Community News Network

October 18, 2013

Who had the worst week in Washington? John Boehner

WASHINGTON — "I got overrun, that's what happened."

That was House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, explaining to President Barack Obama how he wound up at the head of a party that pushed the government into a two-week-plus shutdown amid an ideological scuffle over the Affordable Care Act, according to a behind-the-scenes report in Politico.

Boehner emerged - once again - as a tragic figure this past week as he tried to lead his party to water only to realize - once again - that it would rather go thirsty.

Sensing that the compromise being brokered by the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling was going to be well short of what House Republicans wanted, Boehner rolled out a proposal Tuesday morning that would have, among other things, eliminated the employer contribution for congressional staffers under the health-care law - a move that would have allowed House Republicans to declare a minor victory in the shutdown.

It turned out that they didn't want even that win. After Boehner spent a full day lobbying his conference to back the bill and promising a vote by late Tuesday, the legislation was pulled from the Rules Committee in the late afternoon, and the leadership admitted defeat.

That left the speaker with one option: to bring the deal worked out by the Senate to the House floor for a vote, the very scenario he had been hoping to avoid. The legislation that ended the shutdown and raised the federal debt limit passed with just 87 Republicans voting for it - the fourth time in 2013 that Boehner has brought a major bill to the floor that was approved with a minority of Republican votes.

It wasn't all bad news for the speaker. His consistent support for the tea party conservatives' desire to defund or delay Obamacare over the past month strengthened his hand among the four dozen or so lawmakers who had long been restless under his leadership. But that was a small victory in a larger war that Boehner lost.

John Boehner, for getting run over by your party, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

         

 

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 30, 2014

  • Survey results in legislation to battle sexual assault on campus

    Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joined a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to announce legislation that aims to reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

    July 30, 2014

  • An alarming threat to airlines that no one's talking about

    It's been an abysmal year for the flying public. Planes have crashed in bad weather, disappeared over the Indian Ocean and tragically crossed paths with anti-aircraft missiles over Ukraine.

    July 30, 2014

  • Sharknado.jpg Sharknado 2 set to attack viewers tonight

    In the face of another "Sharknado" TV movie (the even-more-inane "Sharknado 2: The Second One," premiering Wednesday night on Syfy), there isn't much for a critic to say except to echo what the characters themselves so frequently scream when confronted by a great white shark spinning toward them in a funnel cloud:
    "LOOK OUT!!"

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140729-AMX-GIVHAN292.jpg Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but promised magic is elusive

    The Spanx empire of stomach-flattening, thigh-slimming, jiggle-reducing foundation garments has expanded to include what the brand promises is the mother of all body-shaping miracles: Spanx jeans.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

    Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.

    July 29, 2014

  • linda-ronstadt.jpg Obama had crush on First Lady of Rock

    Linda Ronstadt remained composed as she walked up to claim her National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014