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The Ascent of Boehner
Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2010 | Kathryn Lopez

Posted on 04/03/2010 3:55:51 AM PDT by Kaslin

When he finally voted for President Obama's health-care bill, "pro-life" Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., disappointed a lot of people, folks who believed that he really did want to ensure that the federal government wouldn't compel taxpayer funding of abortion. A number of pro-life groups' plans to honor Stupak for his initial efforts against the bill were canceled. One of these groups ought to, before long, turn around and give a defender-of-life award to the man who could be the next speaker of the House of Representatives, House minority leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

I spend a fair amount of time among conservatives and pro-life activists. In their company, Boehner's name rarely comes up. For some it's a distrust of those in power that keeps them from embracing him. For some it's his style, his look and feel. But the fact of the matter is that Boehner managed to hold his caucus together on the health-care vote, and on other matters, he's kept the pro-choice crowd and its cronies on the ruling left in check -- as much as a minority leader can. He's also got a solid record of doing all kinds of things that are popular right now; for example, he's never taken an earmark in his life.

In a speech to a conservative audience this winter, Boehner insisted that Republicans in the House wouldn't "bend on ... the issue of the sanctity of life." He explained: "In November, Republican lawmakers joined with some Democrat lawmakers to stop them from using any federal taxpayer funds ... to provide for abortions in America. ... We got some flak for working with the other side." But this is what you call principled leadership. Even though he hated the bill, if it were going to pass, he wanted taxpayer funding of abortion to be no part of it. After Stupak's abortion-protection language was included in the House bill before its passage last year, Boehner went to the House floor three times and asked Democratic committee chairmen Charlie Rangel, Henry Waxman, and George Miller to pledge to support it when the time came for conference negotiations with the Senate. Because abortion was a priority of theirs, they would not. (Too bad that Stupak, wanting the bill to pass, didn't feel as strongly about the sanctity of the unborn when his leadership moment arrived.) Recalling what went down late last year, Boehner said: "When it comes to protecting the unborn, we'll take the votes wherever we can get them ... We did the right thing for the right reasons. And we're showing ... the American people that there's a clear difference between the two parties."

The difference became abundantly clear one night in March when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seemingly unsure if she had the votes for the president's health-care bill, called Stupak in and asked him what he needed to support the bill. He reportedly still wanted measures in the bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion and protect the consciences of medical personnel opposed to abortion. The "pro-choice" caucus in the House -- led by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., a radical feminist leader in the party of death -- would have none of it.

Boehner, on the other hand, not only did his job and kept to his word, but also confronted the president of the United States and other leaders of the Democratic Party who consistently lied about the abortion content in the legislation they've now passed. At the White House summit on health care, Boehner said: "For 30 years, we've had a federal law that says that we're not going to have taxpayer funding of abortions. We've had this debate in the House ... And the House upheld the language we have had in law for 30 years, that there will be no taxpayer funding of abortions. This bill that we have before us ... for the first time in 30 years allows for the taxpayer funding of abortions."

He went on to continue to make the case that he and his Republican colleagues had consistently made: Let's start again. Let's work together, for real. Let's make sure there's no abortion in this bill.

Well, that didn't happen. But Boehner put up a fight. And if the Democrats lose seats, as expected, in November, he may actually be able to provide a much more powerful opposition to the White House. He's been a consistent leader for life, when it has truly counted. There's every indication he will continue his fight. Instead of complaining that Republicans don't talk more about the issue, those who believe that the sanctity of unborn human life is a central human-rights issue of our day should thank John Boehner -- who has a zero rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, an arm of the abortion industry, and a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. In the face of all the powerful figures and influences arrayed against Boehner and a culture of life, it's the right thing to do.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 111th; abortion; boehner; ohio; prodeath; prolife

1 posted on 04/03/2010 3:55:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I still think of Boehner as being a hack.


2 posted on 04/03/2010 4:25:42 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Kaslin
Boehner’s name rarely comes up.

