October 16th, 2013
03:42 PM ET
11 months ago

Some key conservatives say Boehner's safe

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner saw his own members repeatedly rebel and refuse to follow his strategy to avoid a partial government shutdown and go to the brink of a potential default.

Unable to persuade a bloc of conservatives to go along with a fight that has driven GOP poll numbers down, some are calling him one of the weakest House Speakers.

But Boehner received a standing ovation Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the entire House Republican conference.  And earlier in the day a couple of key conservatives Wednesday dismissed any notion that Boehner was on the verge of losing his job.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said "there's been absolutely no talk along those lines" when asked whether there were conversations about a leadership change.

Another conservative lawmaker defended Boehner.

"I've actually been very proud of Speaker Boehner the last two and a half weeks. I don't think that he should be ashamed of anything he has done," Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho told reporters.

Asked if he supports Boehner, GOP Rep Tom Massie of Kentucky, who frequently breaks with him, told reporters "he's our Speaker for this Congress."

Pressed if he'll be Speaker in the next Congress, Massie said "there's a lot of stuff that happens between now and then."

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report


Filed under: Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Jim Hahn

    "I've actually been very proud of Speaker Boehner the last two and a half weeks. I don't think that he should be ashamed of anything he has done," Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho told reporters.

    It's not what he's done its the huge amount of stuff, including leadership, that he HASN'T done.

    October 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    I'll bet you a dime to a dollar, that after the mid-terms roll around, he won't be the speaker of the house.

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. freedom

    ALL these folks need to be under OBAMACARE. Both sides of the aisle – period. Or – Obama needs to be called out on his favoritism to special interest groups and throwing the American people under the bus.

    October 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Chaerlotte

    Well – safe maybe until next November.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Americans see him as a weak leader and an obstructionist. His stint as House Speaker has done NOTHING to grow the economy, create jobs, help the less privileged or make us a stronger nation. He is a political hack who serves the corporate masters who fund conservative traitors. We will not forget him or his right wing den of thieves in the next election cycle.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Jules

    They're proud of what he has done (or better put, hasn't done) the last 2 1/2 weeks – a statement like that tells you that the GOP just keeps flushing their party down the toilet. GOP hero, Ronald Reagan would not even recognize the GOP of today.

    October 16, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Good. More Scotch and cigarettes on the Potomac, if I may vary Edwin M Stanton's description of George McClellan early in the Civil War.

    October 16, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. EatRunDive

    Congress can't get anything done because they are all looking over their shoulders at primary challenges.

    The answer is congressional term limits, and limit them to ONE.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Larry in Houston

    I'll bet you a dime to a dollar, that after the mid-terms roll around, he won't be the speaker of the house.
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    No one else wants that job. Despite the fact that the Tea Party was angry with him for breaking the Hastert Rule on a few occasions during his first term, no one else wanted to challenge him for the post in the current Congress. His job as Speaker is pretty secure. It's too bad that he hasn't figured it out yet.

    October 16, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Veritas

    Interesting that in this game of political chicken it was the Republicans who ultimately swerved rather than wreck the economy, while Democrats demonstrated they were willing to go all the way and default our debt in order to keep Obamacare. I guess that means the Democrats "won" but somehow I don't find that kind of victory very reassuring...
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    Interesting. And how did the Republicans end up swerving in the first place? By refusing to discipline a minority in their party that felt it was more important to create massive uncertainty in the economy rather than to admit they had lost the fight on the ACA. They never would have had to swerve had they simply accepted that the Heritage Foundation's unwanted stepchild was now law. They offered no alternatives or suggestions on modifying the ACA in good faith, only using them as a means of prolonging the inevitable. What is now inevitable is that they have rendered John Boehner impotent, and elevated a man who is great at arguing and short on solutions as their de facto leader, Mr. Cruz.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Cruz to the bottom

    Boehner has done a good job executing the extremist agenda, but it appeared to be done out of fear, not strength. America does not need to give in to the extremists now, we need to be moderate and measured at this point in history.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Fred Payne

    Of course he gets a standing ovation. The people applauding him are the same folks that have defied him and denigrated him for months. Now that they don't get their way and he is still impotent, why kill the goose. The minority controls him so why criticize. Simple politics, got who they want where they want. Applause all around.

    October 16, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. A Kickin' Donkey

    No one RESPECT John Boehner nor do they fear him. He has been the top Congressman for one of the most unproductive and overpaid HOUSE OF representatives in history. He would only be kept as Speaker because he is easily bullied & manipulated.
    If he were a REAL LEADER [and worthy of being 3rd in line for the Presidency [god forbid something should happen], he would have taken the past 30 days as an opportunity to rebrand the GOP from obstructionists to conservative that can govern. His "deal" with Obama should have been over conservative ENHANCEMENTS to the ACA; not towards forcing Obama to backbdown. He should have quietly agreed to comprtehensive immigration reform and then revealed the xompromise in a week or so when thje spotlight was off of tjhe CR/Debt Ceiling discussion and he should have brought clean bill to the floor for a vote. The GOPs stock would have risen.

    October 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. smith

    I wouldn`t get your hopes up about ol` Jon losing his job. The GOP is strong in the house just like the DNC is strong in the senate. No change until 2016. Three things will or might happend. First, the will happend- no more BO, sorry Obamaholics. Second the mights- first woman potus or vpotus or maybe awesome fat man as potus.

    October 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. chenry@hotmail

    Oh! No!
    This was the perfect time for beohner to cryyyyyyyyyyy
    He always cries for non issues Why not now!

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    The weakest SOH ever.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    More importantly, the Dems are now saying they will help him if he needs it. Hehe...I wonder why....LOL

    October 16, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. bill

    The GOP house has just played it's last card. They have now been rendered impotent. I cannot think of a scenario where they could have played this situation any more poorly.

    October 16, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Mr. Mister

    Nobody wants the job – that's why it's safe.

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. sly

    The Confederates lost again.

    Al Queda and all Democrats want to extend a huge thanks to all TeaBillies for committing political suicide. Al Queda wants to thank Republicans for weakening America.

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Lenny Pincus

    Boehner did what he was supposed to do: hold out until the last minute. In the end, it means nothing.

    The biggest Republican political disaster since Watergate

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Rob

    "But Boehner received a standing ovation Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the entire House Republican conference. "

    So basically a room full of crooks gave their head crook a standing ovation? Not something I'd be overly proud of.

    October 16, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. TomGI

    "Some key conservatives say Boehner's safe"

    Token at best. There are at least 3 shadow speakers actually calling the shots + one not even in Congress. Obviously, none are Ted Cruz. These cats are real power brokers.

    October 16, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. JacinJax

    Of course the far right loves him. He's done whatever the 30-40 tea party members of the House have wanted him to do. He doesn't have the guts to stand up to them so why would they want someone who might actually have worked across the aisle and kept this mess from happening.

    The Speaker of the House is supposed to be the leader of the whole House of Representatives not the mouth piece of 30-40 extremists. That's why you have the Majority Whip and the Minority Whip as the leaders of the respective parties and the Speaker is supposed to bring the two together. But that was before the Hasert Rule. That was when reasonable people could reasonably disagree and come together to find common ground to move forward–it was called being a Statesman.

    October 16, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. jj

    Safe until the Dems regain the House – hopefully very soon! Then we'll have a sensible Dem in charge.

    October 16, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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