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February 03, 2006

Boehner -- next chapter in same old book?

So the R's went with John Boehner as their new majority leader in the House of Representatives. I'll skip pontificating about What It All Means in favor of pointing to some pertinent facts.

Start with his official biography, from his congressional website. It is, well, an official biography. He's a saint.

Next, stop by Open Secrets.org for that money-watching outfit's Boehner info section. Besides his campaign fund, there's data from The Freedom Project, the "leadership pac" he uses to help GOP house candidates.

Vote Smart.Org has more money info, plus details on his positions and which sectors support/oppose him.

Here's a couple of major media stories, from
The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Don't know that his elevation means the GOP will take effective action to clean up the influence-peddling mess made by former majority leader Tom DeLay and friends. Maybe yes, maybe no.

It's particularly important in this case to follow the adage to "watch what he does, not what he says." Do that, and you'll know soon enough if he's the guy that's needed, or just the next chapter in same old book.

Posted by jcb at February 3, 2006 09:39 PM


Posted by: TID at February 4, 2006 05:23 AM

I'm no Republican insider, but I do know that Boehner wasn't the first choice of the "reform" wing of the Republicans. Boehner was the compromise candidate. I do hope that the same right-wing bloggers who sank Harriet Miers judicial nomination will keep Boehner's feet to the fire concerning lobbyist reform and out- of- control- big- government spending.

The Democrats have made it clear that they have no policy or principles---and they don't want any either---it might scare voters. Let's hope the Republicans will be able to live up to their principles.

Of course, I would call and email my Congressperson and Senators to hold their feet to the fire to return to conservative values----except they're all Democrats. Oh well. Maybe I should just ask them to dig up more Republican scandals, since it appears that is the Democrat strategy for winning elections.

Hey! Here's a new Democrat campaign sound bite: Vote for us! We'll figure out what to do after we're elected. Sounds like a winner to me!

Posted by: paladin at February 4, 2006 02:40 PM