View Full Version : John Boehner struggles to keep up with base

09-17-2009, 10:30 PM
" Joe Wilson refuses to apologize to the House so RINO House Minority Leader John Boehner has to give up or lose control !"

House Minority Leader John Boehner spent much of last week trying to persuade a stubborn Rep. Joe Wilson to apologize to the House — telling associates he needed to “get to” Wilson before the weekend to elicit an apology.

But as the days dragged on, Boehner had to back off: Wilson’s spine was stiffened by $1.5 million in campaign contributions, the Democrats’ anti-Wilson rhetoric had become increasingly extreme, and the South Carolina Republican was rapidly accumulating support from the conference’s dominant right wing.

“At some point, he realized he had no choice but to get behind Wilson because that’s where his conference was going — and he was just so angry that the Democrats had pushed this thing so far,” said a GOP aide with knowledge of the situation.

Like a surfer riding the heavy waves before a hurricane, Boehner, a conservative with a penchant for compromise(RINO), has spent the past few months trying to harness the anger of the GOP base without allowing his conference to veer too far to the right.

But never were the strains of that balancing act more apparent than during the Wilson vote, as the Ohio Republican tried to juggle his commitment to bipartisan civility with his responsibility to a besieged member of his conference.

“It’s very hard these days to be a leader like John Boehner who tries to find the middle ground,” said former Connecticut Republican Rep. Chris Shays, one of the last Northeastern moderates, who was beaten by Democrat Jim Himes last year.

“He’s a conservative, but he’s less conservative than his base(RINO),” Shays added. “And he’s got to lead a party that has been so battered and beaten that it’s incredibly angry — angry at what’s going on in the country, angry at the way it’s being treated by the majority.”

On Tuesday, Boehner — who had worked with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to avoid an ugly confrontation over Wilson’s “resolution of disapproval” — took to the floor to accuse the Democrats of a “publicity stunt” in pushing for a Wilson reprimand. But many observers, including Republicans, noted that the leader, a wise-cracking chain smoker who sometimes finds it hard to mask his emotions, seemed just as disgusted with Wilson, making little eye contact with the man he was supposed to be defending.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said his boss has no conflict with Wilson — and that the House GOP’s complaints about President Barack Obama’s programs represent the concerns of the wider public and not just conservatives.

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Constitutionally Speaking
09-17-2009, 10:48 PM
My wife and I both called Boener and voiced our displeasure at asking him to apologize.

We both also chastised him for not standing up for conservatives and just letting them hang out to dry.

09-17-2009, 10:57 PM
What the hell is the matter with this idiot. Appeasement and bi-partisanship have gotten the Repubs ass kicked over and over and over. Starting with Reagan, Nixon, daddy Bush and Jr, it looks like these dummies will never learn. I am for getting rid of most of the suckers in the Repub. party. They just piss me off with their ignorance.

09-17-2009, 11:03 PM
At least Meaghen McCain has learned to STFU.

09-17-2009, 11:41 PM
At least Meaghen McCain has learned to STFU.
Her old man is the worst of the bunch .At least that old fraud Spector has finally disclosed his true colors.

Those of the moderate (liberal) Conservatives who compromise with these liberal swine deserve nothing from the real conservatives.

The Hardcore Liberal/Maoists love to diddle these wishy washy pseudo conservatives like McCain.Case in point Kennedy and McCain,Feingold
and McCain.McCain never met a liberal who he wouldn't compromise our conservative values with.