The daughter of star singer Johnny Cash has some harsh words for the Republican Party’s House leader.
Notes Gawker, “Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has been using a dumb—trust me, really dumb—line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash’s daughter Roseanne doesn’t think much of that. And she let Boehner know, by calling him ‘asshat.'”
Boehner’s line was, “Remember when Ronald Reagan was president? We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash.”
Adds Gawker, “And, well, yes, it is a very stupid line, even by stump-speech standards, but it’s pretty successful at ignoring any kind of socio-historico-cultural accuracy (I mean, Johnny Cash, a Reagan-era cultural touchstone?) in favor of connecting three vaguely iconic Americans in some kind of nostalgia wonderland as though they really had anything to do with each other, like the rhetorical equivalent of those airbrushed t-shirts where Kurt Cobain is jamming out with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis is there or something.”
Politico’s Ben Smith notes its an expletive he’s “never had to try redacting before.”