Just when you thought you had seen every possible connection to the royal wedding, Democrats in Washington have brought something new to the table.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — a group that focuses on getting Democrats elected to the U.S. House of Representatives — launched the website roilwedding.com this week, which includes a mock invitation to a mock wedding between the oil industry and Republicans. Of course, the stunt was planned to capitalize on all the excitement surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton’s actual wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
In the group's wedding invitation, a picture of John Boehner is Photoshopped on the body of a cartoon dress, next to text that reads “Please join special guest Speaker John Boehner in celebrating the sacred and lasting union between the Republican Party and Big Oil.” The mock invite goes on to say that in lieu of gifts, cooperate tax breaks can be sent to the happy couple, “at the expense of middle class Americans.”
The targeting of Boehner is interesting, as the speaker said earlier in the week that he would be open to eliminating some oil industry tax breaks. The speaker was reported to have, “quickly walked back from those comments.” But by the time Democrats heard what he said, they moved into action.
In a letter to leadership of both parties, President Barack Obama wrote, “I was heartened that Speaker Boehner [Monday] expressed openness to eliminating these tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Our political system has for too long avoided and ignored this important step, and I hope we can come together in a bipartisan manner to get it done."
But, in the time between Monday’s comments from Boehner and Friday’s royal wedding, we were back to politics as usual and the tones of cooperation had changed back into stunts to lampoon the opposition.