As if the tightly wound Jean Schmidt hadn’t embarrassed Greater Cincinnati enough with her odd remarks sparking a Saturday Night Live parody in 2005, this weekend it was John Boehner and Mitch McConnell taking their turn in the satirical spotlight.
In SNL’s opening skit, Dan Ackroyd portrayed Boehner (the congressman from West Chester) and Darrell Hammond played McConnell (the U.S. senator from Louisville) as the pair plotted the Republican Party’s misguided comeback and debated whom the GOP should take advice from, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh.
For good measure, the faux Boehner and McConnell discussed when President Obama should be impeached and how his daughters, Sasha and Malia, need to be “taken down a peg, especially the younger one.”
While defiant congressional Republicans continued to offer nothing other than tax cuts as a solution to the economic crisis, Obama’s revamped $787 billion stimulus package was approved Friday along a mostly party line vote.
If Republicans truly oppose taxpayer money being used for projects designed to pump cash into the economy and create jobs, each member who voted against the plan should stand by their convictions. Opponents should insist that none of the money be spent on projects in their own districts.
That would mean that most of Cincinnati, represented by Democrat Steve Driehaus, could get some of the money but areas represented by Schmidt, Boehner, McConnell and other Tristate lawmakers should forego it.
Let’s see how that plays with voters in 2010.