How GOP's John Boehner must lead

  • Article by: John Dickerson , Slate
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Boehner has few options in the House. If he pushes conservatives too hard to a specific outcome, they will not go.

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kleindropperJul. 30, 1312:06 PM

God forbid if the occupier in chief at the Whitehouse would show any leadership!

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cstoney48Jul. 30, 1312:40 PM

kleindropper said: "God forbid if the occupier in chief at the White House would show any leadership!" Obama has tried to lead the nation into the twenty-first century--but the Right just doesn't want to go there. Hard to lead the righteous into the future when they are determined to live in a past that is long gone and really never existed. As for Poor John--he is reaping what the Republican party has sowed for the past thirty years. Good luck herding the cats...

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markinatorJul. 30, 13 1:07 PM

Boehner is wasting his breath in attempting to have us believe he is trying to lead when he says things like, "it's not about me." It was indeed all about him last December, when he should have been working with Reid in the Senate, and Obama, to avoid the sequestration. What he chose to do was create a secret budget called "Plan B", where he hoped he would look like a savior. Instead, not one person backed his proposal. Nobody.

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theagonygopJul. 30, 13 1:46 PM

The GOP continues to fracture with the Teapublicans trying to bring down the government with archaic beliefs and dogged obstructions while the Party old guard is tugged between trying to appeal to a broader base while keeping the unleadable faction under control. Both will fail and make the GOP a small minority party without a leader, a heart or a soul.

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usa2012Jul. 30, 13 4:07 PM

no question the Republicans are an obstacle for POTUS. But if he is the great Unifier as he suggested in many speeches during the election that should be no problem. Actually he's been particularly good at dividing everyone. Hence no agreement on anything. Hard to believe that he will be remembered in a darker light than Carter. Didn't think that was possible.

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zekefaxJul. 30, 13 9:39 PM

You can't unite people who refuse to be united whether you are Boehner or Obama! Boehner is stuck with a group of people sticking more monkey wrenches in the works than would be present at a plumbing supply show and Obama is stuck with Boehner!

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crystalbayJul. 30, 1311:30 PM

" But if he is the great Unifier as he suggested in many speeches during the election that should be no problem. Actually he's been particularly good at dividing everyone".....................Actually, you've posted the opposite of what is real and true. The very opposite! It's clearly the Tea Party ideologues who've divided this country on every level - fortunately and no matter how loud they scream "NO!!!", the vast majority in this country find them repulsive and dangerous. It's not humanly possible to "unite" people who gathered on Day One to declare their intent to defeat everything this president tried to do. The Tea Party is a cancer on our culture and must be excised in 2014.

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