Democrats probably haven't said a single nice thing about John Boehner in two years, given the partisan climate in Congress these days, so one wouldn't expect them to pass up the opportunity to pounce on the top Republican in the House for his decision to appear at a state GOP midterm rally with former Nazi reenactor Rich Iott this weekend.
But two prominent Jewish House Democrats spoke up this morning and criticized Boehner heavily on a conference call hosted by the National Jewish Democratic Council, a group that has already blasted the would-be Speaker over his planned attendance at the Saturday rally in Toledo.
"What's wrong with John Boehner, and what's wrong with his view of the world that he thinks it's okay to put his arm around a candidate who does that?" asked Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL), a deputy whip in the Democratic caucus and one of the more prominent Jewish members of the House.
Boehner's camp has pointed out that the minority leader isn't appearing at the rally just to campaign for Iott, the GOP House candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who used to dress as a Nazi SS officer as part of a reenactment group on weekends.
It's not an Iott campaign rally. It's an Ohio Republican Party rally, and Boehner has been campaigning for GOP turnout across the state. Iott's just going to be there (and is advertising the "Rally with John Boehner" on his website).