Wanted: Skeptical Economists
According to the Associated Press, ‘only one outside economist contacted by Obama aides… voiced skepticism about the need for an economic stimulus.’ It turns out that that economist was Greg Mankiw (whose blog you ought to bookmark), and he advised President Bush — so his opinion is apparently of questionable value anyway. With that in mind, House Republican Leader John Boehner wants to hear from | Read More »
BREAKING: Don Young Withdraws
I reported this morning John Boehner told Don Young ($-AK) that Young would be opposed as ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee. House sources tell me Don Young has decided to withdraw from consideration for the position. This is great news.
John Boehner Stands Up to Don Young
This is some big news being leaked to RedState by a source on Capitol Hill. In a meeting yesterday afternoon, John Boehner informed Rep. Don Young that Boehner would not support Young’s candidacy to remain Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee. It is very unlikely the Steering Committee will support Young either, which means he is toast. This is a great, great sign | Read More »
Big 3 Bailout Unlikely?
Blackhedd has given an excellent analysis of where the Big 3 bailout stands, and why Congressional leaders are having a hard time building support for quick action. It therefore should come as no surprise that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is now warning automakers that Congress will not act unless leaders reach a bipartisan agreement in the next few days: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer | Read More »
There appears to be a pleasant Republican shake-up going up on Capitol Hill. After last election, Republicans re-elected the team that lost everything, minus the NRCC making Tom Cole (R-Ok.) the chairman. The Senate: National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to Politico, current NRSC Chairman Senator John Ensign (R-NV) is moving to the Republican Policy Committee. This opens the seat up to a race between | Read More »
The definition of insanity is doing the same failed thing over and over expecting a different result
Here’s where I am on the House and Senate GOP leadership races. The whole lot of them should be rounded up and hanged. Slowly. When you lose two elections in a row, you pull out the ginsu knife and go for seppuku. Honor demands it. Real leaders know when to get out of the way. People too comfortable to be effective do not. That said, | Read More »
Boehner Seeks Re-Election as Republican Leader
Congressman John Boehner announced this morning that he will again seek the position of Republican Leader in the new Congress. Here is the text of his message to Republican colleagues: November 5, 2008 Dear House GOP Colleague, The 2008 election turned out to be every bit as tough for Republicans as we thought it could be. The American people have spoken. We respect their choice. | Read More »
Self-destructed – from 06 to today, and the way to climb back
Going into yesterday, I told those that asked me that I gave McCain a 40% shot to win. I thought he had a shot at Pennsylvania. If he didn’t win there, he had to run the table. I didn’t think that could be done. My realistic odds were closer to 30% than 40%. Part of that was the McCain campaign’s doing. Most of it was | Read More »
They’ll call for Boehner’s head for this, no doubt.
This is a family-friendly blog, so I have to edit slightly the comments of House Minority Leader John Boehner on Senator Obama: “Now, listen, I’ve voted ‘present’ two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest and I didn’t feel like I should vote,” Boehner said. “In Congress, we have a red button, a green | Read More »
The good, the bad, and the ugly crap sandwich.
There was an interesting dynamic to the bailouts. This was a populist revolution against leadership. About 40% of the democrats said no. Over 60% of the Republicans voted no. I salute those that voted no, from Mike Pence to Dennis Kucinich to our state delegation that said “No deals.” Mike Rogers, Tim Walberg, Thad McCotter, Pete Hoekstra, Joe Knollenberg, Candice Miller, John Conyers, Bart Stupak, | Read More »
Some Straight Talk For House Republicans: Time To Lead From The Rear
The question of the day is whether House Republicans are going to support some form of bipartisan bailout deal. The Paulson plan is pretty much the only plan that is on the table with any conceivable chance of passing a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, period. There will undoubtedly be battles over what to add on to the basic bones of the Paulson plan, or whether | Read More »
Conservatives Talk Energy Solutions While Liberals Play Dress Up
Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill today to cap their 25-day protest on the House floor over the high cost of energy and the refusal of Democrats to do anything about it. The press conference, held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, was met with loud chants from a crowd of about 50 protesters. A few brave liberals sweltered in the 90 degree weather | Read More »
Boehner: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ on Drilling
Over the past two weeks, House Minority Leader John Boehner has traveled the country in support of Republican candidates, raising money and talking about the GOP’s uprising on the House floor. Boehner was back on Capitol Hill today to kick off day 14 of what’s been called the Don’t Go Movement. I had an opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview. Before we talked, | Read More »
Boehner Rallies Republicans, Plans to Continue Protest for Two More Weeks
(Note: Follow developments from the House floor at twitter.com/RobertBluey.) The House GOP’s energy protest, which has captivated Capitol Hill since last Friday, won’t end anytime soon. Minority Leader John Boehner said in a memo to Republicans tonight that members should make plans to return to Washington over the next two weeks. The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to | Read More »
Cancelling markups to avoid votes on energy
Today, Senator Robert “Sheets” Byrd (D-KKK/WV) cancelled a markup in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Why? He even told us. To avoid a vote on energy: “Given the uncertainty in how the oil and gas drilling issue is currently playing out on the Senate floor, I have decided to postpone the July 24th appropriations markups at this time,” Byrd said in a statement. Earlier, Boehner noted | Read More »