In a story headlined "Five questions on the debt-ceiling debate," Washington Post writer Alec MacGillis seemed to call out Speaker John Boehner on his smoking habits. In question-and-answer format, the article analyzes and explains the debt-ceiling problem swallowing up Washington. Simple enough. But then there's this:
Who is calling the shots on the Republican side?
Unclear. Republicans’ lock-step unity against Obama on issues like the economic stimulus package and health-care reform has given way to disarray. Boehner, the chain-smoking House veteran from the Cincinnati suburbs, seemed genuinely interested in striking a historic deal.
We reached out to MacGillis for clarification on how debt talks and chain-smoking are related. In an e-mail, he told THE BLAZE :
[J]ust giving a little color to an otherwise sober policy piece and giving readers a small sense of who these guys are - Boehner's a dealmaker, Cantor's a telegenic striver, and McConnell's a tactician. I also mentioned Boehner's golfplaying with Obama but then cut it for space.