Pass the garlic…

Thousands of people are sending twitters to House Republican leader John Boehner, at @GOPLeader.

He said, remarkably, “I’m still trying to find the first American to talk to who’s in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration.” Really? He probably doesn’t get out much.
So folks on the internet are actively introducing themselves, and expressing their support for the public option.
But he also said: “This is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake.”
Politico asked, “Isn’t a garlic milkshake healthy?” to which he replied, “I don’t know I haven’t tried it.” Politico noted that SurveyUSA poll showing three-quarters of Americans backing a public option choice.

Dissing garlic is a big deal for California, and especially Gilroy, the garlic Capitol of the world, which hosts an impressive garlic festival every year.

Gilroy’s Congressman, California Representative Mike Honda (who is also chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus), defended both garlic and the public health insurance action. As the Sacramento Bee has the story, as does the Angry Asian Man blog:

After hearing Boehner’s comments, Congressman Mike Honda felt compelled to act. A recent New York Times/CBS poll found broad support, over 65%, for the public option across the nation. But wait, did Boehner just talk some smack about garlic?

Congressman Honda represents California’s 15th District, which he says is rich not only in its support for the public option, but also rich in its garlic production. Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world, is home to the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.

To inform Mr. Boehner of his mistake, Congressman Honda hand-delivered him a basket of California garlic, and a limerick illustrating America’s desperate need for health care, and the public option:

Two things make for a strong healthy heart. Gilroy garlic, for one, a good start. Public option? Also high, In the American eye, 65 percent n’er want it to part.

Let’s hope the prospects of the public health insurance option are better than the doggerel.

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