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. some guy in New Hampshire

    Boehner is just one more party hack who puts party, party, party ahead of country, ahead of the quality of ideas, and ahead of the character and quality of people. Republicans are always correct. Republicans must triumph. Republicans never have any problems. Party - and especially party image - uber alles.

    May 17, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Limbaugh and Cheney are helping the GOP....... pack their things and leave the building.

    May 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Jon Anderson

    Why do the left-wingers get so worked up about Limbaugh and Cheney speaking out? Is it because they genuinely want to help the GOP reclaim their power? Anyone who believes this is a fool. If Limbaugh and Cheney were causing harm to the Republican cause, the left would ENCOURAGE them to continue. Why do they do the opposite? Because they are AFRAID of these opinions and want them silenced. If you can't understand something so simple, you are incapable of independent thought.

    May 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Coherent1

    Okay. If believing this makes you warm and fuzzy, then, okay.

    May 17, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Pel

    Liberal Democrat.

    I agree with Congressman Boehner. Keep the Right Wingers out front for the Repugs. Let the American people continue to see how narrow they are in vision.

    I can see now that the 2010 elections will be great for the Democratic Party.

    May 17, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Craig

    Love this! Lumbug and Cheney are extremists who need to keep talking and showing how outrageous they truly are.

    On one hand we have Cheney who should be in jail over the lies that caused America to go into Iraq. He now has the blood of thousands of people on his ugly hands. This is the same chicken who didn't serve in our armed forces! Keep talking Dickie Boy!

    Now we have Lumbug....this drug addict has grown more outrageous and has turned off many of his followers who now see him for what he truly is.....a man who would have fit in as another Herman Goering. Hell he even looks like Herman! I bet he even goosesteps in time to Wagner!

    Keep talking gentlemen!

    May 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Susan

    I disagree. Cheney should be in jail waiting for a war crimes trial and Rush has burned his brain from too many drugs. They are hurting the Republicans and are both a sore upon this nation.

    May 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Adam

    There are 2 main reasons I no longer consider myself a republican: Palin and Limbaugh. Also, republicans claim to be pro-capitalism and pro-Christianity, but at the same time the advocate policy that benefits business at the expense of the rest of the population (corporate welfare, bailouts under the bush administration, protectionism, and the list goes on and on) and privatized health care. What would Jesus do? Feed the hungry, care for and comfort the sick and dying, etc. Not to mention the vast spillover benefits associated w/ a healthy population, which gives justification for smart, efficient government regulation. Of course, this conversation requires a formal education in economics, something that most republicans don't understand.

    May 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Larson

    As a republican that voted democrat last election, Rush Limbaugh must go. He is DISGRACE every time he opens his mouth.

    May 17, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Antionette from Florida

    What planet is Boehner on? Personally as a Democract, I hope this ridiculous discourse continues.

    May 17, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Peter

    Is he stupid?

    May 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich, or Wanda Skyes and Janeane Garofalo................I think I'll stick with the first group.

    May 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. bbear

    I'm amazed at most of these comments. Seems like most of these comments come from the typical left, Hate and intolerance for any view but their own.

    May 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    WHY isnt Limbaugh in JAIL? He got busted for drugs.. believe me, if I did that or YOU did that.. we would be in jail.. Cheney and him should share a cell!

    May 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. ExRepublican

    if you folks think that Limbaugh/Hannity/Coulter are helping the Republican's party cause, then you are probably a little delusional. These folks have marginalized the party, and driven out tons of right-center voters. I believe that the reason McCain lost was because he abandoned his maverick role, and tried (along with that moron Palin) to appeal to the conservative base. The guy didn't realize that he got the nomination only because he was a moderate Republican, and he abandoned all this, and went right-wing nutjob on us. Hence his loss. So, if you're a right wing crackpot, then I'm sorry for youl

    May 17, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Peter E

    I left the republican party because of the neocon policies of Cheney and Limbaugh. This isn't real conservatism. Back in my day the republican party stood for real conservative principles of limited government, non-interventionism, and respect for privacy. Thanks to the neocon leaders and their cheerleaders of the Bush years the GOP has become indistinguishable from the democrats by becoming big government spenders themselves, only paying lip service to conservatism, while not actually practicing any of its tenets. I will only return to the GOP when they've thrown these hijackers out and returned to real conservatism!
    Ron Paul 2012!

    May 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Ross

    I'm ashamed that Boehner is from my state. At least I have the satisfaction of knowing I didn't vote for him.

    May 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Brandon from Albuquerque

    This is the chance the Libertarians have been waiting for to actually become one of the major political parties.

    May 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Dirk in Colorado

    More and more people agree; the Republican party needs to reorganize and reinvent itself in a tremendous way if it ever wants to become relevant again. Part of this process will include getting rid of these "old school", hate-mongering, "my way or the highway", close-minded, pill-popping, self-serving, (drop your term in here) idiots that have been allowed to shape, steer, and become the voice of the GOP. Since there is no way they are going to go willingly, it will take some sort of internal civil war to get rid of them. This should keep the Democrats in power for a while.

    May 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Niles

    Limbaugh, Cheney, and company are irrelevant. Limbaugh was an old windbag when I was in college; twenty years later, the world has moved on and he hasn't. Unfortunately, there is a wheezy old contingent of the party that thinks he still makes sense. I say we move on without them. The GOP needs new blood and new ideas; we need our own version of Obama – young, smart, articulate, and charismatic. Lets replace the bombast with some substance and character.

    May 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Emo Rej

    How very sad indeed are these Republicans. They have only one interest and that is power for themselves. They do not care about the less fortunate and the needy of this country. The gang of 3 just keep on churning the same old garbage again and again.

    Here we have a President who is trying to make things better for the country and you have this continuing opposition and desire to bring him down. How totally unpatriotic, irresponsible and immature.

    Surely the there have to be a few folks in this party who have more sense and integrity. Hopefully they will be out of power for many more years to come.

    May 17, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Reality

    It doesn't matter Republican, or Democrat. They are both way too far to the left. Just wait two more years. When the economy has collapsed world wide due to our debt. When money will be worthless, and even gold will be as useful as copper. When if you want to survive, you will have to raise chickens and grow your own food. Then it will finally dawn on the survivors as to what happens when you force citizens to support social agenda's. I pity you people that live in the cities, but still, it will be interesting to watch the collapse of humanity. (Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.) Things are about to get interesting folks. Good Luck!

    May 17, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. John John

    Boehner is as clueless and stupid (and stinking rich by playing to the low IQ racists) as Cheney and Limbaugh are!

    May you remain in political exile for the next 1000 years!!

    May 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Steve Van Loon

    Rush is the best voice out there. He makes perfect sense. The republican party has tried moving left, and being bi-partisan, with amnesty, bail outs, and big spending; how can you tell them from the democrats? We need to go back to being who we are. After the full fledged socialist, Keynesian approach from real democrats fails, as it inevitably will, the ideas of Rush, and the right guys will provide the antithesis of socialism which is free market capitalism, and that is what made America great in the first place!...........YEA!!!

    May 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Tannim

    Sometimes the Bonehead is best to shut up, like 24/7.

    Yes, Darth Cheney, Lush Phlegmball, and Kermit the Newt are helping the GOP–if by helping you mean digging the grave faster.

    Ah, well, the Libertarian Party will be there to fill the middle void once the GOP dies and the DP arrives at its extreme-left destination...

    May 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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