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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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Larry S

    As usual, most of the comments from the liberal side are lacking in intelligence and no facts. It show the main thing the demos have is their comments of hatrid . . . it is amazing that so many democrats like this sort of hate agenda.

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

    Wow, educated Americans would say that those 3 liers are hurting his party more than any current DNC what world can he not see this?

    May 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. B Obama

    thats folks for supporting me, listen , you will need to help keep me in office for awhile longer. i just found out that not all my friends got enough money last go around so lets print more! so keep america focused on other things while i'm robbing the middle american of all thier wealth. so thanks to all you gullible young folks out there, youll be paying forever and ever. remember that being in debt is the amiercan way- excuse me i have a speech here at ND to give,
    enjoy the depression and dont worry i'll be fine. BO

    May 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Monty Burns, Springfield

    Sounds like whistling in the dark as you walk past the graveyard.

    May 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. BMS in NC

    I am so relieved to hear Boehner say this; it proves that President Obama will be able to spend every minute of the next four years dealing with the business of the country, because he won't have to spend one minute preparing for the 2012 election – the repubs will hand it to him on a silver platter.

    Speaking of the listening-no-not-listening-but-teaching-tour, what pizzeria are Cantor and Co. appearing at this weekend – 'cause I missed the memo on that one?

    May 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. CEL

    Those two guys are killing what is left of the Republican Party. It is now time to do away with the two party system in favor of an open system where a candidate runs on his/her own platform and does not owe allegiance to any party, only to the American People and what the majority wants done. Enough is enough.

    May 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. RJJH

    Boehner is clueless if he thinks having a spewing lard of hate Limbaugh and a Newt who recycles the same old crap the RebubliNocan's have been peddling for years does not hurt the RepubliNocan party.

    May 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. John in Tampa

    The problem with wanting things to never change, is that they do. Science reduces death rates at all ages so there are more of us, putting pressure on resources and making competition for them appear uglier. Science also improves communication so that everyone can now tune into and understand the political debates.

    By just rotten timing, this is when 'laissez faire' has come to look naive at best, and much else that is traditionally Republican-the every man for himselfness of it-just does nothing for the majority. Healthcare just cannot be faced alone any more.

    Republicans must move left because that is where the solutions are. Or be content to sniff about their principles forever out of office, until they are all gone.

    May 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. AK1

    I think I see the hand of Carl Rove in here somewhere. You get these three radical right wingers to make a whole bunch of negative noise and the news covers it. Classic Rove attach strategy.

    Thus we never hear about the improving economy, health care reform and tax cuts (yes, the dems cut taxes – unless you made a few $100K).

    You don't hear the Dems crying about how the Reps ruined our economy, our credibility and our environment. (OK sometimes you do, but not nearly as much as you hear the Reps complain about everything else).

    Thank God, Obama doesn't engage in all the "idiocracy". He's working full time on getting this country back on its feet. That's something I don't think I have ever seen a Rep do – they just tear it down.

    May 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Karmadave

    These guys are delusional. Yes. Yes. Keep presenting Cheney and Limpbaugh as the voice of the Republican Party. Every time these guys open their mouths, they remind people why we elected Obama.

    May 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Bill in Austin

    What else could he say? He didn't want to face the outrage of Boss Limbaugh and have to back down on his statements. From a Dem's standpoint, let these old relics from the past keep leading the party. Look where it has got them so far.

    May 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. ottercliff

    Of course Mr. Boehner is going to say that Rush Limbaugh is good for the party. It saves him from issuing the inevitable apology tomorrow.

    May 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. amer_icon

    Cheney, Lushbag helping to keep the hard-core GOP-aligned from running over to the Libertarian party.

    They're certainly not semaking new sales on GOP-poop.

    May 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. David

    They know how to start a war and screw everything else up. Stay out of those tanning beds, it's frying yor brain.

    May 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Nate Wunderman

    John Boehner is as publicly damaged a spokesman for the GOP brand as their other putative "leaders," Dick Cheney (5 draft deferments during Vietnam chicken hawk), Newt Gingrich (do as I say, not as I do), & Rush Limbaugh (competing with Anna Nicole Smith in the pill popping sweepstakes). As long as they and their new poodle, Eric Cantor, & their clown, Michael Steele, are the ones delivering the pitch (instead of Megan McCain & Ron Paul), they will become intimately familiar with the law of diminishing return as they join their fore bearers, the Whigs, into historical oblivion.

    May 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Ben

    wow now that is some serious denial...someone has a lot of anxiety trying to escape through a neurotic defense mechanism of the ego

    if anything these three "people" I use the term loosely are hurting his party by a lot

    May 17, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Tom in California

    Boner is a complete space cadet. He and Nancy P. should forma a club.

    May 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Shelley DeJonge

    Limbaugh, Boehner, Cheney–If they are the three stooges of the Republican Party, then our founding fathers were also members of the same. These brilliant individuals are trying to lead the spoiled, blind, back to light of reality and to the wisdom of our Constitution. It is a hard fight worth fighting. They must prevail. There is no alternative. I personally , will not stand by and watch the destruction of this country through apathy, ignorance, corruption, and immorality. People will learn the truth. It is only a matter of time. We are patient.

    May 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Chad

    Let's be honest here. What else is he going to say?

    May 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Robert

    Hmmm. Cheny and Limbaugh, two guys my age who somehow missed that war we had way back then, though eager to make new ones and send yet more others. I'm one of the guys who went in their place. Colin Powell was quite right when he described their ilk as "having never been in a bar fight." Indeed. Now they're screaming like girls. I love it.

    May 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. athomasr

    They should call it the contract to impoverish America. These guys have and will sell us out again. They are like life long criminals that can't help themselves. They sit back and laugh at the people stupid enough to buy this crap and say "see I told you we could do it again".

    May 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. AJ

    Boehner is of the same ilk as Cheney, Gingrich, and Limbaugh so why on earth would he speak against them?
    He and his little band of bigots ARE the republican party. Their ignorance and hatred is shared by all other republicans. These people are evil and corrupt, just as are the people who support them.

    May 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Jay from AZ

    Wow, he thinks people in their 20's, 30's and 40's want to hear their rhetoric. They think were in the 1950's again. The republican party needs to adjust a little if they want my support. The democratic party needs to tighten up their values also.

    May 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. WanderSF

    Sadly for Republicans, these idiots really do represent what's left of the G.O.P.

    May 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Ronald Harris

    half of the country is still very conservative, you liberals just can't stand anyone who is conservative. You won so get over it.

    May 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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