Skip to comments.Retirement watch: Boehner buys condo in Florida
Posted on 02/19/2014 4:43:50 PM PST by bimboeruption
A tantalizing scoop from Jonathan Strong. Theres no material more crowd-pleasing on a righty blog than a post about a big-name establishment Republican possibly retiring. And in the hierarchy of establishment Republicans whom conservatives would like to see go (and who might actually be considering it), theres only one name bigger than Boehners.
The day McCain announces hes not running again is going to be a de facto national holiday for tea partiers, isnt it?
This area of Florida has been the Boehners family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo. Their home is in West Chester, Ohio, and will continue to be, Michael Steel, Boehners spokesman said
Boehner shared the happy news he had just closed on a place to colleagues at the National Republican Congressional Committees recent winter meeting in Sarasota, prompting gossip among GOP lawmakers about what it might mean for his future.
Buying a new place is a more significant act for the relatively modest Boehner than other top congressional leaders.
More significant, yes, but if he has reason to think hell be earning big money soon as a lobbyist, a new condo is no sweat.
Rumors that hes quitting after this session have been kicking around since last year, and Strong makes a good point in noting that Boehners been more aggressive in challenging the right wing of his caucus lately. Thats not how a man whos worried about winning the next House election for Speaker would normally behave. Two questions, though. First, if hes planning to head off into the sunset, why did he seem to step away from amnesty lately? Could be that hes simply biding his time and will return to it soon at an opportune moment, possibly after Obama makes a few concessions on other business that Boehners interested in, but the centrists in the caucus are going to need bold leadership to get them to cross the aisle on this so soon before the midterms. Boehner hasnt seemed bold lately. If hes keen to pass major legislation before he retires (as has often been said about him vis-a-vis a grand bargain on deficit reduction), amnestys probably his last shot. No sense wasting time if hes preparing to step down.
Second, if he is planning to retire, why not announce it soon? There are rumors that Pelosi might retire too given that a few of her chief deputies, Henry Waxman foremost among them, are finally quitting after decades in the House. But Pelosi has an obvious interest in keeping quiet about it: If she quits before the midterms, itll be taken as a sign that leadership has given up on retaking the majority in the fall, which will bruise Democratic morale. And Pelosis no ordinary leader, either; she was the Speaker who got ObamaCare through the House. If she quits with the GOP poised to make further gains in Congress because of the O-Care implementation debacle, itll feel like shes conceding that her big achievement has been a total political loser. None of that is true for Boehner. If anything, him quitting would boost morale among grassroots conservatives, whod sense an opportunity to steer the caucus further to the right by electing a new slate of tea partiers this fall. And GOP centrists could console themselves with the fact that none of Boehners potential successors Cantor, McCarthy, Ryan are hardline tea partiers themselves. In fact, the only reason I can think of why Boehner would keep this hush-hush is because it might ignite the conservative base. If he wants to bequeath a centrist-ish GOP caucus to the next Speaker, lying low until the lame-duck session is probably his best move.
If you need a hand helping him move, just holler
I hope like hell that he gets the boot in this Primary!
♫♫ The Villages ♫ ♫
Me too. I like J.D. Winteregg.
Works for me!
You good people in Ohio just fire Boehner and we’ll do our part in Texas by firing John Wayne McCornyn!
We’ll all sleep better at night!
Can someone generate a revised “My Job is Done Here” graphic?
We’ve got several Tea Party Conservatives running for Congress in Ohio.
If they’re as good as Ted, we’ll be happy, happy, happy!
It’s open season on RINOs here.
typical dc politician, retire to keep from getting thrown out or hanged
I predict that the 2014 Open Season on RINOs will be a banner harvest! Take a target rich environment and add NO BAG LIMIT and there ya go!
Our mission is to make the GOP Establishment RINO an endangered species...without any protection at all.
yea, but now we know where he’ll vacation...don’t forget that address.
(ya know; for sending him a card or something...)
The real question is who paid for this condo? Did the U.S. Chamber put a
lot of cash in a travel suitcase as a bribe? Reward?