John BoehnerBob Herbert

The fact that John Boehner has a real chance to be Speaker of the House of Representatives is astonishing, Herbert says, because he is one of the more sleazy politicians in Washington. In the 1990s he was doing the bidding of big tobacco and funneling money to his colleagues when it was legal. In addition, he is known to be at the bidding of several corporations, which Herbert lists. He says Boehner has always been willing to stick his neck out for the elite, and he is one of the people responsible for the state of affairs today, where ordinary working Americans have been left behind in the recession.

Herbert is a New York Times columnist.

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