Speaker John Boehner will host a cocktail party for the Republican National Committee at the same time that President Barack Obama will be addressing the nation at the memorial service for victims of the Tucson shooting. – Roll Call


I honestly don’t know what to say, when in a moment of national mourning the Speaker of the House chooses a Washington, D.C. fundraiser instead of attending the memorial in Tuscon, Arizona.

After a pitch perfect address to the House, the quieting of the congressional schedule out of respect, all of which began through eloquently stating the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was an attack on all who serve, Speaker Boehner skips out for money’s sake.

After Vice President Joe Biden, who is traveling in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, Speaker Boehner is second in line to the presidency.

He’s supposed to be the serious one.

Mr. Boehner leads the Republican House that Pres. Obama and Democrats are supposed to work with to heal the nation and take another look at how we get to where we’re going.

I can’t think of one good reason for Boehner not to be in Tucson, but upon consideration a fundraiser doesn’t come to mind.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) turned down an offer by President Barack Obama to travel on Air Force One to Arizona for a memorial service on behalf of the victims of Saturday’s shooting, a decision that has upset some Democrats.

Call me an idealist, but it’s just so thunderously disappointing.


This post has been updated.