During the fiscal cliff saga, I noticed that every time Speaker John Boehner gave a press conference there was a distinct spike in angry comments posted throughout the social networking world. Furious Conservatives nationwide were tweeting him over the coals—mostly deservedly—and calling for his removal as Speaker of the House. When that didn’t happen, again the posters and tweeters were set ablaze.
While watching Speaker Boehner make his continuous TV appearances, saying all the wrong things at all the wrong times, I was reminded of when Britney Spears had her public meltdown and shaved her head bald in the window of a tattoo parlor. All I could think at the time was, “Get those cameras off that poor girl! She can’t handle it anymore!” But of course the opposite happened. The vulture paparazzi followed her crazy self all over Los Angeles and “Bald Britney” was the lead story on all the local “news” channels for months. Other misguided pop starlets followed; their antics, missteps and very public mistakes have all but killed their collective careers (and credibility) forever.
So the last time I saw Boehner on television, smiling and tan and seemingly unaware of the Conservative ire he was invoking, I found myself again screaming at the television, “Get the cameras off of him! He’s killing the GOP forever!”
I don’t mean to pick on Speaker Boehner alone; there are many other establishment Republicans (cough, Mitch McConnell, cough) who also need to stay away from all cameras and microphones for a while. They have nothing new to say but the leftist reporters know how angry they make us when they say it anyway…But no one causes more networking anger from Conservatives than John Boehner. Sympathizing isn’t an option and frankly doesn’t seem necessary with him. After watching his continuous appearances on every television market on earth, I have come to the conclusion that John Boehner flat-out loves the attention. Not only is he comfortable and calm with reporters, he seems to be camera-ready 24/7. I’ve never been to Ohio, but I’m fairly certain folks don’t live there for the “beaches and sun”. So that “chocolate-y glow” he’s famous for can only be achieved by either spraying on massive amounts or spending many hours in a tanning bed. Also, as a woman with “questionable hair color” I won’t even discuss Boehner’s jet-black version. Why would a man his age need to be so perfectly movie star groomed? It goes beyond the fact that he’s a political public figure. I believe that Boehner, like Bald Britney, is addicted to his celebrity status.
What is the solution? How do we protect whatever’s left of our Conservative/GOP/Tea Party/Libertarian/Whatever Party and stop scaring away any potential future voters–many who have already turned away from all of us in disgust? We do the same thing any decent maternal or paternal type should have done to salvage Britney Spear’s career: you get them out of the spotlight! Purposely turn your cameras away from the “cushy career” politicians and shine the light on some of the good ones instead—the ones who understand who actually works for whom. There are many remarkable, hard-working politicians across the United States who really need some media attention; those who are fighting the “smaller” battles in their states. One of those is Texas State Representative David Simpson with his new “Texas Travel Freedom Act“, making it illegal for a TSA agent to sexually grope you “without probable cause” (as per our 4th Amendment Rights). California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is introducing a bill that would allow undercover Marshalls to monitor and protect public schools, much like they protect airplanes. Of course another rising star in Texas is newly elected (against all establishment odds) Senator Ted Cruz.
To show how serious I am about this, I’m making a pledge here and now that if any of our PolitiChicks are covering an event and if Speaker Boehner is standing next to someone like State Representative Simpson, our cameras will be directed only on the “smaller” politician. Let’s see if these Bald Britney Politicians will start listening to us if we start shunning and taking the attention away from them.
They’ve had their say. They’ve won their elections and there’s nothing we can do about it (for now) so our anger, wrath, tweets and posts really aren’t doing anything other than making us all look bad—and giving many of us ulcers. Instead of hate, let’s spread the love around to some of the good guys. Maybe by doing so, more Conservative leaders will step into the political arena—and with enough advance media attention from all of us, they might stand a better chance beating the “big guys” next time around.
None of them are “perfect”; my fingers literally won’t let me type the words “perfect” and “politician” in the same sentence. However some are much better than others, and understand that being a politician should be a duty to their country and not simply a career to gather as much money and power as possible.
To show Conservative solidarity, if any of you know of some great “smaller politicians” who are trying to do big things in your state, please let us know at PolitiChicks.tv and we’ll do our best to give them the national attention they deserve.
It’s not too late to save America or our Conservative/GOP/Tea Party/Libertarian/Whatever Party—we’ve just got to find new ways to get back in the game successfully.