May 3, 2015

Even for Meet the Press, Chuck Todd's interview with John Boehner was remarkable. In five short minutes there were many, many lies, most of them ones we've heard many times before. There were, however, a few new frames.

Boehner trotted out a couple of new Frank Luntz-tested one-liners, putting Republican cynicism on display for all to see.

Responding to a question from Chuck Todd about money in politics, Boehner pooh-poohed the idea that it is a problem.

"We spend more money on antacids than we do politics," declared John Boehner.

It's only a pity Todd didn't ask him whether antacid expenditures increase proportionately to the number of political ads on television. In that one short interview, I felt the need to reach for the Tums myself.

With regard to special interests, Boehner said, "Everybody's a special interest," as if that somehow negates the impact those interests have on the political landscape. He failed to mention that some special interests, like Meet the Press sponsor Koch Industries, have a stronger voice in Boehner's Washington, DC than teachers or ordinary people.

If everybody's a special interest, nobody is a special interest, right?

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