August 7th, 2008
04:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Boehner asks his troops to keep up protest for weeks

Boehner leads a press conference with House Republicans from the Capitol's steps in this February file photo.

Boehner leads a press conference with House Republicans from the Capitol's steps in this February file photo.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As most of Congress continues its August break from the Capitol, House Republican Leader John Boehner wants to keep a rare protest in the chamber continuing for at least the next two.

In a memo sent to GOP congressmen Wednesday, Boehner urged his troops to “indicate your availability for any days during the next two weeks, August 11th through 22nd, as soon as possible.” Those dates cover weekdays up until the political conventions start with the Democratic gathering in Denver on August 25.

“We must build on this opening,” Boehner wrote, “and keep building on it until the American people have been heard.”

Meanwhile, Democrats looked to make an issue of the Republican’s leisure time activity, distributing photos of a golfing Boehner along with reports that he had spent hundreds on green fees while golfing this week, as House Republicans demanded Democrats return to address a crisis situation.

Boehner’s office told the Washington Post that details of the outing at Boehner’s home course in Ohio were unclear, but they were confident that any golfing would have been done over the weekend.

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sent a statement out Wednesday blasting the GOP as short-sighted. “This week, Republicans are doing nothing but pushing the failed Johnny-one-note policies of the past,” he wrote.

Meantime, those Republicans like the polling numbers of the present. Americans surveyed by CNN and Opinion Research in late July supported offshore oil drilling by a two-to-one margin.

Now, Boehner and Republicans are making their move. In his memo asking members to return to Washington, Boehner wrote, “this is not a request made lightly.”

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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. v.a.

    "distributing photos of a golfing Boehner"

    hahahaha best line of the entire story

    August 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Sherry, Atlanta




    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |

    Shut Up and go home! Nobody's listening! This is just silly!

    OBAMA '08

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. DJ Los Angeles

    Boehner is a liar, fraud and stooge for Big Oil. He makes me sick. How can people actually believe a single word out of his mouth?

    August 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Arkansas Undertaker

    These idiots want to shut down the government like they used to when President Clinton was in office and Newt Gengrich was the Speaker of the house. IDIOTS!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. lovable liberal

    The media loves Republican theater of the absurd.

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Todd

    It's a shame that Americans are falling for the repubilcan's snake oil. It's amazing how people will ignore experts speaking the truth in exchange for false promises that sound better. Perhaps these were the same folks that though smoking cigarettes wasn't that bad for you...

    August 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    The American people have heard - and they don't care. You're making fools of yourselves - but as a democrat I say, keep it up. Maybe that many more of you will be booted out in November.

    August 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Look at that picture everyone. Parade of the Horribles.

    August 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Sorry, Pelosi is on a book tour. I guess that makes this, off the table as well.

    August 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. bill for barack

    Troops ?
    Don't you mean storm troopers ?

    August 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Mark Webb

    Enough with manipulations!!!!
    The people are really tired with all this.

    August 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. victorhill

    A Message to Sen. Obama and his supporters;

    Here's a quote befitting of your whole improbable journey to the US presidency. You've probably heard it before. It's from the great Mahatma Ghandi:

    First they ignore you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they fight you
    Then you win.
    So be encouraged!

    August 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    March on Republicans!

    Republicans unit in protest aginst the do nothing Democrates who would rather take their vacation then get something done for the American people.

    Meantime Hillary supporters are planning angry protests during the Democratic convention aimed to undermine Obama. The blogs are briming with hate between the Obama and Hillary camps. Their convention is bound to be an angry chaotic mess, displayed on TV for all of America to see. There will be no uniting behind Obama and no message will be presented to America of what they have to offer America for the next 4 years. Just angry chaos.

    Republicans meantime will be shown united in doing what it takes to serve the American people. Their convention will be one of unity with a clear message of where they want to take this country. They can reference the current protest as evidence of their dedication to do what it takes and that they are the ones ready to lead.

    What a contrast to present to America for all to see.

