11/02/2010 07:34 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Paul Begala: Is America Ready For An Orange Speaker? (VIDEO)

CNN contributor Paul Begala cracked a joke about John Boehner's tan early in CNN's election coverage Tuesday night.

"2008 answered the question, Is America ready for a black president?" Begala said. "In 2010 we'll answer are we ready for an orange speaker?"

Boehner, who will become Speaker of the House if the Republicans win the House majority*, is often mocked for his deep tan. He has denied ever fake-tanning or using a tanning product.


*UPDATE Several news outlets have now projected that the Republicans will win control of the House.