john boehner 2

John Boehner, Pope Francis, and the GOP

In order to understand the position in which Boehner found himself just prior to his announcement that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, one must first understand how recent events affected Boehner’s Republican party.

In the face of losses on the Affordable Care Act, gay marriage, and the Iran Nuclear Deal, conservative Republicans pinned their latest hopes for victory on the fight against abortion.

They believed that a video purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue from abortions would give them the momentum to discontinue the organization’s federal funding. When it became clear that wouldn’t happen, they blamed Boehner, and called for a government shutdown. Boehner, who oversaw the last shutdown in 2013, wasn’t anxious to do so again.

Boehner, you see, is a pragmatist who understands that politics is about negotiation. He knows that in order to lead a legislative body effectively, one must have the ability to reward one’s allies and punish one’s enemies, even if those enemies are within one’s own party.

However, the politics of today’s extreme right makes punishment hard to dole out, because for too many new House conservatives, obstruction is its own reward.

Click here to read the rest on Newsworks.org

Photo: Speaker of the House John Boehner speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC., by Gage Skidmore/Flickr Creative Commons

Leave a Comment
placeholder_advertisement

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

My wife’s shirt from Northeast High 1985. If you look carefully you can see both our names— LaVeta Hewlett and Solomon Jones. Who knew that all these years later we would be married with children? God is full of surprises.
The #COVID monster has nothing on me. I got my shot!
At 8 am we talk to @PPDCommish #DanielleOutlaw about the gun violence happening in #Philly on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM  WURD @onwurd
I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine in January from a Black nurse at a Black church in North Philly. Dr. ⁦‪@alastanford‬⁩ filmed it. Got my second shot in February. I’m glad I did. Do your research and do what’s best for you. But if I did it anyone can.
Join Great Commission Church for our online Good Friday Service today at 6 pm on Facebook. I will be delivering the 7th last word from Luke 23:46
Join @ManUpPHL as we continue our push against gun violence. Go to ManUpPHL.org to join, to donate, or get help.
Today at 8:40 am on WURD Radio, #Kwasasings. Make sure you tune in to 900 AM/ 96.1 FM @onwurd
Today at 8:40 on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM WURD Radio Kwasa sings! Tune in and be blessed. The sista can sang!
Meet me now at Eatible Delights at 1540 E. Wadsworth Ave. We’re here until 2 pm! Get a book and get a grub!
I will be doing a book signing at Eatible Delights Catering at 1540 Wadsworth Avenue today at Noon. Join me there!
Producer @ladeesingsthebluez sings live at 8:40 am every Friday @onwurd . Tune in!
Shoutout to the @philadelphiaeagles for supporting the work of #ManUpPhl! We’ve spent our lives cheering for the Eagles! Now the Eagles are cheering for us!
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments