It’s About “Jobs,” Not “Money

I love this little snippet reflecting the strategic genius of John Boehner, via Politico‘s Jake Sherman:

Speaker John Boehner doesn’t mince words.

“Let’s call bulls— bulls—,” he told House Republicans in a closed meeting this morning. “This election is about jobs, jobs, jobs.”

The Ohio Republican has been making that point — albeit in a much softer manner — publicly for some time. But it’s especially poignant now, since Congress is about to fail to extend low student loan rates enacted by Democrats in 2007.

Boehner told the House Republican Conference Thursday morning that it was unlikely Congress would be able to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling before the end of the month, but he blamed the Senate, since the lower chamber has already passed a bill. He dubbed the fight “phony,” and urged his members not to fall victim to what he considers a manufactured tussle.

So the election is “about” jobs, but not that green stuff that people do jobs to get–you know, money.

If the GOP message this year gets any narrower, any more focused on avoiding the party’s actual agenda, then before long they’ll just omit all those dangerous, elitist complete sentences and just run around grunting “Jobs Good! Obama Bad!”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.