November 3rd, 2010
04:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Speaker-in-waiting Boehner eager to see 'this institution function again'

(CNN) - It has to be one of the least attractive jobs in the world, given the economy and partisan vitriol, but Rep. John Boehner says he's ready to take the House helm even if he doesn't have all the answers.

Boehner, who with Tuesday's political sea change is poised to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker in January, will likely face a White House with veto power and a hostile Democratic Senate.


Filed under: 2010 • John Boehner
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. William

    Thank God we have a check finally on Obama. That was scary and the business community was downright terrified. WE are hiring requests flying in my business today and I know that owners and executives are going to okay new spending. This gives certainty whereas before it felt like we were trying to emulate how businesses are mistreated in Europe.

    November 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Hows that 60 seat super majority working out for ya???"

    Comments like that just prove me right by showing that the only thing, the ONLY thing, that mattered above all else to the GOP and conservatives for teh past 2 years was gaining back control.

    Hint: Hey, genius, the 60 seat supermajority was the "american people have spoken" in 2008 and the GOP's reponse was to ignore it and do everything in their power to prevent the Dems from doing what they were put there to do.

    November 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Chris - Denver

    If we want to stave off the decline of our republic, we'd better stop focussing on choosing up sides and start learning how to live together. Boehner is not talking like someone who wants the institution to function again. He said he has a clear mandate to repeal healthcare and make tax cuts for billionaires permanent. He has no such mandate. He has a divided government and a heck of an economic problem to solve. But thus far we've gotten only more of the same cynical political gamesmanship from the speaker-in-waiting that has as its only core purpose the consolidation of more power and more wealth. This is no way to go about healing our democracy. Mr. Boehner: I am disappoint.

    November 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That remains to be seen.

    November 3, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    In the words of rush limbaugh, "I hope he fails."

    November 3, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. annie s

    The people who STOPPED it from working were Boehner and his political party. My hope for the next two years? That Dems learn to say "NO" as effectively as the Republicans did

    November 3, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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