, “I want common ground, but I’m not gonna compromise.” I don’t understand that. I really don’t.

BOEHNER: When you say the word “compromise,” a lot of Americans look up and go, “Uh oh, they’re gonna sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.

It’s like talking to a six-year-old:

PARENT: Eat your vegetables.

CHILD: I don’t like vegetables.

PARENT: But you like peas.

CHILD: Yes, I like peas.

PARENT: Peas are vegetables.

CHILD: I don’t like vegetables.

PARENT (to himself): I need a drink.

This Congress is going to be so awesome.