View Full Version : Boehner talks about 'stumbles'

David G
01-27-2015, 02:43 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November's elections, have gotten off to a clumsy start this year, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, as legislative initiatives have been derailed by attacks from inside the party.

"There have been a couple of stumbles," Boehner told reporters after meeting in a closed session with his rank-and-file.

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John Smith
01-27-2015, 02:46 PM
If it wasn't so important, it might be funny.

David G
01-27-2015, 02:53 PM
Senate's swing-state Republicans break ranks


Paul Pless
01-27-2015, 03:04 PM
this from the party that is always promising 'good governance'. . .

S.V. Airlie
01-27-2015, 03:07 PM
I'm happy Bonehead is appearing so ineffective. Helps the dems. Let the repubs continue fighting among themselves over the dog biscuits.

David G
01-27-2015, 03:08 PM
The batch of bespoke buffoons currently comprising and contaminating the Republican Party wouldn't know good governance if it crawled up their pant-leg and...

John of Phoenix
01-27-2015, 03:29 PM
From the Politico article:
Just three weeks into Mitch McConnell’s reign as Senate majority leader, he’s already confronting the challenges of running a caucus filled with blue-state Republicans who face reelection next year. They’ve begun departing from the GOP stance on issues like energy and climate change — a move that lets them espouse independence back home, but also exposes divisions that are bound to intensify as 2016 draws nearer.

Wait a minute... republicans are vulnerable from the LEFT?

It must be difficult to be a republican these days. You have to be bat**** crazy to out-crazy the tea partiers so you appeal to the red base, then you have to be a RINO compromiser to get the moderate vote, then a tree-hugger-pinko-commie-Pless-liberal to get the Democratic vote.

No wonder Mitt had three or four opinions on every issue. And it's spreading!

Dave Gray
01-27-2015, 07:44 PM
You forgot this one: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/john-boehner-considers-suing-obama-over-immigration

David G
01-29-2015, 12:14 PM
Another voice: they ain't just 'stumbles'... they are reflective of a profoundly dysfunctional Republican party --


House GOP Meltdown: Abortion, Border, Homeland Security Bills In Trouble

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are in such disarray, they couldn’t even agree on a bill (http://www.ibtimes.com/house-gop-pulls-abortion-bill-after-republican-women-object-1790908) to outlaw third-trimester abortions. That's been one of the GOP's most popular efforts to curb access to abortions, and yet the bill had to be yanked from the floor because Republican lawmakers couldn't agree on what it would say.

After sweeping both chambers of Congress last November, the GOP was eager to take control, but the inability to pass an abortion bill is a glaring example of the deep divisions fracturing the House Republicans (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/396873/how-congressional-gop-already-trying-give-fighting-obamas-executive-amnesty-patrick) and spilling out into public view. If they can't legislate on an issue on which they agree, they're unlikely to be able to figure out a way to unite on more controversial topics (e.g., how to fight the president on immigration or the budget).

Potentially more damaging is the narrative the GOP is creating: Republicans can’t govern (http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/01/30/gop_can_t_govern_conservative_principles_are_no_gu ide_to_success.html). They can’t pass their own agenda. They can’t figure out how to fund the government (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-grows-indifferent-homeland-security-funding). They're having a civil war over basic, longtime elements of the party platform.

Republicans are downplaying the problems, of course. With a group that big, they argue, there are bound to be disagreements. “There have been a couple of stumbles,” House Speaker John Boehner said when asked about the problems plaguing his chamber this month.

But next month is unlikely to be any better. The Department of Homeland Security bill that the House passed -- the agency will run out of money after Feb. 27 -- funds the federal agency tasked with preventing terror attacks and also undoes everything President Barack Obama has ever done to address the issue of undocumented immigrants. It stands no chance of getting over the needed 60-vote filibuster threshold in the Senate.