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John Boehner Had the
Best Year in Washington

National Journal, by Tim Alberta

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/31/2013 5:55:56 AM

John Boehner spent 2013 methodically transforming himself from prey to predator, a Machiavellian makeover that belies the underrated political savvy of Washington´s favorite punching bag. Boehner rang in the new year amid swirling rumors that an angry faction of conservative malcontents were orchestrating a coup d´état aimed at ousting him from the speakership and replacing him with someone friendlier to the tea party movement. Fast-forward to December. Boehner not only endured the January uprising, but has earned the respect of those members who organized it. As a result, the conference is more unified than at any point in recent memory, and Boehner´s

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/31/2013 6:17:32 AM     (No. 9673748)

Plenty of republicans voted against the budget bill.The unity came from his members being read the riot act,not having an epiphany.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jansgraphix, 12/31/2013 6:42:46 AM     (No. 9673764)

Yes, he´s managed to methodically unify other cowards to consistantly surrender to the most far left regime in our nations history and call it victory. Isn´t he ´special´?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/31/2013 7:33:17 AM     (No. 9673795)

I´m sure your right. It´s all going so well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/31/2013 7:49:33 AM     (No. 9673817)

IMHO, It would be wonderful if some conservatives directed as much animosity toward democrats in Congress as they do John Boehner and Republican members of Congress, no matter what do or say about anything...Happy New Year!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suedotsue, 12/31/2013 7:57:20 AM     (No. 9673827)

Whatever Mr. Boehner is today is because he supported Obama and the radical left. Even NPR said Boehner became king after Obama´s re-election. Boehner has devoted himself to preventing the return of a 2 party system in the US. In Nov. and Dec. 2012 the NY Times gushed over him. Their articles included quotes from GOP congressmen utterly in awe of him such as Adam Kinzinger and Trey Gowdy. Boehner´s message to them was that Obama won and the GOP had to do what Obama wanted. If anyone respects Boehner, they obviously have mental problems. Boehner could´ve defunded ObamaCare on his first day as speaker in Jan. 2011. He could do so today but he refuses. He has never allowed a standalone ObamaCare defunding measure to come to the House floor. Nor has he ever allowed a standalone vote on ObamaCare as a tax. All taxes must be approved by the House. John Roberts just said it was legal as a tax, he didn´t say the House had to pass it. Roberts would say that´s not his problem. Democrats like Boehner so much they allowed him to run unopposed in his Nov. 2012 election. It´s likely they´ll do the same indefinitely or offer only token opposition. The US has only one functioning political party, the democrats. Boehner and the media want to keep it that way. There´s a lot of money to be made in silencing the people.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/31/2013 8:32:55 AM     (No. 9673886)

I can only imagine what this country would look like had they unseated Boehner in January and put in a principled conservative as Speaker.

Unfortunately they did not and the rest is history to the detriment of our country.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/31/2013 8:33:13 AM     (No. 9673887)

I request that Boehner take #4´s advice.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/31/2013 8:44:50 AM     (No. 9673908)

Doesn´t Congress have the power of the purse? Has Boehner ever used it to stop the socialist takeover of the nation?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Muguy, 12/31/2013 8:48:16 AM     (No. 9673915)

Whatever "fame" little Johnny Boehner has now in the DC press will fade away like dead grass blown in the wind....

All things come and go in time, and his time is UP...Welcome to 2014--the year when an informed public won´t stand for media manipulations and allowing the entrenched pols to cut Constitution-loving patriots off at the knees anymore!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 12/31/2013 8:49:28 AM     (No. 9673917)

John Boehner - "My Turn" Republican leadership at it´s best!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: yuban, 12/31/2013 9:19:40 AM     (No. 9673966)

It is no coincidence that the Moderates here, and the Left out there, think Boehner had a good year and did a fine job.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/31/2013 10:41:36 AM     (No. 9674076)

Good advice, #4. The viciousness with which many on this site go after GOP politicians make me wonder how the GOP can win any nation-wide election again? And, no, I don´t think that Senator Cruz or Sarah Palin, admirable as they are, are the answer. Democrats stick together against the enemy; Republicans attack each other. It is not a winning tactic.

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