There’s no two ways about it, Speaker Boehner conceded because President Obama and the Democrats held the line. Apparently, to paraphrase the president, negotiating with “hostage takers” is the wrong move. And, subsequently, saying you won’t play their game can yield some positive results. Better to learn that in 2014 than never?
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 12, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 7, 2014 12:14 pm|
When Obama gave the Republicans time he gets nothing. Now that he has done something he still gets nothing[/caption]Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action memorandum for DREAM students.
|By: DSWright Monday December 2, 2013 6:45 am|
Though House Speaker John Boehner initially voiced support for NSA programs of dubious constitutionality, it seems the ground is shifting underneath his feet as pressure builds within the House GOP Caucus to allow a vote on legislation to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am|
Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 20, 2013 12:48 pm|
The recent arrest and conviction of Rep. Trey Radel for buying cocaine is a perfect example of why the terrible War on Drugs has been allowed to continue for so long. Wealthy and politically connected people are rarely if ever targeted by drug enforcement. When they are caught up in it almost by accident, the criminal justice system treats them with the softest kid gloves.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:49 am|
If Speaker Boehner has such a blase attitude towards the use of cocaine perhaps it is time to reexamine federal drug laws, otherwise he risks looking like an amazing hypocrite and moral coward.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 18, 2013 7:35 am|
If the Tea Party members are unwilling work with Obama to keep the government open, they are not going to agree to a grand bargain and Boehner just proved he is not going to cross his caucus.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 17, 2013 8:20 am|
It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 16, 2013 7:41 am|
Boehner basically let the government shut down for three weeks, did significant damage to the economy, showed his own weakness and destroyed his party’s brand just to try to hold on to his position. A position that is almost meaningless because he has prove he has almost no actual power. He preferred to let all these things happen rather than stand up to the roughly 50 Tea Party members in his caucus.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 16, 2013 6:44 am|
Yesterday, in stunning display of incompetence, Speaker Boehner was unable to find enough Republican votes to pass the Senate negotiated compromise to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Rather than simply letting the House vote on the bill where it likely would have passed due to Democratic votes, Boehner pulled the bill.