May 17th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich not hurting GOP, Boehner says


WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Republican Party struggles to right itself after being caught up in rough political seas, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday a slew of recent and sometimes controversial comments and media appearances by a trio of high-profile Republicans is helping his struggling party.

“Having these voices out there, it doesn’t hurt us, it helps us,” Boehner told CNN’s John King on State of the Union when asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“If we’re going to show the American people that we’ve got a better way forward, having a chorus of voices out there, I think is helpful to our effort,” added the Ohio Republican.

The GOP congressional leader had no illusions about how much work his party has to do.

“We’ve got a long way to come back. We’ve had two disastrous election cycles.”

And Boehner praised the National Council for a New America, a recent GOP effort spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor that is intended to rebrand the GOP and help it reconnect with voters.

“All the wisdom in America isn’t found here in Washington, DC,” Boehner said of the new GOP group. “There’s nothing wrong with going out and listening to the American people, sharing our principles, trying to find ways to address the concerns of the American people. But address those concerns with solutions, solutions that are built on Republican principles. So, I think this dialogue is important.”

Boehner left open the possibility that in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, the GOP might use something like Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America” to brand its message to voters.


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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Charlie in Maine

    No your right you guys are fine. That is if you don't mind turning the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower into an exclusive club of idiots that is 2 miles deep and 1/2 inch wide.

    May 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Dave

    This shows how "out of touch" John Boehner is. He thinks people WANT to see or hear from these THREE EVIL STOOGES ! ! ! The Republican Party will not become relevant again until they abandon their failed policies, distance themselves from the "radical right", admit they were the cause of our Economic Nightmare, and START helping to fix it ! ! !

    May 17, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    LOL, yeah, right....

    May 17, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Denise

    It works both ways. The GOP can just as easily be asked to show proof Pelosi is lying as it is for Pelosi to show proof she is truthful. Why not just lay the evidence out once and for all? Then the public will know.

    May 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Dave from Jacksonville

    Do not forget, the "Contract with America" failed because Gingrich and co. didn't follow through with any of the agreements. They lied to gain power in congress.

    May 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Curtis in WI

    Boy, is he out of touch with reality.

    May 17, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Denise

    They most cetainly are. When Cheney sides with the over weight, bigoted, hate spewing, pill poping Limbaugh over the gracious, honest, sincere man who fought in Nam? Spare me!

    May 17, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    good ol boys play together and sleep together .. Boehner needs to go back to the people that voted him into office ..he may find out they do not agree with him at all.

    what a finger pointing jerk.. I am ashamed of people like him .

    and CNN is really looking more like FOX news

    I understand why . because fox is loosing its base of people watching the crap show. business is business . CNN will pickup a large group of listeners.

    May 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. The Party of NO stood by calmly as the shrub raped and pillaged America, why should we listen to you now?

    Whew! I thought he might take this chance to denounce the head of the Party of NO, limbaugh, but, we Dems are still safe he still the head of the snake, I mean party.

    Gringrich's 1994 message? Yeah a 15 old message that's just the ticket!

    These clowns will nevver learn, so it is "Dems for Decades"!

    May 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Marge

    bULL of course the MSM again rolls over to have the republicans rub their tummies. I can not for the life of me understand, with all the crap the republicans have done, how they have ruined the economy, send millions and millions of jobs overseas and made our name the scrouge of the world, how in the world could the press still follow them and kiss butt.

    Obama is crazy if he bails the newspapers out. They are all republican owned and they just want to be bailed out so they can continue to slam and lie about the democrats. ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH

    All you heard when bush was appointed by the supreme court and the people wanted an investigation, was get over it you lost. WELL OBAMA WON, HE WON BY GETTING THE MOST VOTES. He won by people really truly voting for him. So republicans get over it and shut up.

    And this is me, who did not vote for Obama and thought Hillary would have made a better president. But he is in the white house now and it is time the republicans shut the heck up.

    May 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Longhorn7

    Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich not hurting GOP, Boehner says: What a comment. Why was Lil Bush including in this list. Of course these people would hurt any party. They are nothing but, liars, drugheads, backshooters and one Ginrich has already been thrown out of their party. Why should anyone in a barnyar full chickens barefooted listen to their crap.

    May 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. yeah right

    I'm sorry but if this were the case, you'd have a lot more people being a proud conservative rather than leaving it. They should really test this theory, take cheney and rush out of the picture and put Colin as the voice of conservatives. We'll see if it makes a difference.

    May 17, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. gobama

    As a democrat i hope u ane those other idiots never shut up. u r making this too easy 4 obama and 4 that the rest of da world thaks u.

