The power of mockery

THE POWER OF MOCKERY…. On Saturday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), a man who believes he should be Speaker of the House in January, declared that passage of health care reform would be “Armageddon.” He wasn’t kidding.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele echoed the sentiment yesterday. Shep Smith, the token sane person at Fox News, asked Steele, “Armageddon? Seriously?” The RNC leader replied, “Yes!

President Obama is right to find this worthy of mockery. “Now that this legislation is passed, you don’t have to take my word for it,” he said this afternoon. “You’ll be able to see it in your own lives.

“I heard one of the Republican leaders say this was going to be ‘Armageddon.’ Well, two months from now, six months from now, you can check it out. We’ll look around [Obama starts looking up and around] and we’ll see. You don’t have to take my word for it.”

The audience at the Department of the Interior was amused, and with good reason — Republicans’ policy arguments have become literally laughable.

Given the way the party has chosen to conduct itself, the GOP deserves to be openly mocked by the president. More, please.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.