Because he has not had an original thought in his life. Please, someone point out where John has wowed anyone with a vision. John is a nice guy, poor orator and no leader and he's my congressman.

Pence, Ryan, Cantor, to name a few.

3 posted on 04/03/2010 4:30:45 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 165)
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To: Nonstatist

The fake tan needs to go.


4 posted on 04/03/2010 4:31:21 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: Nonstatist

Good for him


5 posted on 04/03/2010 4:31:27 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Nonstatist

Yes, a conservative hack, we can do better.


6 posted on 04/03/2010 4:32:25 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 165)
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To: Kaslin

Boehner has shown ZERO (0) leadership to date. I pray that he is replaced with a principled and capable leader in the near future.


7 posted on 04/03/2010 4:56:06 AM PDT by J Edgar
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, but Ryan’s been the real a**kicker in the whole health care debate.


8 posted on 04/03/2010 5:06:24 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Recon Dad
I would have to disagree with you on oratory. Many times the knock on certain guys comes from the liberal press and it gets repeated enough that folks take it for gospel. Fact of the matter is that I watched him on the floor on many different occasions make his esteemed colleagues on the other side of the aisle look small. First was cap and trade opposition where he pressed parliamentary procedure to its stretching point and filibustered for as long as he could pointing out the idiocy of the Dems own bill (which they had not read). Next was the Gant chart (or whatever you want to call that thing) regarding the health bureaucracy that he slapped the Dems over the head with.

However, I do agree with you on Ryan, Cantor, and Pence. All three very solid with Ryan showing the potential to possibly be a solid presidential contender in the future. Don't throw Boehner of the side though. He has been giving the Dems fits the last two years. Tell your son Semper Fi!

9 posted on 04/03/2010 5:27:25 AM PDT by lt.america (My soul was removed to make room for all of this sarcasm)
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To: struggle

Don’t forget, it was Sarah Palin who first came out with her “Death Panels” comment that changed the dynamics of the issue and put MAO-bama on defense...albeit temporarily until the pseudo prolife rats voted for it..


10 posted on 04/03/2010 5:31:50 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: lt.america
Oratory has nothing to do with your position or in John's case reaction. John Boehner can not complete a sentence without three uh’s.

Please, point me to John's vision, his ideas. We need a thinker and someone who can articulate the same and John is not the guy. McConnell is worse, he's the old school pol who gathers power for himself.

All the above is my opinion and as I like to say, Opinions are like hemorrhoids...every assh**e has one.

11 posted on 04/03/2010 6:10:10 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 165)
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To: Recon Dad

John is a nice guy, poor orator and no leader, but he is handsome.


12 posted on 04/03/2010 6:28:46 AM PDT by everlast
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To: Recon Dad

“John Boehner can not complete a sentence without three uh’s.”

Neither can 0boma when he is off prompter.


13 posted on 04/03/2010 6:30:49 AM PDT by everlast
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To: Kaslin
Everybody has different strengths. Boehner will make a great speaker. We have plenty of others who can handle the visionary stuff. He just needs to focus on keeping everyone united and he has shown he can do that.
14 posted on 04/03/2010 6:36:27 AM PDT by yellowhammer (ABORT ObamaCare before the third trimester!!)
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To: Kaslin

Someone please point out to me examples of Pelosi’s grand vision or great oratory; or Hastert’s; or Tip Oneill’s for that matter. The Speaker of the House doesn’t lead the Nation, he leads his herd of cats. We need Congressional leaders who are effective, not inspirational.


15 posted on 04/03/2010 6:50:45 AM PDT by csmusaret (Sarah Palin thinks everyday in America is the 4th of July. Obama thinks it is April 15th.)
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To: everlast
If your on the golf course, having a cigar and a drink John's your man. It's a shame that it's a foregone conclusion that John is the next speaker of the House.

I would expect him to be better than the last three, but that's a low bar.

