May 17th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
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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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  1. Joyce

    These people are helping the Republican party??????? Only heaven can help them, if John Boehner thinks this is true. Cheney, Limbaugh and Gingrich only reinforce, the negative and idiotic voice of the Republicans. You can add Hannity and Beck to this list. I agree "Dems for Decades"!!!!!

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

    Please keep doing what you do Republicans, at this rate you won't see power again for the next 100 years.

    May 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Andy

    They are not hurting the GOP. If anything they are helping the GOP and this is scaring liberals.

    How do I know that? Well if Cheney was hurting the GOP by his statements, why would the Democrats violate Cheney's first amendment rights by telling him to shut up? They would want Cheney to speak all over the country.

    May 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. been there

    My god if John King doesn't have Cheney on then he has another blow hard republican. Where were these republicans and what was their reaction when these briefings came about? Oh by the way the "contract with america" was a bunch of lies that the republicans did to get into office, after they got their way, oh we can't do that as far as term limits because there is alot of experience in the "old timers", and the American people fell for the BS. Good plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lets see if the american people are as dumb as their were back in the 90's...

    May 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. RW

    "Come on down to the picnic, there's plenty of Kool-Aid".

    May 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. matt

    The problem with the republican part isn't that they haven't reached out enough; it's that they have sacrificed all the principles they supposedly believed in the name of compromise. Their base isn't going to show up at the polls when they see little difference between the republican candidate and the democrat. Limbaugh and Cheney are not the problem with the Republican party, the John McCain's of the party are.

    May 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Willow

    A better way forward John?

    Then why pick the losers from the past???????


    May 17, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Claudia in Houson

    When Cheney, Limbaugh and Gingrich speak of course they aren't hurting the GOP, they are just helping it remain the same. Nothing new just the same old white guys wanting to stay in power.

    May 17, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Mac

    Boehner,why don't you just go back to the salon and get your 'tan' on? Leave the destruction of the Republican Party to the professionals.

    May 17, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. OBL

    What if Cheney's right?

    May 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. David

    I love the fact that the Repubs think people like Rush, Hannity, Jindal, Cheney, and Palin are helping them. With these faces as the spokespersons for the Republican party, the Democrats will stay in power indefinately. I love it.

    May 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. w.l. jones

    I have seen it rain on one side of the house and Sun shining on the other. Just because a person might be in a room you cannot prove what he or she heard. If Ms Pelosia said she didnt here what were said I think have take her word for it.

    May 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. jake

    whatever they think is fine, but im not a republican anymore and i can say i am not the only one. everyone that i know that was a republican either is a disgruntled republican voting democrat or not a republican at all anymore. If you dig yourself into a hole, the best way to dig out is to dig at a 45 degree angle up until you get out, not a 45 degree angle down

    May 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. joann

    They aren't hurting the GOP, as long as the GOP wants to be known as the party of fanatic, fundamentist radicals...

    May 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. LarryK

    "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."

    Why does Mr. Boehners statement make me laugh and think the GOP is treading down the path of GM and Chrysler?

    May 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Buddy Gilmour

    Wrong. Please allow me to explain: People dislike Cheney because he isn't shy about letting you know that he considers himself superior to everybody else. People dislike Rush because he makes his living stirring up political and racial hatred. People dislike Newt because he's a slimy opportunist who divorced his first wife (he's now on his third) on her deathbed. Oh, and as for Rove, people dislike him because he's a non-stop liar and master manipulator. Does that help clarify things for you?

    May 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. JD

    Boehner is correct. We need more people like Limbaugh and Cheney to clearly communicate the message of the GOP and force out the liberals in our ranks. Let's face it, liberal Republicans like McCain, Specter, Snow et al do nothing but advance their own personal agendas and that of the Democrat Party. When push comes to shove, they never support core GOP platform issues.

    So yes, Limbaugh and Cheney *are* helping. They're helping purge the GOP ranks of the enemies who seek to turn to Republican Party into little more than Democrat Lite.

    In closing, I'm shocked that the moderators here approved so many hateful and infantile remarks made against these stand-up conservatives. Talk about a new low.

    May 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    The 3 old white men are only helping your far right base Boehner. Your party is becoming a regional exclusive party that is only looking out for itself and not the American People. All you talk about is how can we regain power, not how can we make this country better for the greater good of the people. Bring something new to the table and maybe people might listen.

    May 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Alan

    While I think Boehner's comment is absurd, the Republicans aren't sunk yet. The Dems are working hard to match them in the public's level of disgust. Whether the Republicans come back sooner rather than later depends on whether the Dems in Congress will actually do what the people sent them there to do, rather than just snipe at the Republicans. I think the Dems may lose their advantage by shooting themselves in the foot. Pelosi's sure doing her best to help by shooting at her own feet.

    May 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Georgia Gal

    That is absolutely ludicrous and Boehner's statement just proves that right along with Cheney, Gingrich, Limbaugh, etc ... that he just doesn't get it. Yes, it may help with their base, but it helps with no other demographic, i.e., moderates and if they want to win elections, whether they want to admit it or not, moderates are what they need to win elections.

    May 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Tim in California

    Cheney is an extremist; he is dangerous to the world. He creates another extremists.

    May 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. patrick doyen

    Having Mo, Shemp and Curly out there is not, in any way, shape or form helping the republican party do anything other than continue to loose the interest of those who might have otherwise been interested in the party's philosophies. Then add Palin to the list and you've got continuing, uncompromising, never-ending political disaster. Republicans have already become a regional party, and using those old-hat, right of right wing champions to resurrect the party is like asking a walleye fisherman to start eating carp.

    May 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Sara

    Listening to Boehner with a straight face, John King could have been forgiven had he chosen to offer a couple of bridges in NYC for sale to the esteemed Leader of the Minority.

    Between Darth Vader and the two Fat Boys (AKA Dick, Rush, and Newter) taking their dog and pony show to anyone will listen to them, the embarrassment that is Michael Steele,and the obviously oblivious Mr. Boehner, the GOP reminds me of nothing so much as the ant hill I disturbed in my rock garden this morning. I feel vaguely sorry for them, and wish they would just crawl back under their rocks and not cause me any more trouble.

    May 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. deb in Glenside

    I think we need to be careful not to allow these two to speak for conservatism. 3 Xs divorced Rush railed agaist drug abusers saying they should all be in prison for life while he himself was illegally abusing drugs while Newt, also married 3 times, dumped his first wife while she was in the hospital fighting cancer due to an affiar then had the nerve to demand Clinton be impeached for Monica while he now admits he was having an affair at the same time with the woman who is now his third wife. Please get people speaking up who are walking the walk. None of us are perfect but it is shameful to go on a soap box about the sanctity of marriage and famiy values when you have such a recent history.

    May 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Scary Bob

    Actually, John, keep up the good work. Us moderate Reps and Dems out here are basking in the multitude of successes of the Obama administration, and it's only been 120 days or so.

    Don't forget to get Palin in front of the camera more too. PLEASE. You betcha. And also

    May 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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