September 15th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
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Hill Hallways: Boehner says 'not surprised' by results

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(CNN) - Despite primary election blows to Republican establishment candidates, House GOP Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is not surprised by the results.

"You have heard me talk all year about the rebellion that is going on in America. I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime," Boehner said Wednesday at his first weekly press conference since returning from the summer recess.

Boehner suggested intra-party skirmishes have subsided with the final primary elections of the season and he urged Republicans to embrace voters who propelled lesser known conservative candidates to victory over GOP party picks.

"Now that we're out of the primary season, all members and all of our candidates have to work closely with all of these Americans who are newly engaged in their government, " Boehner said. "We want to encourage American's to take an active role in their government because when Americans are engaged Washington listens."


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  1. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Now on to victory in November.... Leave no socialist, progressive DemocRAT in office. The future of the country depends on it!

    September 15, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    That's right Mr. Boehner there is a rebellion going on in America. Don't think it is aimed solely at Democrats. The Republicans are just as much at fault for the crisis this nation is in today.
    This rebellion is aimed at the status quo of Congress and many of you and your fellow republicans along with the democrats will be "Fired" this November.
    Congress better start representing the people once more!

    September 15, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Alex

    Wait, wait wait!

    You want American's to take an active role in the government? But don't you want smaller government? So, ergo, you want American's to have less of a voice when it comes to regulating, right?

    Pick one! Either you want Americans to be active in their government and have a say in how the country is run, or you want the government, and therefore the people's voice, to be small and not get in the way of your corporate greed.

    September 15, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Whatever

    I love that Repubs/O'Donnell/Tea Party are acting as if Delaware is a done deal and she will win and they will have the majority. She talked like she won the general election. Loved her 1999 interview on MTV. Hmmmm... there were less than 75,000 votes cast. Even the repubs didn't turn out unless that is all that is there. There are more voters than that in the state and I believe that they will turn out and not vote her in.

    Nothing would surprise me. They are comparing her to Regean!!! I must LOL on that point!!!! Primary wins do not guarantee you the general election win. I look forward to 11/2/10. What a show we will see...

    September 15, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. water bearer

    Scramble, Boner, scramble Let me just say that as a life-long Democrat, I'm just giddy about the new TeaPublican party! :-)

    September 15, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Sadie

    But you Republicans have said all along that the people of this country are rebeling aganist Obama and the Democrats.....it seems that the People of this country are rebeling against the Republicans as well.......you have went to bed with your enemies (Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, and you have let them create their own monsters) now you have to either embrace them.....or getting the Cojonies (as Palin would say) and get your party back because America isn't going to stand for these UNKNOWNS that have extreme radical views about our Govenment take it over.......

    September 15, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. michael tampa

    Wait until they get elected and you can't control them Boehner, that will be your just rewards. These people have no idea what they are doing and will stop your agenda in its tracks (if you get control) so keep talking tan man, I suspect your day is coming lol.

    September 15, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. sick&tiredoftheGOP

    who does boehner thinks he's kidding? LMAO!!!

    September 15, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. DIANA

    Guess what orange man, it's a rebellion in your own party. The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    September 15, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. a in austin

    The rebellion appears to be your own party!!! Perhaps they are tired of their reps/senators being bought out by corporate America. I have yet to hear anything about how they plan to create jobs (besides outsourcing them and giving tax credits to the companies that do). Tell us your plan!

    September 15, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. The Other Dale

    More like Americans engaged in hysteria than government. Does Boehner realize this is only cutting down his own team – as most of the Tea Party people are Republicans who are sick of their own status quo – and not the general public?

    September 15, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Cindy

    "I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime,"

    Bull. More Americans were engaged in 2008. You strategized to kill that spirit for your own party's gain.

    Good luck controlling your uncontrollables.

    September 15, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. george from alaska

    of course he's not suprised. his crew is running the show. A typical tea party operation entails an out of state group with shady resources spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on last minute tv & radio ads full of blatant lies and floods residents with slanderous robocalls. In alaska they even managed to get a ridiculous abortion notification referendum on the ballot to skew the turnout and elect a bitchy little man who called our current state senator lisa murkowski a "prostitute". the tea party is the modern day equivalent of a fascist movement that feeds on public frustration, fear & anger to hijack the government with a wolf in sheep's clothing extremist regime. fight it now or fight it later. Nip it in the bud before this republican scam gone haywire disease spreads and sickens us all.

    September 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The gop does not care about any one unless yournld and rich

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. The reality is...

    What many don't realize is: the Tea Party is the new silent majority. I read a comment by one blogger, recently, suggesting only old folks with nothing to do were at the Tea Party rallies. Time to realize the other 98% are not attending the rallies because they are either working or catching up on time with the family. If the established Republican Party doesn't get with the new program the Tea Party will do fine without them. Proof is in the primaries...and that's without the Independents.

    September 15, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Rebellion? I think it has more to do with courting the fringe elements all these years. It's finally caught up with the GOP. And might I add it could not have happened to a more deserving group.

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. mms55

    the only rebelion going on is in the republican party.they think they know what americans want but they don't.not all americans think like these tea party idiots.

    September 15, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Snow

    The Tea Party is going to return the Republican Party to its core values which is being Conservative. The Tea Party is more than happy to give RINO's and liberals one way tickets from DC back to their home states. That is the gift we give to the country and ourselves.

    September 15, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Julie C

    Yes, there is anger for sure and in large part due to the media itself and the effectivenss of the GOP backed by Koch, Murdoch, and all their big money to promote that anger via Fox News, etc. Anger and rage sell in this country. But when it gets down to important decisions, we'd better use our heads and not our anger. I'm voting for those who support the middle class, small business, pro-choice, and the environment. That all but rules out anyone from the GOP. Extrememists, like Palin and her merry "grizzlies" (sorry to insult to real grizzlies) are great to excite the masses, but they are dangerously wrong for this country unless we want to take giant strides backwards. They preach "individual freedom from big government" yet they are the first to tell us how to manage our private lives and our bodies. They support only their own agendas. No thanks.

    September 15, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Why is CNN trying to sensationalize what are otherwise not all that impressive victories? People think the Tea Party is some big contender that's overturning government as we know it. This ignores the fact that over 90% of incumbents who ran for re-election won their primaries so far. (guess what's going to happen in November as well) The Tea Party didn't even run/back any candidate in most elections. Also, while there were a couple of highly publicized upsets, most of the Tea Party backed candidates were actually also the republican establishment backed candidates. The Tea Party's victories are but a few percentage of the whole, and many of those victories themselves are victories for the establishment too.

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. vic, Nashville TN

    Boehner Tea Party will target you soon

    September 15, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Rebellion? Hahahahahaha...nothing gives those right wing whackjob pseudo-militia-daycamp tinfoil helmetheads a bigger boehner than encouraging their delusional fantasies of "freedom fighting" with rhetoric calling to mind the American Revolution, Civil War and the Cold War fear that marred their childhoods, eh Orange Julius? Good for you...you learned how to manipulate angry under-educated fools. Gold star for today.

    September 15, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Ricky

    I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime," Boehner said Wednesday. Guess he forgot about the Vietnam War days when people were REALLY involved to a degree seldom seen today.

    September 15, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. diridi

    Does this idiot know that this win is a bad sign for ensuing elections, when people know that GOP is the biggest back lag for cheating and corruptions for the last 10 years....who created this entire mess in American History.....what a pitiful idiot...

    September 15, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Maybe your own Party wouldn't have to rebel against the Republican establishment if you spent more time with your district constituents and less time smoking and downing gin tonics with your Big $ lobbyist cronies.

    September 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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