Personally, I don’t like weepy leadership. It isn’t effective. If Winston Churchill gave his famous “We will fight in the hills” speech while welling up with tears, the message sent would have changed dramatically. What if General Patton would have said, “An army is a team. It eats, sleeps, fights and cries as a team”? What if President Truman’s nickname was “Give ‘em sobbing, Harry”?
House Minority Leader John Boehner joined the pantheon of weepy politicians when he got misty (video & story here) while angered about Democrat resistance to the Iraq spending bill.
Boehner did say one telling thing, whether or not he knows it: “I didn’t come here to be a congressman — I came here to do something.”
Doing “something” is generally the problem. If a politicians ever tells me he wants to go to Washington to do nothing, then I might vote for him.