By: Sally Kohn
Have you seen the size of the new Speaker of the House John Boehner’s ‘. gavel? Really, it’s huge. Like, “I’m obviously trying to compensate for how puny my policy ideas are” huge.
Even Nancy Pelosi, who generally avoids sex jokes (“I’m the first female Speaker of the House. If I make one crack about the ‘stimulus package’, where will it end?”), couldn’t help but dip into innuendo. Handing Boehner his gavel, Pelosi quipped, “I now pass this gavel, which is larger than most gavels here, but the gavel of choice of Speaker Boehner.” Yeah, she really said that.
At least she didn’t mispronounce his name.
Rumor has it that Boehner’s choice of the giant gavel for the I’m-in-charge-now photo op is a last ditch effort on the part of the GOP to attract gay male voters after alienating them on every policy position imaginable. Either that, or he plans to bang so loudly during sessions of Congress that we won’t be able to hear the astonishing drivel coming from the mouths of newly-elected Tea Party representatives.
For the record, this is Pelosi with her gavel. Strong enough for a man, but more bipartisan for a woman…