Well, it's finally here. This is the day that Weeping John Boehner, the absolute worst Speaker of the House in the history of the republic, brings his sleazy tenure in that office to a head. Boehner has invited a foreign leader to address a Joint Session of Congress in a vainglorious attempt to embarrass the President of the United States and whip up support for yet another Middle East war.
The invited guest is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, and his goals are two-fold: the first is to try to disrupt President Obama's delicate nuclear non-proliferation talks with Iran, and the second is to look presidential back in Israel where he is running for re-election in two weeks. His appearance is little more than a shameless scam designed to interfere with American foreign policy while promoting his own political goals.
And John Boehner is complicit in the process - to the point that some question his patriotism.
Bibi Netanyahu, who tends to regard himself as much a member of the American political class as he is of Israel's, made a similarly misguided foray into American politics back in 2012 when he tried unsuccessfully to influence Americans into believing that his old friend, Mitt Romney, was better prepared than President Obama to represent our country on the world stage. His efforts backfired then, and hopefully he will meet with comparable rejection today.
As of yesterday more than fifty Democratic members of Congress have announced that they will boycott Bibi and Boehner's dog-and-pony show. Senators Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are the two latest legislators to add their names to the list of non-attendees - a list that also includes the Vice President of the United States.
Sadly, my only Democratic member of Congress, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, apparently plans on being in the audience.
Boehner's staff has announced plans to fill the seats of the non-attending Democrats with cheering House staffers, a move that will be about as genuine as the original pretext of inviting Netanyahu.to speak in the first place.
There's still time to get the hell out of Dodge, Bibi, and go home. Spare yourself and both nations the ultimate embarrassment of the leader of Israel acting as a toady for for our increasingly useless American Congress. Boehner can crawl back in his tanning bed and have himself a good cry, leaving the rest of us able to focus on functioning in the real world and taking consul from our own duly elected leader. Your services here are not needed.