Normally, were I to find myself inclined to agree with John Boehner, my first impulse would be to call a neurologist and arrange for a CAT scan. There are few more compelling reasons for America to resist turning the House of Representatives back to the Republican Party than the prospect of Speaker John Boehner. What could be more cynical than elevating a man to the third most powerful post in the land whose primary contribution as a politician -- beyond illustrating the perils of over-tanning -- has been his vigorous commitment to doing nothing? In the chamber that made Daniel Webster great, he is the Jerry Seinfeld -- except instead of creating a sitcom about nothing, he seems dedicated to an effort to create a Congress about nothing.
Yet, today, by accident, he stumbled upon an idea that had some merit. He advocated the resignation of Tim Geithner as treasury secretary. Boehner's reasoning was, as usual, not reasoning at all but pure, undistilled partisan boojwah. But the idea that the time has come for a change atop Obama's economic team is absolutely right.