July 29, 2011 |
For the first six months of 2011, John Boehner was remarkably sure-footed in the high-wire act that is serving as the speaker of the (whole) House. But he stumbled — badly — this past week when he couldn't find the votes to pass his own debt-ceiling compromise bill Thursday night as the whole world watched. Boehner had maintained for days that while he didn't have the 217 "ayes" he needed to pass the bill yet, he would get them. But, robbed of the usual persuasion tactics on a tough vote — a bridge...
December 22, 2011 |
When he announced his first major piece of legislation in early February, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) also faced his first rebellion. The government funding bill did not cut enough spending, rank-and-file Republicans protested, with the enormous freshman class leading the revolt. Rather than tamp down the complaints, Boehner ordered his lieutenants to rewrite the bill. It's an exercise that Boehner has repeated throughout his first year holding the speaker's gavel as...
January 4, 2013 |
In the end, it was the coup that wasn't. In a supposed nail-biter of a roll call vote Thursday, John Boehner was re-elected to be Speaker of the House with 220 votes. Twelve Republicans chose to abstain, vote present, or name an alternative. The people they selected ranged from other party leaders who clearly didn't want the job (Majority Leader Eric Cantor shook his head when he received three votes) to former representatives who couldn't even win re-election...
May 19, 2011 |
The freshman representative stood in front of a throng of puzzled-looking Republican congressmen. Their leader, John Boehner , had surprised the newcomer moments earlier by asking him to address a 2009 party retreat on how he had knocked off a Republican congressman in a primary . The freshman, a hard-charging Utah conservative named Jason Chaffetz , looked out at his new colleagues and said the first thing that came to his mind. "I am your worst...
March 13, 2008
Previous convictions and guilty pleas: Kristi Willis, $168,402, Doggett for Congress (Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Tex.), 1999-2004. Earl Allen Haywood, $174,725, Dole North Carolina Victory Committee (Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.), 2002-2003. Russell Roberts, $617,562, Friends of John Boehner (Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio), 1994-2003. Lydia Meuret, $119,021, American Dream PAC ( former congressman Henry Bonilla, R-Tex.), 1999-2002. Roger Chiang, $360,475, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 2004.
March 14, 2013
Regarding the March 10 editorial " A grand bargain on the menu ": It may take more than an "asparagus marmalade" to woo the Republicans to consensus. Recall how for the past five years (including the 2008 campaign) Republicans were told all their babies were ugly. The jamming-through of the early Pelosi-Obama agenda is the main reason for the rise of an opposition tea party, which now stops the Republicans from moving forward. The nation has divided and sunk, spiritually and fiscally.