Are Boehner's tears a turn-off?
What is behind the new speaker's tears? An uncontrollable urge to well up at the mere mention or thought of the American Dream? A marshmallow heart prone to bouts of nostalgia? An onion hidden in his jacket pocket to soften the hard image of the "Party of No"?
According to a science reporter for the New York Times, who cites new research from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, women's tears contain a chemical that is designed to disarm the sexual desire of men. It is the body's way of saying: "Not tonight!". It is the natural anti Viagra.
This probably does not explain John Boehner's tears, although the Weizmann Institute promises more research, this time on men. But I wouldn't be surprised if those tears from such high office will be used to great effect to keep the Tea Party in line, or to mollify his opponents on the other side of the aisle.
If things get really fractious in Republican ranks expect a cry-off between Boehner and Fox News host Glenn Beck, the two tear duct gladiators. I know we live in tough times but there does seem to be an unusual tendency to cry in public. Is this quivering lower lip the hallmark of a confident man or another sign of our creeping decadence? Discuss.