As ThinkProgress first noted yesterday, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said on his show that “every Republican” he talks to on the Hill tells him House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is “not a hard worker.” He added, “Every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o’clock at night, you can see him at bars. This morning, Scarborough addressed the issue again, clarifying that he was not making a first-hand observation, but rather reporting what other Republicans had told him. Scarborough did not back away from the accusation, however:
SCARBOROUGH: On this John Boehner issue, though, obviously Capitol Hill is very small. People know what everybody does on Capitol Hill. And John Boehner is known as a guy that likes to golf, likes to have a good time, and is not known as a hard worker. Again, I don’t know that personally. I know that, though, from talking to scores of Republicans over the past several years.
Responding to Scarborough’s comments, Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said “the only time he’s ‘around town’ these days is to raise money for our House Republican team. Thus far this year, he’s headlined more than 230 events and raised about $27 million. And that’s just the beginning.” As MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin noted this morning, that statement “didn’t really deny” the reports of Boehner’s drinking habits. Moreover, the New York Times’ Gail Collins does the math on Boehner’s fundraising and concludes:
Think about that. The year is only half over, so that means Boehner is averaging about 1.25 fund-raising events per day. No wonder he looks tired. No wonder he doesn’t know that the deep-water drilling moratorium only involves deep-water drilling.