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Now he tells us: Boehner wants less government
The Union Leader, NH ^ | Nov. 9, 2008 | The Union Leader

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."

You think?

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.


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KEYWORDS: 110th; bho2008; boehner; boner; limitedgovernment; standdownboner
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Since Boner took over the leadership from Tom DeLay on February 3, 2006, Republicans have lost 20% of their seats in the House. That makes the stock market a better investment than John Boner over the past three years.

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.

1 posted on 11/09/2008 5:05:13 PM PST by counterpunch
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To: counterpunch

We need new leaders. Plain and simple.


2 posted on 11/09/2008 5:05:51 PM PST by Klepto
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To: Klepto

Then we must rise up and let our Representatives know with loud, clear voices.


3 posted on 11/09/2008 5:07:42 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: counterpunch

Agreed.


4 posted on 11/09/2008 5:08:48 PM PST by Klepto
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To: counterpunch

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.


6 posted on 11/09/2008 5:09:46 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: counterpunch

So do I. Governmnet less one Senator - Mr. Boner.

Hasta La Vista Boehner, you LOSER!!!


7 posted on 11/09/2008 5:09:46 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Klepto
I may take the GOP seriously again if they toss the present leadership (Boehner, Blunt, RNC, NRCC & NRSC) straight into the dumpster where they belong.
8 posted on 11/09/2008 5:10:01 PM PST by Czar ((Still Fed Up to the Teeth with Washington))
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To: ZULU

Boner is a Representative, not a Senator.
That aside, I concur with your sentiment.


9 posted on 11/09/2008 5:10:25 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: counterpunch

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.


10 posted on 11/09/2008 5:10:25 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib

that’s not fair. that would take out paul ryan (wisconsin), Mike pence (indiana) and eric cantor (virginia)


11 posted on 11/09/2008 5:12:31 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: kittymyrib

Well that would rule out Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and for a while, it looked like Mike Pence too.


12 posted on 11/09/2008 5:13:33 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: counterpunch
n 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."

Forget it John. The party is toast. The GOP would have no need to "rebuild" the party if party leaders hadn't capitulated to socialists in order to expand the voter base at the expense of Conservatism. The fact is they chose the socialist path.
13 posted on 11/09/2008 5:13:38 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: counterpunch

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.


14 posted on 11/09/2008 5:13:52 PM PST by jpl (Does anybody have seven hundred billion dollars I can borrow?)
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To: counterpunch

Boehner needs to go. He had his chance. Bring in Paul Ryan.


15 posted on 11/09/2008 5:14:20 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: ari-freedom

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.


16 posted on 11/09/2008 5:14:55 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: counterpunch

Former Majority Leader Dick Armey was such a great leader in 1993 opposition, he was such a hero.


17 posted on 11/09/2008 5:15:17 PM PST by sickoflibs ( Those who don't learn from (real big) mistakes are losers forever)
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To: counterpunch

Leave, Boehner. Follow Putnam & Blunt’s examples and go.


18 posted on 11/09/2008 5:16:19 PM PST by americanophile
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To: bamahead

ping


19 posted on 11/09/2008 5:16:27 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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Unfortunately, Ryan appears to have taken himself out of the running.
He has declined to run for Minority Leader twice in two days.

Perhaps if there is enough public outcry, he can be convinced to change his mind.
 
21 posted on 11/09/2008 5:17:17 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: clyde12

He spends a lot of time on the golf course.


22 posted on 11/09/2008 5:17:59 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: counterpunch

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.


23 posted on 11/09/2008 5:18:12 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: counterpunch
Boehner...seems to be getting the same desk-side service as Newt.

Burn the big tent, tell the RINOs the circus left town....walk home.

24 posted on 11/09/2008 5:18:19 PM PST by pointsal
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To: counterpunch

Navy rules needed. Run the ship aground, you’re finished. We are so far up on the rocks it isn’t funny.


25 posted on 11/09/2008 5:18:48 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Jimmah Carter cubed. Obama, the only man in America who can make Hillary Clinton look good.)
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To: counterpunch

How about less Boehner?


26 posted on 11/09/2008 5:18:58 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: counterpunch

Boner’s taken over what? There’s no leadership.

Boner’s a stiff.


27 posted on 11/09/2008 5:21:32 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (Democrats are for Change - Let's run through a mine field at night wearing clown shoes!)
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To: counterpunch

Sure, he’s for smaller government. that’s why he opposed the bailout..oh, right, that was Pence.

STEP DOWN BOEHNER


28 posted on 11/09/2008 5:22:26 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Gov. Sarah Palin '08 -- President Sarah Palin '12)
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To: clyde12

Ever notice those smooth hair types Boehner and the ex-senator from Mississippi.... nitwits...


29 posted on 11/09/2008 5:22:48 PM PST by pointsal
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To: counterpunch

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...


31 posted on 11/09/2008 5:22:54 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: counterpunch

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.


32 posted on 11/09/2008 5:23:58 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: Soul Seeker

Down, Boner, Down!


33 posted on 11/09/2008 5:24:39 PM PST by counterpunch ( Mike Pence for House Minority Leader. Now!)
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To: Klepto

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.


35 posted on 11/09/2008 5:25:03 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Time to expurgate the VICHY Republicans.)
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To: counterpunch

Sorry, I keep refering to him as Senator. I know he is a Representative.


36 posted on 11/09/2008 5:25:24 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: counterpunch

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.


37 posted on 11/09/2008 5:26:47 PM PST by trubolotta
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To: clyde12

Not surprising ... pretty boys


38 posted on 11/09/2008 5:27:03 PM PST by pointsal
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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.


39 posted on 11/09/2008 5:27:17 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Gov. Sarah Palin '08 -- President Sarah Palin '12)
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To: counterpunch

The GOP House leadership must be cleaned out...Boner is a chicken*hit


41 posted on 11/09/2008 5:29:24 PM PST by BlackjackPershing ("The great object is that every man be armed." Patrick Henry)
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To: ari-freedom

“that’s not fair. that would take out paul ryan (wisconsin), Mike pence (indiana) and eric cantor (virginia)”

I go with John Kyl!


42 posted on 11/09/2008 5:32:08 PM PST by dbacks (God help the USA.)
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To: kittymyrib

You can’t hold congressmen (who represent DISTRICTS) responsible for how entire states vote. Geesh.


44 posted on 11/09/2008 5:32:24 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: counterpunch

Memo to Mr. Boehner:
Where ya been, dude?

If you want to be out front of THIS party, you’d better start running.


45 posted on 11/09/2008 5:33:21 PM PST by Redbob (McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate)
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To: counterpunch

These are the guys who broke the contract with America and now they are worried about their jobs?


46 posted on 11/09/2008 5:38:03 PM PST by AndyJackson
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If you want to be out front of THIS party, you’d better start running.

Mr. Boehner doesn't want to get out in front of THIS party. He needs to start hiding.

47 posted on 11/09/2008 5:39:04 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: counterpunch
Boehner is a true Conservative, and not the country club politician you say he is. And his district voted heavy for McCain/Palin ticket. Boehner was instrumental in exposing and eliminating ACORN from the Bailout, or did you forget. I feel you are being unfair to Boehner. We should not be going around, willy nilly, spreading lies about people that we know nothing about.
48 posted on 11/09/2008 5:39:04 PM PST by timestax ( CNNLIES)
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To: counterpunch

Boehner wants less government : Conservatives want less Boehner


49 posted on 11/09/2008 5:39:19 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: PaleoBob

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?


50 posted on 11/09/2008 5:39:47 PM PST by trubolotta
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