Reversal of Fortune

by Kiko Matsing

What’s with the crying fits of incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner?

This guy chokes every time he recalls his personal history.

Apparently, with good reason:

He grew up in modest circumstances, having shared one bathroom with his eleven siblings in a two-bedroom house in Cincinnati. His parents slept on a pull-out couch. He started working at his family’s bar at age 8, a business founded by their grandfather Andy Boehner in 1938. He has lived in Southwest Ohio his entire life. All but two of his siblings still live within a few miles of each other, two are unemployed and most of the others have blue-collar jobs.

…He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1977, becoming the first person in his family to attend college, taking seven years as he held several jobs to pay for his education.

(from Wikipedia)

This is quite a change from the steely demeanor of exiting Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who could not betray human feelings even if she wanted to.

Who Did Nancy Pelosi’s New Face?

Could this be another reversal of fortune of the 2010 mid-term elections: a liberal ice-queen exchanged for a sensitive male conservative? Who would have guessed such creatures existed? Feminists must rejoice at this triumph of reeducation. (But I suspect that deep inside a Stanley Kowalski is still their guilty pleasure.)