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Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: tea party, republicans, dishonesty, ethics, democrats, congress, obama, politics, news, usa )

Cal
- 385 days ago - npr.org
To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.



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Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 4:14 am
That's politics, it's on both sides of the isle. Thing is, someone should make it easy to make the decisions that would improve the situation.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:32 am
No wonder Boehner looks so depressed most of the time. Hope he recovers when he retires. On the other hand, the harm that he has done to his country may haunt him until he dies. One cannot help but feel sorry for him.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:45 am
I have NO respect for this man...NONE!
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:53 am
I have no respect for any of them regardless of party.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:12 am
I do not feel sorry for Agent Orange - this is the life he has chosen and the decisions he has made and is making are all this own doing.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:59 am
Thank you for the article. Like John McCain, Boehner would sell his soul to the devil to keep his giant gavel and his position of power. He is revolting.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:25 am
If Boehner is so afraid for his job that he allows a handful of extorsionists to tell him what to do, then he is NOT the Speaker--they are--and he doesn't deserve the job. Problem is, if he is forced out, he will be replaced by an even worse extremist like Cantor. If that happens, we can kiss good-bye any pretense of majority rule, and the government may as well--and probably wiil--be shut down until the next election. Assuming the Tea Baggers and Koch brothers permit another election.
 

Winn Adams (194)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:53 am
Vote all republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity. They have become radicalized by the Tea Party and are crippling America.
 

Jason R. (61)
Friday October 4, 2013, 1:48 pm
It's nothing short of an inside coup. These people are criminals and Boener is an accessory to it.
 

Birgit W. (147)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:22 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Karin Abraham (27)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:48 pm
Read, noted and read these replies. I just hope that in the next election, people remember what these 30 people have done to our country. They are a danger to our democracy. And if they refuse to allow the country to get the loans to pay our bills? I shudder to think of what THOSE consequences will be. 30 people should NOT have so much power!
 

Esther Z. (96)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:44 pm
Noted.
To me, the question is, who are these 30 congressmen really representing? I don't believe they're representing their constituents, as much as they are puppets for corporations, the Koch billionaires and the rest of the 1%. That's truly scary!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:21 pm
I too read the article and replies. I agree with Karin that I hope that the next ones elected into the future seats are ones who can work to prevent these type of problems we are facing now. I have mentioned repeatedly, that these clowns should be forced to work, without pay, on the current problems they are currently facing. They have no right, doing what they have done, to make so many people suffer all over the states. Thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:42 pm
Esther: They do indeed represent their constituents. For the last few years state legislatures in red states have been feverishly gerrymandering congressional districts so that as many as possible are overwhelmingly filled with white, rural conservatives who will vote for Tea Baggers, guaranteeing that these Tea Party terrorists will hold House seats for many years to come. Obviously, gerrymandering can't give the Tea Party anything even near a majority, but as we have already seen, they can easily control mainstream Republicans through political extortion and intimidation. Just a few of these people have managed to virtually paralize the government since 2010. Don't expect things to change until real Republicans finally grow some cajones and take back control of their own party, which won't happen as long as cowards like Boehner are in powerful positions.
 

Katie D. (89)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:54 pm
We believe these 30 have defamed theirself! Be a while before they will trusted again. They are so Off the Wall ! They talk in circles. Repubs and Teaers will have problems at the POLLS!! There are a lot of voter;s out there that when it affects them it means something, babies without food, no meals for Seniors once a day.Much more. How can they turn their back on their JOB!?? .People will open their eyes now!! We got an e-Mail that said to "Shut down the Shut down" E-mail your Senator the answer back was 'We are closed" this was on the 4th.
Thank You
 

Susan Allen (218)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:43 pm
I agree with others here that these 30 tea baggers will be going nowhere soon and I think we can expect more of them in future elections. These 30 belong to the extremely wealthy who bought and paid for them. They have unlimited wealth and no scruples and they will buy some more. While most of us were concentrating on the federal elections, the Koch brothers and others were concentrating on state legislatures around the the country that they could buy and control. This country and it's government are in a mess and unfortunately that can have devastating consequences for more than just the US. Noted and shared.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 10:51 am
One word...............BULLIES
he has caved in like many do to bullying,and that's the long and short of it
thanks Cal
 

Karen Chestney (109)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:17 pm
Thanks. SO---- it's pretty much a matter of whether or not Mr. Speaker will "grow a pair" !!!
 

. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:08 am
On a very simple level, the closing of most of the American federal government can be pinned on the ambitions of one man, Speaker of the House John Boehner.
There is little doubt that Mr Boehner, a Republican, could whenever he wants gather enough votes from moderate Republicans and most all Democrats to reopen the government. But the Republican caucus would swiftly dethrone him. Mr Boehner is holding the government hostage to his career aspirations.
This Congress is held in the lowest public esteem since the invention of public opinion polls.Boehner has relinquished control of the Republican policy agenda to the party's most ideological faction.
 
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