THE PLANK MAY 13, 2008
Mr. Boehner, I'm sure, is a terribly busy man, with many burdensome
responsibilities, so I have to assume that he simply didn't have time
to read the entire Obama interview, or even the entire paragraph, or
even a single clause. If he had, of course, he would have seen that
Obama was clearly calling the Middle East conflict, and not Israel, a
sore. Why, there's no one who would disagree that the Middle East
conflict is a "sore," is there?
I have no doubt that Mr. Boehner will issue a correction to his
press release in which he states the obvious, which is that Obama
expressed -- in twelve different ways -- his support for Israel to me.
If he doesn't, however, I would, sadly, have to agree with my
colleague, the less-forgiving Andrew Sullivan, who called Boehner's
statement a "flat-out lie."
In fact, I would add to Andrew's post, by calling Boehner's statement
mendacious, duplicitous, gross, and comically refutable.