    McCain in 08!

    August 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Rob, from Canada

    As a Canadian, I couldn't believe how good this is for our country! Nothing will benefit Canada more than offshore drilling.

    It shows America's lack of dedication to finding an alternative fuel, and in Canada, we have oil sands that can potentially produce more oil than the Saudi's some day. It's a bit expensive to produce oil from sands, but at a hundred bucks a barrel, we'll be rolling in it.

    Everyone in America will say "oh thank goodness we have barrels of oil coming 10 years from now" and will continue blowing their money on over priced fuel to continually replace the band-aid solution. And where will they want to come? The countries that don't use oil to fund terrorism. And that pretty much leaves Canada as the oil haven that isn't a terrorist haven (well maybe Russia... maybe not...)

    An update on Canada: we're continually lowering our national debt, lowering our taxes, and continuing our proud tradition of National Healthcare for all citizens. Your offshore policies will not only improve our standard of life today, but guarentee it for Canada's future generations to come.

    Thank you again John McCain.

    P. S. Thank you again for defending NAFTA. We'd be screwed without it.

    August 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. McCain is 71

    Conservatives want to shut government down.

    The notion that a government shut down is anybody's fault but the Republicans in Congress is ludicrous.

    If you want a country and a government that is going to fall apart while rich businessmen get richer, then vote Republican.

    Get informed America!

    Read the literature of the Conservative movement in this country.

    They are hell bent on destroying the government and handing over control of the country to big business.

    That's right, Big Business.

    We haven't had to talk about Big Business since the early 1900's, but they are back and they run your country.

    A vote for John McCain is a vote for the end of our country as you know it and the begining of a fascist state in America.

    Be afraid America, John McCain and the Republicans are dangerous to your way of life.

    August 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. JIM...TX

    Can you say...GRAND STANDING.

    August 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. McCain is a puppet

    I doubt that Americans want their government to shut down.

    This oil drilling thing is a hoax!

    How many things that the Republicans have suggested over the last 8 years has actually worked out for America?


    We can add this oil drilling to the list if you want to America, but it is just going to make you and I poorer and the oil companies richer.

    Go ahead and do it though...make our government a joke that every Conservative loves lauging at.

    These people don't respect our country or our values...they just respect their money.

    August 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Nora

    ...".until American people have been heard. " You ,Sir and American people have nothing in common. You represent big , dirty , oil money .
    Tell them " use it or lose it " – about leases they already have. No more new leases.

    August 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    This is a clear justification for another political party.

    The Republicans remain in the Senate–debating in the dark.

    The Democrats–sit their very wide behinds on the beach–totally removed from issues of the day.

    The only candidate still working hard to get an ear-Bob Barr.


    No vacations when the country is in crisis–ever.

    August 7, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Themanwhosawtommorow

    What a bunch of charlatans! You cannot deceive us anymore. Stop pretending that you care for ordinary people, because you don't!

    August 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Wish I had a job that would allow me to take five weeks off with pay and having done nothing all year.
    It's pretty sad that this is happening while most people are having trouble going on vacation at all.
    It's time to clean house, do not vote for any incumbents, Dems, or Repubs, it's time for new people. And Polosi should be the first to go.

    August 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Rob

    Yeah Right, the wonderfull Republicans who at the bidding of their oil company Masters have done nothing to free America from our slavery to oil. Are now toiling away on the Country Club Golf Courses while demanding that democrats return to congress to vote on behalf of Big oil. My GOP heroes!

    August 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    JUST LOOK AT THIS GROUP..............


    WHAT A JOKE.........................................................

    SO DIVERSED...................THEY LOOK JUST LIKE OUR COUNTRY..............................................................................................NOT

    August 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Heidi Fleiss

    I had to laugh when i saw the picture of the Repugnant Ones in this article. The GOP female Congress"men" were all dressed in red. Isn't there something nefarious about women and the color red? Hmmm...The Scarlet Letter... Red Light District...

    August 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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