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Dems Unlikely to Target Boehner in 2014 Messaging (Democrats protect their handmaiden!)
realclearpolitics.com ^ | 6/24/13 | Caitlin Huey-Burns

Posted on 06/24/2013 5:30:44 AM PDT by cotton1706

It's no secret that Democrats consider John Boehner an ineffective speaker of the House. He is unable to control his restive brood, as evidenced most recently by last week's surprise implosion of the Farm Bill on the House floor. On budget issues, Boehner has been hamstrung in his negotiations with the White House by members with Tea Party leanings. And he has all but acknowledged being forced to waste precious legislative time catering to social conservatives who want to cast symbolic votes on everything from abortion to Obamacare.

If Boehner were a woman, his predecessor Nancy Pelosi has said, he would be considered “the weakest speaker in history.”

So as the two political parties gear up for the 2014 midterms, it would seem natural in today’s polarized environment that Democrats are eager to make Boehner a household word -- and not in a good way. But interviews with several liberal strategists suggest that Democrats aren’t planning to demonize Boehner -- or even to campaign against him at all.

Republicans spent millions of dollars doing just that with Pelosi through virtually every medium at their disposal in the 2010 elections. Midterms typically serve as a referendum on the president, but that one was also a check on then-Speaker Pelosi, a top Obama cheerleader who shepherded his signature achievement, health care reform, through the House. For Republicans, she was a symbol of what was wrong in Washington. She proved to be a liability for some of her members in congressional races, and voters gave the GOP control of the House.

But for several reasons, Boehner won’t be same sort of albatross for Republicans. And Democrats don’t want him to be.

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To: cotton1706
"It's no secret that Democrats consider John Boehner an ineffective speaker of the House."

I hate it when Democrats are right.

"He is unable to control his restive brood, as evidenced most recently by last week's surprise implosion of the Farm Bill on the House floor."

You mean the one that only 24 Dems voted for and 172 opposed, and that's the fault of House Republicans? THAT farm bill?

21 posted on 06/24/2013 7:04:44 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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