Gossip About Boehner Surfaces Above Ground


This piece, which appeared on Salon this week, asks "Is John Boehner hitting the bottle?"

Stories about Boehner's drinking have been circulating for years, both in D.C. and back home in Ohio. This story brings those whispers out into the open.

It's actually a sad and sympathetic piece about the man's struggles, both with his own vices (which include heavy smoking) and with the ruthless, amoral "young guns" whose Ayn Randian creed of selfishness makes them impervious to the idea of compromise or even considering viewpoints other than their own.

I wouldn't want to be John Boehner for all the money in the world.

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