    May 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Sean the thinker

    Oh now c'mon !!!!! Does anyone really believe that House Minority Leader John Boehner would condemn the actions of President Dick Cheney, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh?

    If he did the Democrats would capitalize on it and it would create more in-fighting amongst the Republicans.

    May 17, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Ken in Albany

    I'm not sure that House Minority Leader John Boehner gets it yet. If he thinks that VP Dick Cheney's continually pointing out how the past administration ha made this country safer at the same time that revelations that the pentagon was hacked into over a 2 year period and information was stolen that could jeopardize American security is not hurting the GOP's creditbility he is wrong. He thinks that Americans will not have noticed that the size of the Federal Government increased two fold with the creation of the Office of Homeland Security in stark contrast to the GOP plank of a smaller government, he is wrong.

    If he thinks that the GOP trying to re-brand itself as an inclusive organization at the same time that Rush is excluding those 'different voices' from the party is helpful, he is wrong. If he thinks that the GOP can call for less intrusive government at the same time it wants to be involved in at the federal level in State Marriages and backdoor loopholes around abortion, he is wrong.

    The credibility of being the fiscal responsible party is in contrast with the actions of the last 8 years. The creditability of the whole nation is now at question, internationally, with the disclosure of the waterboarding practices that lead to the faulty information which in turn lead to this ongoing billion dollar a month war in Iraq. This was GOP's doing and there needs to be unity within the party.

    May 17, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. jason, tx

    wow, Boehner really doesn't have a clue.

    May 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Republicans are the American Taliban

    “If we’re going to show the American people that we’ve got a better way forward, having a chorus of voices out there, I think is helpful to our effort,” added the Ohio Republican

    So where is the new budget the Republicans promised last week...that 17 page coloring book isn't really it is it?

    May 17, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. JOHN

    Has been's all!

    May 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Annie

    Boehner is clueless, except maybe about spray on tans. Does he also think it's a good idea for his party to get together and waste time re-naming the Democratic Party. I never realized how little the Republican Party actually cares for the people they represent, and apparently the people who keep voting for them haven't realized it yet. It's shameful. But if he thinks these idiots out there with their tongues wagging week after week is a good thing, I'm all for it.

    May 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. scott

    Can you believe this guy. This character is just as dangerous as Cheney, Bush and Limbo. I mean i hope that the average American people dont believe this guy. Lets see here; Right radicals lied for 8 years and their still yet lying. Boy; the Dems is got their job cut out for themselves. America and its indepedant people sees right through these guys. Mr. Obama had better stick with the truth; if he wants to be elected for another 4 years, because if you have got congress lying along with a president, surley the American people will vote these characters out of office come next election. I believe it is time to vote all of them out and vote new ones in, because the ones we got in there now does not know how to run a country. Right wingers; could it be greed; left wingers; could it be immorals.

    May 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Kat

    It's not the style, it's the content.

    May 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. DL

    Sometimes I wonder what planet these guys really are from.

    May 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Dave from Jacksonville

    This shows how "out of touch" John(Boner) Boehner is. He actually thinks the American People WANT to see or hear from "THE THREE EVIL STOOGES" !!! The Republican Party will never become relevent again until they abandon their failed policies, distance themselves from the "Radical Evangelical Right", admit they caused our current "Economic Nightmare", and, most of all, START HELPING TO FIX THEIR MESS !!!

    May 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Dexter Skagway

    Until these proven losers of the old guard and their bile-and-venom strategy are put out to pasture, the Republican party will be a zombie, dead but still moving around.

    The first thing the Republicans need to develop is the ability to see people who disagree with them as neighbors, Americans, and colleagues, not traitors, unAmericans, socialists, terrorist-siders, and all the other overblown hate that too many of them actually have taken to heart. Sadly, the Democrats are falling into this slobber themselves.

    Next, they need to create a set of actual ideas, because at the moment the only idea they have is "liberals are evil."

    Finally, they need to ditch these hideous carnival freaks like Limbaugh, Coulter, Palin, Gingrich, and Cheney.

    OR . . . . . a new moderate party is going to come along and leave the Republicans a permanent minority party of hate-and poison extremist fundamentalist "real conservatives." This option would be best for America, but sadly, it is unlikely to happen.

    May 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. ED FL

    Torturer Cheny, druggie limp d–k Limbaugh, GOP alley cat Gingrich now on his third wife are examples of why the GOP has to go to the extreme to let a tanning booth [advertisement ] like Bohner get into the position that he holds show the lack of decay in the GOP . What a group of losers, and they hope to regain some type of dignity in politics. GOOD LUCK!!!!!! you will probably lose twenty more house seats and five more Senate seats in 2010. Keep up the good work

    May 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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