Boehner faces own challenges at beginning of Obama's second term
January 19th, 2013
06:40 PM ET
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Boehner faces own challenges at beginning of Obama's second term

Washington (CNN) - As speaker of the House, John Boehner faced battles on two fronts during his first term: fights with President Barack Obama on a series of high-profile fiscal issues, and internal skirmishes with conservative rank-and-file Republicans who openly defied him because they didn't think he was doing enough to cut spending.

And as Obama takes the oath of office and begins to address the challenges of his second term, his on-again, off-again negotiating counterpart faces his own set of challenges in the coming weeks.

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  1. Jerubbaal

    Boehner no longer commands the authority in his own conference to push anything through that is not of an absolutist or extreme position, so how can he be considered a negotiating partner. He has been neutered and rendered useless. That is why he punts everything to the Senate or caves. He concocts these useless machinations that has no chance in he!! of providing him even a sliver of the imaginary leverage that he seeks.

    January 19, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Each time I am remined of that now famous dinner wherein they plotted to destroy the POTUS and in turn, the American people, I expect NOTHING less from this group of unAmerican thugs. They have nor have they ever had, any intention of working with this president. Not now, not ever. They don't care if this country and everyone in it goes to the bread lines just as long as they can remain loyal to Norquist and hold tight to THEIR brand hatred for this particular president. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is in for a rude awakening. In fact, I think the next four years with the TP republicans will be even worse (if possible) than the past four. After all, they didn't get to achieve what they set out to do, and they must get it done this time around. I only hope they know we are watching and we'll reward them accordingly in 2014 for their evil deeds.

    January 19, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess he has a real reason to cry... He can't get his caucus to support him completely. The majority leader, Eric Cantor, might be coming up to take the slot if he could.

    January 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Yes he does. How can you say no to all that money coming from special interest groups, and still have your hand out to them at the same time. But with congress being the poster children for hypocrisy, they'll make it work some how. They'll line their pockets, while the occupants of K-Street empty yours.

    January 20, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  5. Thomas

    John Boehner must love his job ?

    January 20, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  6. M

    Boehner's gonna need to step up fight facist right or get the boot.

    January 20, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |