Speaker of the House John Boehner is at THAT moment. The moment when you have to decide which way the rest of your life is going to go. Some people would call it a fork in the road, a seminal moment. I’ve been there. He’s ”Standing in the Door.”
Thanks to the US Army and 12 years with the 82nd Airborne Division I’ve been there, several times. Let me show you…
He donned his parachute, which took balls. Went through the Jumpmaster Personnel Inspection (JMPI), and gained some comfort, but not much. Then they boarded the aircraft. When it’s a bad day and your mind is just not absolutely sure, every minute from that point forward is a day and a half of torture.
“What if the static line breaks? What if the ‘chute doesn’t deploy? This is unnatural AND stupid! If God intended men to fly we would have been born with wings!” And on and on and on. I’d share a few more of my thoughts from some bad days but this is a family oriented website; you don’t want to see what I was imagining.
The House passed CC&B.
The Jumpmaster stood up, held out both hands with his fingers spread and issued the warning, “10 Minutes!”
The Senate tabled it.
“Outboard Personnel, Stand Up! Inboard Personnel, Stand Up!”
Back to negotiations.
Boehner stood firm, feeling the eyes of the Tea Parties on his back.
The “not having a good day jumper” stood up and dreaded the next command, but everyone else was doing the same; his pride made him obey the command.
Obama crawfished and changed the deal.
The unwilling jumper unhooked his static line and attached it to the anchor line cable, growing more apprehensive with each command.
“Check static lines.”
Speaker Boehner checked with his allies and drew strength from them.
The apprehensive jumper followed his buddy’s movements, dreading the upcoming decision.
“Sound off for equipment check!”
Speaker Boehner walked out of negotiations.
The apprehensive jumper checked his equipment and slapped the man in front of him to pass on the “All OK.”
The Jumpmaster turned to the open door of the aircraft; the apprehensive jumper saw only an open sucking hole into nothingness. The Jumpmaster checked the door, performed his “clear to the rear’s” and issued the command, “Stand By!”
Speaker Boehner began to formulate his own plan.
The apprehensive jumper handed his static line to the safety and stepped onto the jump platform. Spread out below him was the North Carolina countryside, the cars looked like Hot Wheels; 800 feet above ground level may as well be outer space. The opening in the North Carolina pines loomed before him, growing closer at the speed of 135 knots.
Speaker Boehner and our apprehensive jumper find themselves facing the same decision at this moment. The apprehensive jumper thinks, “Do I jump and maybe die or do I look like a pussy in front of everyone behind me?” Speaker Boehner thinks, “Do I stand firm like the Tea Parties want or do I give in for the sake of ‘Bi-Partisanship’?”
The jump caution lights change suddenly from red to amber, 10 seconds left to decide.
This is where I see Speaker of the House John Boehner standing today. Having been an apprehensive jumper on several occasions I am a subject matter expert and can recommend his next step. My advice is also the next and final jump command.
Step out into the sky, Speaker Boehner, stand strong for CC&B, do it for us, we’re right behind you and we will all be on the drop zone together!