16 posted on 04/03/2010 7:13:37 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 165)
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To: Kaslin
This is a good man:

"We have failed to listen to America. And we have failed to reflect the will of our constituents" Boehner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOdvn2dtM0A

17 posted on 04/03/2010 7:16:39 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: Kaslin

“When he finally voted for President Obama’s health-care bill, “pro-life” Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., disappointed a lot of people”

We are easily taken in.


18 posted on 04/03/2010 8:39:07 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: yellowhammer

I agree with you, he would be an excellent speaker. Perhaps the best one this country will ever have


19 posted on 04/03/2010 9:41:08 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Recon Dad
Please, point me to John's vision, his ideas. We need a thinker and someone who can articulate the same and John is not the guy.

He also apologizes for stuff that didn't happen.

As I see it, the Republicans have nothing to apologize for. They aren't the ones trying to turn the US into a third-world Marxist hellhole. The Democrats are. They need to be beaten with this at every turn.

Boehner is not the one to do it.

20 posted on 04/03/2010 11:29:31 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: newfreep

I don’t know how Bart Stupid has the bloody nerve to even show his face anymore. He was a real deceiver that’s for sure. He deluded most of America into trusting that he had some principles that he was willing to stick to no matter what. The whole thing was a sham. I hope his career and his reputation are over for good. CO


21 posted on 04/03/2010 2:06:04 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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To: Canadian Outrage

The Repubs & Conservatives need to realize immediately the Alinsky ‘rats fight dirty and we need to play as hard as they do. Otherwise, we are doomed just playing the nice guy and assuming the Alinskyites will play by the rules. they won’t..


22 posted on 04/03/2010 3:33:16 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Recon Dad

“We need a thinker and someone who can articulate the same and John is not the guy.”

Your “leaders” are nowhere to be seen. We have to go with what we have and support them when they do the right thing.


23 posted on 04/03/2010 3:41:37 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil
The leaders I am speaking about are seen every day when the GOP lines up behind a microphone, only they're standing just off to the side. Pence, Ryan and Cantor.
24 posted on 04/03/2010 3:47:50 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 165)
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To: Kaslin

Boehner came to Huntsville, Al and campaigned for Parker Griffith. Griffith is a liberal doctor who campaigned FOR government intervention in Health Care. He is a life-long Democrat who switched from Democrat to Republican after the Health Care Town Hall meetings last summer were a disaster for him.

The conservative Republicans in Alabama’s 5th District hate Griffith and are doing everything possible to defeat Griffith in the primaries. Why that knucklehead Boehner came to Huntsville to campaign for Griffith is beyond me.


25 posted on 04/03/2010 3:59:09 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Kaslin

Each day I grow more weary of FReepers who spout off against
every conservative voice that is brought up in the news
because they don’t speak well,
or they have bad hair,
or they said something stupid many years ago,
or because they are not outspoken enough,
or because they are not strong enough
on some key issue to suit that particular person,
or whatever the reason.

The time of choosing sides is upon us,
and I, for one, am glad that people like John Boehner
and many others who are “imperfect” are on “my side”.


26 posted on 04/03/2010 4:03:07 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Greetings, and how are you today, comrade?)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Great post. I was never a big fan of Boehner, but I think he’s stepped up his game over the past 15 months or so. He keeps the troops in line without turning the public off the way Newt and DeLay did. I agree with the other posters that Ryan, Pence, and Cantor are more intellectual but Boehner shouldn’t be thrown under the bus.


27 posted on 04/03/2010 6:05:36 PM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: J Edgar

I pray that he is replaced with a principled and capable leader in the near future.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ROFLOL!!! Good luck finding too many in D.C. who meet that criteria.


28 posted on 04/03/2010 10:16:51 PM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: newfreep

I agree friend, I so much agree. It’s very very frustrating watching what is happening from afar. Although we aren’t really very far apart, we are still separate. I pray so much that America will rise up before it’s too late. Your dealing with folks who have NO consciences or morals or anything good - they will fight dirty as dirty can get. Most folks don’t think like they do but they need to RECOGNIZE who they are and act accordingly. It’s worth everything!! CO


29 posted on 04/04/2010 6:04:12 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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