by John Grooms
Talk about strange bedfellows. The GOP the folks who brought us Freedom Fries after the French refused to enter into a suicide pact with the U.S. in Iraq now lo-o-o-o-o-o-ve the French. Not just love the French, but even see them as a great role model. As if to prove that political rhetoric has no rhyme or reason (or shame), House Speaker John Boehner reacted to the multiple crises in Japan by saying the whole thing proves that Pres. Obama should emulate the French, and stock up on nuclear power plants.
There are nuclear reactors operating all over the world, Boehner told a job creation forum last Wednesday. Eighty-two percent of the electricity produced in France comes from nuclear sources, and has done so successfully for decades. Only 20 percent of the electricity in the United States comes from nuclear sources. So I think let's learn the lessons, let's understand what safeguards if any additional safeguards need to be put in place. In the meantime, continued Boehner, lets put our eggs in the nuclear basket just like those wise people in France! TalkingPointsMemo pointed out the bonus irony in Boehners pro-France declaration: France is host to the world's largest nuclear energy company, the vast majority of which is owned by the state. So, you know, actual socialism.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsay Graham from the Land South of Carowinds, wanted Obama to move more quickly to bomb Ghaddafis forces in Libya. At least be as bold as the French, said the prissy warrior, referring to Frances recognition of Libyan rebels as the official government of that country, and its leading role in establishing a no-fly zone.
Rumors are now floating that Tea Partier guys with the usual macho insecurities want Boehner and Graham impeached for selling out to the snail eaters and surrender monkeys. Graham announced yesterday, however, that if Tea Partiers tried to impeach him, Ill hit them with a baguette.