Skip to comments.Now he tells us: Boehner wants less government
Posted on 11/09/2008 5:05:13 PM PST by counterpunch
In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday, U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote that Republicans need to "rebuild our party by fighting for the principles of freedom, opportunity, security and individual liberty."
Boehner wrote that during an Obama presidency, Republicans will "stand firmly against policies that violate our principles." If only more Republicans had stood firm when their own leadership pushed policies that violated their principles, the party might be enjoying its eighth consecutive electoral victory instead of its second consecutive shellacking.
Also on Friday, Boehner's predecessor, former Majority Leader Dick Armey, wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "today there is a categorical difference between what Republicans stand for and the principles of individual freedom." Truer words have never been spoken.
Armey's conclusion: Returning the party to its principles "will require a new generation of leadership, the sooner the better."
Amen to that. The people make the party. For Republicans, it's time for people of principle and character to take this once grand party back.
The numbers are just staggering. It is insane for the Republican to keep John Boner as House GOP leader after these historic back-to-back losses. It is time to STOP THE INSANITY NOW! John Boner cannot lead the Republican party, and so long as he does, it will continue to drift in the wind.
Under Boner, the Republicans have lost the faith of the American people. No longer are they trusted as the party of smaller government, less spending, and high ethical standards. Neither the reality nor the perception will change until the old rudderless Republican leadership is replaced by a new generation of bold, limited government Conservatives.
The people like Boner who lead the GOP into the political wilderness are not the people to lead them out!
It is time for a new generation to take over. It is time for Mike Pence, Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, and Paul Ryan to step up and take the GOP and the nation back on the right track.
We need new leaders. Plain and simple.
Then we must rise up and let our Representatives know with loud, clear voices.
Boner lost it when he backed the bailout and when it didn’t pass the first time, he said it was because Pelosi’s speech switched votes. That made republicans look like crybabies.
So do I. Governmnet less one Senator - Mr. Boner.
Hasta La Vista Boehner, you LOSER!!!
Boner is a Representative, not a Senator.
That aside, I concur with your sentiment.
Excellent post! No one whose state voted for Obama should be given a leadership post. Just making that rule would help keep GOP politicians on the straight and narrow and make them work a lot harder to please the conservatives in the party.
that’s not fair. that would take out paul ryan (wisconsin), Mike pence (indiana) and eric cantor (virginia)
Well that would rule out Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and for a while, it looked like Mike Pence too.
I neither like, nor trust this guy. I bet he’ll be right out in the forefront fighting for taxpayer funded welfare for the Detroit auto companies.
Boehner needs to go. He had his chance. Bring in Paul Ryan.
Indiana has swung in McCain’s favor. He now leads by 100,000 votes in the semi-official count.
The Drive-Bys haven’t bothered updating their election maps, though.
Former Majority Leader Dick Armey was such a great leader in 1993 opposition, he was such a hero.
Leave, Boehner. Follow Putnam & Blunt’s examples and go.
He spends a lot of time on the golf course.
In Japanese society, this would be a no brainer. The leader of the losing party would automatically take responsibility and do the right thing. I’m not asking Boehner to commit Hari Kari, but he needs to take one for the team and step aside and allow new blood to give it a go.
Burn the big tent, tell the RINOs the circus left town....walk home.
Navy rules needed. Run the ship aground, you’re finished. We are so far up on the rocks it isn’t funny.
How about less Boehner?
Boner’s taken over what? There’s no leadership.
Boner’s a stiff.
Sure, he’s for smaller government. that’s why he opposed the bailout..oh, right, that was Pence.
STEP DOWN BOEHNER
Ever notice those smooth hair types Boehner and the ex-senator from Mississippi.... nitwits...
F**k you Boeher. You were quiet during the election because you didn’t want the fallout. But now that it doesn’t matter, you want to talk tough.
Again - f**k you...
I think he just doesn’t want to take on Boehner. But if we can apply enough pressure to oust Boehner, I think Ryan would then agree to pursue it.
Down, Boner, Down!
Mr. Boehner you have demonstrated that you are not up to the job. Thank you for the work you have done previously, but of late you have come up lacking. Sit down and do as you are told. You and your generation have had you chance and look what we have wraught from your tenure.
Sorry, I keep refering to him as Senator. I know he is a Representative.
Is Boehner having a Palin moment, watching the crest of the new wave? Boehner, you swamped yourself and your country club compatriots long ago. You have no credibility with conservatives, certainly libs don’t care, and moderates have already pitched their tent with Obama. You guys were ssoooooo convincing. You missed the wave fellow and its time to wax your surfboard elsewhere.
Not surprising ... pretty boys
As far as I’m concerned so long as people like Boehner and McConnell retain the leadership of the party, I remain in opposition to the party. For any of us to take a step of faith and believe you might finally start to get it, would require a rolls of heads first. Oh, and not just that. Cantor’s speech of getting along with Obama...screw that. He’s on a short lease anyway for approving that bailout.
We not only need a change of leadership but a change in attitude. People can say whatever they like about Delay, he took prisoners. We need a conservaive Hammer in both chambers. Nothing less.
The GOP House leadership must be cleaned out...Boner is a chicken*hit
“thats not fair. that would take out paul ryan (wisconsin), Mike pence (indiana) and eric cantor (virginia)”
I go with John Kyl!
You can’t hold congressmen (who represent DISTRICTS) responsible for how entire states vote. Geesh.
Memo to Mr. Boehner:
Where ya been, dude?
If you want to be out front of THIS party, you’d better start running.
These are the guys who broke the contract with America and now they are worried about their jobs?
Mr. Boehner doesn't want to get out in front of THIS party. He needs to start hiding.
Boehner wants less government : Conservatives want less Boehner
While you are technically correct, people look at congress and see Republicans, Democrats and Washington. What someone did for their district no one except that district cares. Its what they did for the nation that everyone sees and judges. That aside, how effective has Boehner been resisting Democrats when he had some healthy numbers? How the hell will be more effective now?