Notre Dame Honors Biden and Boehner’s Civility. Heh.

Notre Dame Honors Biden and Boehner’s Civility. Heh.

[How un-civil of both]


The University of Notre Dame is honoring Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker John Boehner for their “service to the church and society” through their “civility,” “respectful dialogue” and avoidance of “poisonous invective.”

The Sycamore Trust points out how “snicker” worthy that is.

Let’s go over how Biden and Boehner have shown “civility” and “respectful dialogue” and avoided “poisonous invective.”


“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” – Jan. 31, 2007

“This is a big f*%$ing deal!” –March 23, 2010 on the signing of Obamacare.

“The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.” October, 2005.

Sheesh. Thank goodness he was avoiding incivility, huh?

Boehner on the other hand has not always kept things civil either. Weeks before he was set to receive this honor from Notre Dame, Boehner let loose on Ted Cruz:

“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner told an audience at Stanford University. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b*&$% in my life.”

Funny thing was that this wasn’t some moment where he got caught up and said something off the cuff that he regrets. He had said it before.

This from Politico earlier in March: Boehner referred to Ted Cruz as “lucifer.” He previously called the Texas senator, who led the failed Republican effort to shut down the government over Obamacare, a “jackass.”

On April 26 at Stanford University, awardee-designate John Boehner, having characterized presidential candidate Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh,” quite understandably declared, “I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

On the incivility meter, in an instant Boehner blew right by Biden’s “They gonna put y’all back in chains” campaign brickbat, his smear of same-sex marriage opponents as “bigots,” and his “Neanderthal” label for Republicans.

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3 comments on “Notre Dame Honors Biden and Boehner’s Civility. Heh.

  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Notre Dame’s tarnished and disgraced Laetare medal, Joe Biden’s moronic modernist heresies, and former Speaker John Boehner calling Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh”…. analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic!

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Without consulting Kierkegaard, Waugh, or Rod Serling, I do not believe that metaphors in irony and hyperbole always imply literal correspondence. Perhaps Congressman Boehner only meant to suggest that the deceptive tactics of Ted Cruz are something like what one might expect from Lucifer in the flesh if he were walking around the halls of Washington or running for president.

    Captain Kirk: Well, I suppose that is possible, Spock. Has Boehner ever called Obama or Hillary “Lucifer in the flesh”?

    Spock: Not to the best of my recollection, Captain. There would have been much howling in the media over that. However, the Republican senator from Texas more closely resembles Bela Lugosi. Perhaps Notre Dame could add a footnote or asterisk to Boehner’s name in the commencement program for clarification.

    Captain Kirk: You don’t think he’s more like Frank Langella, Jr.’s Dracula? The one with Olivier as van Helsing?

    Professor Sartre: Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

    Professor Derrida: At this point, Captain Kirk is subverting the discourse and many questions about the Enlightenment remain…

    Dr. Jacques Lacan: as the confidence of the modern bourgeois ego is decentered….

    Professor Lyotard: OK, but we should discuss the metanarrative of romanticism, Protestant millenarianism, the theory of progress, the Enlightenment, vulgar musicals, and popular romantic folk comedy which surrounds this…

    Father Guido Sarducci: What about Joe Biden?

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, pro-abortion politicians are not supposed to receive awards or honors at Catholic colleges and universities. Father Gannon never would have allowed that at Fordham in his day. The neo-Kantian turn in progressive modernism has led to some very fuzzy thinking at modernist universities under the spell of the Land O’Lakes conference agenda, I’m sad to say.

    The Professor: Oh, yes, Gilligan. When the decentered ego in postmodern bourgeois subcultures passes through a neo-Kantian vortex it can be very disorienting and confusing. But Father Jenkins is lucky to have modernist experts on hand in the humanities departments to explain the phenomenology, semiotics and psycholinguistics of this process as his university and alumni funding implode.

    Inspector Clouseau: Follow the money…

    Reverend Neuhaus: Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but I would like to say something about the Naked Public Square in modernity….

  2. Rod Serling: Presented for your approval — A metaphor of the destruction of the Church. Mr. Kirk, on taking a flight to Star Fleet Academy, is treated to a vision of the Dracgoglio on the wing of the aircraft, slowly tearing the structure apart. To his horror, no one on the plane is able to see what is happening. Falling into insanity, he spends the rest of his life pontificating on an obscure blog.

  3. Good call.
    There should be a way to scan the face of Bergoglio, Hans Küng or Nancy Pelosi on the gremlin at the window (with photoshop)

    “There’s a modernist out there!”

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