Re: “Boehner should step down” (letter, 10-18).
It is absolutely outrageous that this slanderous letter was published. There isn’t any significant proof that House Speaker John Boehner knowingly “lied to America,” and the letter writer doesn’t present any.
The situation in Washington was fluid throughout the government shutdown. Nobody knows what Boehner knew at the time he stated “I don’t have the votes” (to pass a clean continuing resolution) on a Sunday talk show. The letter writer quoted an ABC/Jonathan Karl news report which stated that anonymous independent sources told him the votes were there. Karl did not accuse Boehner of lying because he had no way of proving it.
In September at a business roundtable, President Obama claimed the debt ceiling has “never” been used as leverage for extraneous (non-budgetary) demands. Charles Krauthammer (column, 10-11) called that claim “nonsense” and wrote that “it’s been so used dozens of times going back to at least 1973.”
So why didn’t Obama negotiate like his predecessors? He knew the mainstream media would primarily blame the Republicans, and he would win politically.
The smoking gun? The Wall Street Journal (10-4) reported a senior Obama administration official stating, “We are winning . . . it doesn’t really matter to us how long the shutdown lasts because what matters is the end result.”
Nobody is blameless in the shutdown. But the letter writer was wrong to slander Boehner and place the blame solely on him. He should not step down.