John Boehner

Cromnibus Nearly Fails on Procedural Vote

Featured image It’s Keystone Kops in Washington, as John Boehner’s continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill nearly failed a procedural vote to bring it to the floor this morning. The tally was 214-212, and it took one Republican vote-switcher to avoid a colossal embarrassment for Speaker Boehner. The embarrassment is bad enough, as the vote on the rule is normally along party lines. All Democrats voted against the rule this morning, which I take »

7 Repubs, 5 Dems for Benghazi select committee

Featured image Politico reports that Speaker Boehner has decided on the partisan split of the Select Committee on Benghazi. It will be 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats. That’s a fair split given the Republicans’ majority status in the House. As Politico points out, there are very few House committees that are evenly split. The Ethics Committee is one. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi had demanded an even split of 6-6. She claimed that with »

Trey Gowdy, not your father’s investigation committee chairman

Featured image Speaker Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor who has consistently impressed me (and, obviously, Boehner) during hearings before the Oversight Committee on Benghazi and the IRS. Gowdy breaks the mold for chairman of a big ticket investigative committee. The typical chairman is a stern but somewhat subdued father figure — think Sen. Inouye of Iran Contra fame »

Is John Boehner the village idiot?

Featured image No, but he sometimes plays the part. The question was prompted by this headline in today’s Washington Post: “Boehner says Obama must gain GOP trust on immigration.” In what universe could President Obama ever deserve Republican trust on any issue? Boehner knows that no such universe exists. But by focusing on the issue of trust, Boehner puts himself in a win-win situation from his prospective. If Obama doesn’t undertake any »

A window into the White House’s view of House Republicans

Featured image John Podesta, who is about to join the Obama administration as a top adviser, should fit right in. In an interview with Politico, Podesta stated that the White House “need[s] to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.” Jonestown — an avowedly leftist enterprise — was where followers of James »

Boehner’s blast

Featured image John Boehner sent something of a mixed message to the outside groups he decried at the press conference on the budget deal this past week. He actually said this: “They pushed us into this fight to defund Obamacare and to shut down the government. Most of you know, my members know, that wasn’t exactly the strategy I had in mind.” I believe that can be interpreted: I am weak! You »

Boehner’s weak attack on Conservative “outside” groups

Featured image Speaker Boehner has blasted conservative outside groups for their opposition to the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Presumably, his attack is aimed at such groups as Heritage Action, Freedom Works, and the Club for Growth. Boehner claims that such groups “have lost all credibility.” Asked whether these groups should stand down, the Speaker responded, “I don’t care what they do.” The House leadership has also suggested that the outside groups are fighting »