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. Ranz Muhamnitz

    I hope that Cheney, Limbaugh, and Gingrich continue their good work for the Democratic Party. Thank you for assuring the Democratic Party of success. Mission Accomplished!

    May 17, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Ed

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

    Yes they are helping to destroy the GOP and do not care if America fails also. Hate and Greed Rules.
    Rush Limbuagh should run for President if the GOP think he is so great.

    May 17, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Josh

    The only way republicans can come back in on the back of Ron Paul, he is a true republican and the only one I would vote for as an Independent

    May 17, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. steveo

    what a convenient timing for this Boehner guy to chair his party.

    he couldn't have made it sometime in the past 8 years?

    how many amazing soundbites of Bush just saying the guys name did we miss out on?

    May 17, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Willie

    I was a lifelong republican until the last election where I voted a straight democratic ticket. The GOP seems to believe that the USA should be the policeman of the world and consequently starts wars all over the place which kills and injures thousands of our young men and women. They also believe in taking care of the rich at the expense of the poor, i.e. backing the big medical insurance and drug companies instead of helping lower the cost of health care for the poor and middle class. They have run our country into the ground economically and are responsible for the current recession. Finally they have allowed the brain washed right wing nuts to take full control of the party and run away all the others. I refuse to be in the party when air bags like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck are in charge.

    Willie, Greenville SC

    May 17, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Quarterback

    Bonehead doesn't know what he is talking about. I used to vote for the person not the party. But the way these idiots have become the American Taliban insures I will never vote Republicant again in my lifetime.

    Unless all GOP leadership commits mass hari kiri.

    In which I will be happy to assist them.

    May 17, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. John Murphy, Retired Army Officer

    They do not get it! How many election cycles do we have to go through? Enough already.

    May 17, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. George

    Yes! We need another "Contract On America"!! Gingrich and the GOP needs to take out another contract on America – maybe this time from the grassy knoll....

    May 17, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Peachy Keen

    Obviously, the entire Republican party has become delusional if they think Cheney and Limbaugh are helping them. People like Boehner think we are all a bunch of idiots.

    May 17, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Just the facts

    Surely, these prime examples of flotsam and jetsam, discarded from a political era long gone, do not seriously believe the citizenry is paying attention to this inane nonsense they preach. Rush, Boehner, the Dick, Newt and that rapidly diminishing crew of political "has beens" are exhibiting the traditional last gasp of relevance before they vanish unto the sunset.

    I suspect the 20010 election results will be the final nail in their political coffins.

    May 17, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Dennis F

    The 'Contract on America' did not fail. Look around and you can see what the GOP did to this country.

    May 17, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Joe

    I actually love the fact that he says this because every time little man syndrome rush opens his mouth the Democrats look good, and all he does is just keeping helping the Democrats look like the better party. I don't know when people who support this crazy right-wing whacko will take notice that he doesn't care about the country or any of his majority on uneducated listeners, all he cares about is making more money.

    May 17, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. No Incumbents in 2010

    I agree with Boehner...the answer is:
    Cheney/Limbaugh 2012 ! ! !

    May 17, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Missy in KY

    Ignorance is bliss as the ole saying goes.

    May 17, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. E-Man

    The Republicans are sooooo messed up. Of course they deserve it for destroying this country for the last eight years. Republican = Clueless, out of touch, IRRELEVENT.

    May 17, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Kelly

    As much as I disagreed with President Bush and his policies, I can honestly say that I can truly say that I respect him right here, right now for not coming out and speaking like these fools. I am beginning to wonder who was really calling the shots the last 8 years? Was it the President or these fools?

    Makes you wonder.

    May 17, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Sir Bob

    It's amazing to see a Democrat telling the Republicans HOW to think and speak... doesn't this strike you as odd?

    So, Republicans are only "successful" when they AGREE with Democrats? So what exactly is the point of having two parties?

    When one has an opposing view, the proper thing is to express it. Especially when we're talking about the future of this country!

    More of Limbaugh and Cheney please... and the only reason people think negatively of them, is because of the liberally charged media tells them to.

    May 17, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. rob

    sure they are! keep talking boys! ROTFLMAO.

    May 17, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. James from TN

    Keep talking, the more you talk the more we find out, the we don't trust, the more you won't be in our White House.

    May 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Annie Oakley

    Apparently boner is the only republicon the party feels comfortable having being an official spokesperson. The orange martian who sounds reasonbly sane as he repeats the absurd republicon talking points is the best they ahve to offer. They have to keep the others as far out of thepublic eye as possible – jindal the creepy Mr. Rogers - steele the younger clarnace thomas nut case, palin, well, nuff said. Who else are they going to have out there? boner is as sane as they have...disturbing.

    May 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. William in San Jose

    CNN, really.. 3 Boehner posts from the same interview? I've got a great idea! Why, when interviewing Republicans from the legislature, don't you ask for the Republicans' solutions to healthcare, the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, breaking international law, you know like stuff responsible "journalists" might ask? So far I see three fluff opinion pieces starring a bronzed hangover who talks through his ass. For shame, are all the journalilsts dead these days?

    May 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. dlk9584

    And that's why the republicans are in shambles.

    May 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Ryan (Charlotte)

    As a conservative, I will take Rush on my team any day. You guys can have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, John Murtha the list goes on and on. You see, what drives me crazy about liberals is their inability to think critically. Most liberals I talk to and see on television are like a bunch of mindless sheep. Conservatives on the other hand think using reason and logic not emotion. For example, I do not think Bush was a very good president, I like some things he did but for the most part do not consider his presidency a success. But here we have so-called legitimate media sources crowning Obama as the most intelligent, competent president we have ever had. He is the most leftist president this country has ever faced and truly believes in government more than the individual which is not what made this country great. If an overwhelming federal government was the way to success, we would have lost the cold war. I just hope America wakes up.

    May 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. change has arrived

    is he kidding??? no wonder the gop is all washed up, having limbaugh and cheney speak is like having a mill stone placed around their necks.

    May 17, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Drew

    I disagree.

    I'm a former Republican Party member who is now a member of the Libertarian Party. If the Republican Party wants to save itself, it needs to get rid of Limbaugh, Cheney, Gingrich, and all the other so called "conservatives" who are destroying the party that I knew and loved.

    I honestly can't see the Republican Party making major gains within the next 8 years or so, unless they really fix the damages that they have done to their image. This includes getting rid of all the fundamentalists and the neoconservatives.

    If the Republican Party wants to keep on blindly digging their grave, then so be it.

    May 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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