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Speaker John Boehner probably never meant to end up being the face and voice of the Republican Party – but he’s the man in the room facing Obama so that’s how it is.
Last month, just before the House passed the Speaker’s bill to raise the debt ceiling until May, I asked an old friend who’s a long-time pollster, “Do you reckon the House Republicans are about to help or hurt themselves with voters?”
He shrugged and said, “It doesn’t matter.”
Then he explained the House Republicans’ problem isn’t issues like ‘Debt Ceilings’ it’s that voters see them as shallow, petty Washington politicians.
Now, if the pollster’s right that’s bad news – because when character rears its head in a political fight it’s usually deadly. Ask Newt Gingrich. Or Herman Cain. Or remember Richard Nixon.
And it’s a safe bet Obama knows nailing Republican Congressmen as Washington politicians is about as good a way as any for his new Super-Nonprofit to elect a Democratic House Majority next election.
So what can Speaker Boehner do?
Well, if it’s just a plain simple fact and true that House Republicans have become died-in-the-wool Washington politicians – there’s not much he can do. Obama won’t allow him to escape the facts. And the only cure for bone-deep sinning lies beyond politics in the realms of repentance and Grace.
And even if it’s not true Boehner still faces a tough job – because serving as Speaker while proving to voters he (and fellow House Republicans) are not Washington politicians is one tall order.


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3 comments on “The Sooner the Better

  1. clarence swinney says:

    NBC Golf channel has made a career on it.
    They predict a Suspend on it.
    Wrong. Reprimand would be proper.
    He did nothing wrong intentionally.
    He took a material which included several substances one of which was illegal.
    He did not know it.
    He made a goof.
    Reprimand to assure no repeat.

  2. dap916 says:

    The democrats along with the vast majority of the mainstream media have been successful in painting the republican contingent within the legislature as “the problem” in getting things done in Washington. Republicans have a small government agenda. They have an agenda to reduce taxes. They have an agenda to run a balanced national budget and to reduce our national debt. And, because of that, they fight against everything and anything that the democrats present to grow government and to increase taxes and to continue to increase the national debt. Today, that’s unpopular because all of those things are seen as what is necessary to continue our current path of “helping” everyone and anyone in America that have every kind of “problem” imaginable in their lives. Boehner is seen as the leader of the republicans that are depicted as having a “war” on the poor…on minorities…on women…on children…on education…on immigration…the list goes on. And, it’s a winning strategy by the democrats and their supporters in the media. Republicans can do 5 things right and 1 thing wrong and the 1 thing wrong will make it to the headlines. Democrats know this and love it. Republicans know this and have no way to stop it. It’s just the case. It’s just a fact. It’s just that simple.

    Bashing Boehner isn’t how republicans should be reacting. But, that IS how we’re reacting in just so many cases because right now, that seems to be politically popular. No, I’m not a great big Boehner supporter. I hate some of the moves he’s made to thwart the teaparty conservative element and the constitutional conservative element within our party and within the legislative unit in D.C. But, I think he is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    The elements within the republican party that Boehner has a problem with need to get together and then get with him to strike up a union ALL republicans can support and work for. Without that union…that bond…we’re going to spend more time fighting among ourselves than we spend fighting our true opponents.

  3. Carbine says:

    This country is not as stupid as last November’s returns made us out to be. The people will not put up with this chronically stagnant Obama economy forever. Like generals constantly fighting the last war, politicos like Gary and Carter can’t imagine that the next election will be anything but a redux of the previous one. But history shows that in politics that’s not how it works. Ideas can trump demographics. That is how this majority white country wound up electing a black president. Those ideas have demonstrably failed, and the winners of the next election will be those whose ideas appeal to the mood of an anxious, un-and-underemployed electorate tired of watching their net worth and future prospects dwindle year after year.

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