Demonizing John Boehner

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There are so many faces of the radical Democratic Party. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton. So many targets for the Republicans. But the GOP is faceless. Sarah Palin is a target, but nobody thinks she runs the party. Either Bush will do, but they are increasingly subjects for archeologists, not politicians. Dick Cheney? Not when he’s in the hospital.

So Obama and his allies have to create a villain, and none fits the bill so well as House Minority Leader John Boehner. By appearing in the Ohioan’s district and attacking him directly, President Obama is hoping to turn the possible future speaker into a modern day version of Newt Gingrich, who served as such an attractive target for Bill Clinton.

The president is trying to make Boehner the poster boy for the often-corrupt nexis between the big corporations and the Republican establishment. His ties to tobacco (he once passed out their campaign contributions on the House floor — presumably to save the cost of postage), and his frequent lobbyist paid trips make him a convenient target. And attacks on big business tap into the allure of economic populism, the last refuge of liberals before they admit that they have to move to the center.

The New York Times contributed its efforts by highlighting a hit piece on the front page of its edition last Sunday that focused on Boehner’s corporate travel, lobbyist donations, meetings with lobbyist friends and a catalogue of his former staffers who became lobbyists. The implication of the article was that if the Republicans take over the House, lobbyists for the major corporations will rule.

The attempt to highlight Boehner underscores the almost total lack of a Democratic message in the fall elections. Some are trying to blame Bush. Others are running as far from Obama as they can. Some seize on the scantiest evidence to justify their negative ads.

In some districts, a Republican’s signature on the no-new-tax pledge of Americans for Tax Reform will trigger an ad saying that the GOP candidate wants to “ship jobs overseas.” How? The Democrats interpret the pledge to mean that the Republican will not vote to close corporate loopholes that let companies deduct the cost of relocating offshore.

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  • Mimi

    In my book Boehmer is a piece of trash, he is so far alienated of the working calls poeple in the USA.
    God verbid he would become speaker of the house.

    • Grateful Reader

      Please tell me you're a plant from the Left and your terrible spelling and typing errors are deliberate attempts to make it look like this blog is inhabited by hateful illiterates.

    • AnimalFarm

      Ach du liebe! What a horrid post. First of all, invest in Hooked on Phonics, that would probably improve your atrocious spelling. Next, you need to substantiate your statement with some facts, and no, facts aren't the same as name calling.

  • SALLYFARRAR

    Boehner is not a POT.
    However, I believe that he was a horrible majority leader when he held the job before and, along with Hastert, squandered the slim hold on power that the Republicans had FINALLY managed to acquire.
    I feel that Boehner did not serve GWB well and, therefore, contributed to the extremely non -conservative policies that were done under Bush and which hurt the Republican party and, even worse, the country.
    I hope he has learned his lessons from past mistakes because it looks like he will become the House leader in January.
    It is hoped that he will not sit back and rest on those hard fought for laurels but will continue to out fight those damned democrats who are wrecking our country and trashing the Constitution.

    • AnimalFarm

      Personally I'd like to see Paul Ryan as Speaker. He's very articulated, intelligent, and most of all a real conservative. Hopefully this extraordinary election cycle will have taught Republicans that people aren't interested in "moderates" and RINOs, that the reason why they lost big in 2006 was precisely because they were becoming indistinguishable from demonrats.

    • Jim Johnson

      Boehner like Lindsay Gram,Immelt, Army,McConnel ,McCain,Pence should fade away as just a bad memory who brought the country to it's financial knees. They were slavishly devoted to the Corporations that paid them. They and GWB let the country slide into a Big Business swamp. They were the axis of negligence posing as economic oriented people.

      What is worse they made it possible for the Left wing fringe to gain power. The Republicans played right into the hands of the fringe.
      Is the Tea Party just the Republican with a Human Face? Maybe they will restore democracy but I am not optimistic.

      If the Tea Party can restore sanity the will be in for a long time; else the Democrats will be in for a longer time.

    • tony

      Boehner was not the majority leader when Bush was president. That was Tom Delay. It's really hard to get a handle on Boehner because he's had to deal with a substantial democrat majority. I think he will have a tough time becoming Speaker for reasons cited in the article, specifically the influx of so many new faces with no allegiances.
      Personally, I have nothing against Boehner but believe it's time for some new blood at the top. I've been blown away by Paul Ryan's intellect and his ability to get across complex ideas in an easily understood manner. I suspect he might be better suited to even higher office, but he's the brightest star in the House.

  • cedarhill

    Boehner who? That guy that talked about a "crap" sandwich? Funny.

  • gwiz

    If the choice is between Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton dems and the faceless GOP, that's a no brainer. Don't let the door hit you in the arse President Uniter.

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    I don't know much about Boehner except he isn't Nancy Pelosi and that's an improvement hands down.

  • http://www.intellectualconservative.com Steven Laib

    I'd prefer Allen West as speaker. At least we know what side he is on, and that he protects his team. Tenure in office should not be the reason for electing a speaker. Other qualifications should be.

  • Reneeca

    Boehner is a 'good ole boy.' Just listening to him on the news this weekend about going along with the Democrats on their tax plan without a fight made my skin crawl. He is too entrenched in the Beltway. Something the public at large is sick of.. Did anyone remember him putting up a good fight with the Democrats at anytime recently? However, that said, I would much rather have him in charge than Nancy Pelosi but Conservatives have to keep his feet to the fire! We will be watching!

  • coyote3

    The only way a liberal, like Boehner, is going to advocate rolling back decades of unconstitutional legislation is if he is more afraid of the conservative voters than he is of the liberals. Even then, it might not work. He would have to have a monitor appointed, and his every move scrutinized. It might just be easier to have someone else. Mr. Clinton said that the direction of the tea party makes Bush looks liberal. Well, my response is that it is that way, because Bush "was" a liberal. I don't know where anyone could get a contrary idea. Bush was a liberal who did a few conservative thngs. Obama is a liberal, who does a lot of liberal things.

  • MKS

    First, vote out all Democrats so that Nancy Pelosi is no longer Speaker of the House, and John Boehner is.

    Then, we can take actions to shuffle seniorities and get a different Speaker in subsequent elections.

    Right now, vote for ANYONE EXCEPT A DEMOCRAT.

  • votedagainstoby

    HELLO!!??? Any one on this page saying any thing AGAINST Boehner IS a PROGRESSIVE DUMBOCRAT PLANT. Just keep that in mind when you read ALL of these "opinions".

    Sorry kids, the TRUTH HURTS.

  • votedagainstoby

    Oh and you KNOW he will REPEAL the Tanning booth tax. Jus say"n.