Boehner ready to bargain?

  • Article by: DANA MILBANK , Washington Post
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Will the GOP let its leaders work with Obama?

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patasticNov. 8, 1210:06 AM

"Squeezing him on one side are the tea party conservatives and their ilk, dominant in the House Republican majority,..."---Maybe you should check your facts. As of last spring , there were 61 House members of the TEA party Caucus out of 435 total House members (14%). That's 61 out of the 242 Republican members (25%). Hardly a majority. Meanwhile, there are 75 members of the House Progressive Caucus. Why is it Conservatives always seem to wield so much more power, even when they are outnumbered?

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comment229Nov. 8, 1210:10 AM

This one is simple. Boehner just needs to find one republican capable of "reaching across the aisle" and the only one that comes to mind is Bachmann. I know, because she said so. Quit laughing!

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comment229Nov. 8, 1210:11 AM

In all honesty, as long as McConnell and Nordquist are still there and have not been told to take a hike, Boehner does not have a chance, even if he wanted to compromise with the president.

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sadsadsadNov. 8, 1210:14 AM

My, my, what a surprise. Remember, comprise is a "dirty word".

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rjr2205Nov. 8, 1211:07 AM

I agree with Boehner's comment that the mandate directed to both parties is that they must work together to deal with our nations problems! Repubs have some valid ideas/solutions and Dems have some valid ideas/solutions! They need to relearn how to respectfully disagree, listen, compromise and make decisions for the country, not decisions for their respective party!

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muggsh2oNov. 8, 1211:13 AM

This one is simple. Boehner just needs to find one republican capable of "reaching across the aisle" and the only one that comes to mind is Bachmann. I know, because she said so. Quit laughing! ===================== comment and Dana boy - two things you both missed. Obama hasn't tried to compromise since about 2004. When you speak of gridlock, that's two parties. One could argue that Harry Reid has shelved 65+ bills from the House, 12 of which have job ideas. Compromise? Nope. The problem is not Boehner and the GOP. The problem is Washington. And until voters stop voting the same dividers in year after year, Washington is not going to change.

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muggsh2oNov. 8, 1211:21 AM

In all honesty, as long as McConnell and Nordquist are still there and have not been told to take a hike, Boehner does not have a chance, even if he wanted to compromise with the president. ===================== Hey comment, got an idea for you. Why don't you start the spirit? Instead of all the unintelligent quips, how about we all start to respect the other side? You bring up McConnell and Nordquist as such an intelligent piece of rebuke. What you forget to mention is that Boehner doesn't answer to McConnell and both sides have their Nordquists. Instead of the stupid comments, how about we all comment with intelligence and respect?

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punky2012Nov. 8, 1211:54 AM

$5,000,000,000,000 ($5 trillion for you Democrats out there) in Obama borrowing and spending in 3 years and 9 months and Republicans are supposed to bargain with such stupidity? So, what should Republicans do? Allow Obama to run $2 trillion annual deficits instead of Obama's annual average of $1.274 trillion? $3 trillion annual deficits? $4 trillion? By the way, 355,000 people lost their jobs last week according to the initial jobless claims report. The number is lower than what it should have been because of Hurricane Sandy.

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gjacobNov. 8, 1212:59 PM

punky2012, anyone who understands what makes up that $5T knows it is not new spending. It is unfunded wars, mandates, organic growth, etc. Turn off the radio and think for yourself.

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thunderNov. 8, 12 1:15 PM

Obama may have bad policies and make unpopular decisions but ultimately the Treasury is under the control of Congress. The President had about 6 months to get just anything he wanted through Congress. Look to the leadership in the Capitol, they sign the checks!

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