Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi takes a long look at new Speaker of the House John Boehner and busts some pretty brutal takedowns in a piece titled, "The Crying Shame of John Boehner."
The Democrats have plenty of creatures like Boehner. But in the new Speaker of the House, the Republicans own the perfect archetype — the quintessential example of the kind of glad-handing, double-talking, K Street toady who has dominated the politics of both parties for decades. In sports, we talk about athletes who are the "total package," and that term comes close to describing Boehner's talent for perpetuating our corrupt and debt-addled status quo: He's a five-tool insider who can lie, cheat, steal, play golf, change his mind on command and do anything else his lobbyist buddies and campaign contributors require of him to get the job done.
He is not a fan, as you can guess. But it's not simply an excuse to bludgeon Boehner, it's also a fairly detailed and potent analysis of how the Republicans have dealt and will deal with the Tea Party, specifically in Ohio, now that they're in power.
Well worth your time.