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. Brian

    Another demonstration by Republicans that they serve big oil, rather than to create a better future for Americans. Drilling offshore and in Alaska is too little, too late, at too high a cost for our future.

    I wonder if Boehner and his band of thieves would cut into their more-than-generous vacations to fund development of alternative fuels and energy sources? The Republicans in Congress and other branches of government are only interested in what they can plunder and pillage in the last six months of power.

    August 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Jesse, St. Louis Park, MN

    How low can the Republicans go?

    Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, MAKE OIL COMPANIES RICH, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander, MAKE OIL COMPANIES RICH, Pander, Pander, Pander, Pander.

    That is about all that is being said inside those walls!!

    August 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Brenda

    blablabla republicain as usual. Look around you who is the most corrupt

    August 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Jim

    What else have the republican got to do? They're all resigned to losing big time this November so the urge to campaign doesn't really exist.

    August 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Trever

    John Boehner has no place in our governement. The American people should be focused on raising money to get rid of this guy, who just wants to line the pockets of Big Oil and only pretends to care about the average American.

    August 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. takeoffthehoods


    August 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. homestead

    Why don't republican go on vacation it's too late, we spent 8 years we've done nothing to lower gas prices. Gas prices started rising since George Bush took over where have they been.

    August 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Daryl from Seattle

    These guys are just trying to unite the party behind something, anything since McCain alone doesn't have the ability. They think they're sooo smart. Creating a fake sense of urgency for an energy crisis that they're to blame for and now this dramatic show to portray their fake concern. Oh and where is our mighty president now? When his minions are making such a mess of things on the hill. Where is Cheney? Keeping their distance because they don't want to be anywhere near McCain's election effort, but their silence reflects their approval. How can our so-called leader and his number two have absolutely nothing to say about this? This is all smoke and mirrors folks.

    August 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. M

    why does everyone in that picture look more or less the same...white and old?

    August 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Gary from Madison, WI

    Try holding your breath and stomping your feet when Congress is back in session. Babies.

    August 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. David S. Robins

    The Democrats who now control Congress should simply shut off the lights and the air conditioning in the Capitol and then continue their well earned August vacations. The Republicans will promptly vacate the premises once this is done. In any case, a goodly number of them will certainly have to vacate the premises come next November.

    August 7, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    And wasn't the Boehner out golfing earlier today? What a joke! Without a punchline, no less. Sad.

    August 7, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Lesley

    This is funny. Republicans spending hundreds of dollars golfing while they are protesting in Congress after the session closed. And wasn't there a bi-partisan plan that included some drilling in an environmentally protected way along with other alternative energy measures? They really are pushing a one-note theme, while they take time out to spend hundreds of dollars golfing that is.

    August 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Boulder Brian

    You know what's amazing? Congress has had, oh, I don't know...Like 15 years to deal with this. And yet, Republicans wait until the month-long break to make the Democrats look like they don't want to address the issue. What about March, April, May, June, and July? Couldn't we have addressed the issue then?

    Talk about political posturing! Anything to get momentum heading into a convention where "your" candidate doesn't even want the vice president to attend. Yikes. Keep pining for votes. It's get a little ridiculous, and it's more than transparent.

    August 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Chut Pata

    Aren't protests a 'commie" act by the pub standard?

    August 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Ron Nebraska

    Why didn't the republicans do something about drilling when they had the majority and a compliant president? And why doesn't CNN cover the story of white house forcing CIA to forge documents linking Sadaam and al-queda?

    August 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    Democrats better not bend over to this strong-arming from GOP-big-oil-agents in congress.

    August 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Uncle Fester

    Maybe it would help if he started crying

    August 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Rob, from Canada

    P.P.S. Is this guys name "Bohner"

    Are you for real?

    Can the New Yorker please do something with that, in all respect to fairness to Obama for slandering him?

    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. CG

    Do our tax dollars really pay these guys' salaries? These guys should be pelted with rocks and garbage for wasting everyones time with this grand standing nonsense. They even trotted out Newt to get everyone pumped-up about it. This says something about the lack of enthusiasm that JM is generating as his party's nominee!

    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Joe

    The least Exxon could do is spring for pizza for these chumps!

    August 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Molly Weasley

    They're too scared to go home and face their constituents.

    August 7, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley, Missouri

    WHAT a STUNT! If it were the Democrats, the GOP would cry foul as well.

    The Republican Party is trying to force an issue that won't be forced. They don't have the votes yet, to get what they want... and they are playing on the fear and worries of us American Citizens to try to open up yet more areas for drilling, when the US Oil Companies already of plenty of sites, that they have yet to utilize.

    Drilling Oil is not a quick fix, nor is it a long term fix. The Republican Party is proving once again, they are bought and paid for by the Oil Industry, and are making complete fools of themselves.

    I hope this backfires, and every one of those folks gets booted out of office. I think the American People are smart enough to realize that drilling isn't the answer, and that grand standing during the congressional recess is a political stunt, that won't change anything for any one of us in the future.

    A compromise is in the works, and the Republican House Members need to go home and actually listen to their consituents, and see what they really want.

    If the media would leave... so would they.

    August 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Danny from OH

    Look at their faces. Where were the hypocrites the last 8 years? Now that they are fighting to be reelected, they know how to drill.

    August 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    That photo of the republicans does not look like a reflection of our country. They can sleep there in the house as long as they want to, it doesn't move me. Fool me twice, but never again. Go on vacation people! I'm voting Democratic this year.

    August 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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