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.


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  1. keepstufingthis

    A white house with veto power and a hostile senate is still not as scary as facing Nancy Pelosi. Is he worried the crazy old witch will hit him over the head with the gavel (talking about Barney Frank, not Pelosi).

    November 3, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. action now

    First thing they need to do is stop oboma from going on his trip. We can not pay 2 billion dollars for his site seeing trip. Our elected officials need to take the keys for air-force-one away from this clown now!!! How many tax payers were unable to take their trips this year?? He needs to be in his office not sending post cards!!

    November 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. stevegee

    The voters spoke loud and clear, “Obama, take your foot off the gas and turn to the Right.”

    November 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Prediction for 2012:

    With all the TeaPartiers that won House seats, creating mayhem in the House. I predict that America will toss them out in 2012!

    Thanking God that we, held the Senate!

    November 3, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ action now: WHAT trip????????? And do YOU remember ALL of GW Bush's trips????????? Did YOU complain then???

    November 3, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    At least now we will be saved from the non-stop flood of trillion dollar Socialist bills that Pelosi sent streaming out of the House. That alone will settle Americans down quite a bit. It is now nice to have people in control of the house that care about the financial condition of this country. They also need to start dismantling Obozocare before it starts melting down the healthcare system in this country. And let's get some of those unapproved czars into Congress to see just what damage they have done!

    November 3, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. No More

    Congratulation is in order, Congratulations Mr. Boehner. I hope Sir, as new Speaker Of The House starting January 4, 2011, your house will pass a bill to DEFUND/REPEAL Obamacare. Make the Bush tax cut permanent from top to bottom. You need to cut corporate tax to 25% so we can compete with other countries like China and India. Due to our high corporate tax in USA, we're losing manufacturing jobs to countries like China and India with huge manpower, getting paid lower than American workers.

    It's foolhardy for us to think, we can continue with our high corporate tax and created jobs at home. The only way to decrease our debts is to stimulate our economy thru tax cut. I agree with newly elected Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky; " The government doesn't create jobs." We can make this country great again by giving decreasing corporate tax to 25%, continue tax cut for the rich, they're the one who has disposable income and ready to invest their money in our market to create jobs. Right now, their money is in tax shelter. Remove uncertainty, this country will move its gear again, putting Americans back to work.

    November 3, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Former South Carolinian

    I wish these guys would stop carping about the President's trip to India. He's going over there with a large number of company executives to encourage U. S. exports to India and, thereby, improve our job prospects here at home. Maybe you carpers would know that if you got your news from Newsweek instead of Faux News.

    November 3, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Only in politics we hire same people who broke the system

    John Boehner in 1994 contract with America took control of institution and broke it

    In 2010 pledge to America (they don’t know how to fix it )so we hire them back

    November 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. emmett brown

    I love it, now we will see who this guy is really for.. Just watch and see all the Corporate deals this guy sets up.First he is going to get with the Health Care guys, then Wall St and finally finsh up with the Credit card guys.. One thing about Rep. John Boehner he is about his money.... Look at his eyes, they are green...... Great job voters, the Corporate payoffs will be coming soon....I am investing in Health Care, they will be back robbing us soon enough....

    November 3, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    By "functioning again" I presume that Boehner means: giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, apologizing to BP for asking them to pay for the damage they did in the Gulf, denying health care to children, privatizing Medicare – actually, I'll go for that one since Senior Citizens overwhelming voted for these jerks who plan to dismantle their medical care! Let's do that first!

    November 3, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Uh Oh!!

    Great so instead of an old "witch" leading the house we have an orange "boner." I don't think this is going to change anything. The Senate is pissed and so is the pres after all the obstruction the GOP did to make it look like nothing happened the last 2 years and then now they take back the reigns from the house and say that it will all be better cause they are there now haha. i still just don't think we will see any of the so called "representatives" of ours of either party making even thinking of the american people because they are already thinking of 2012

    November 3, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "...with our high corporate tax" Are you kidding me? Do you know of any corporation that actually pays the marginal rate? GE paid $0 in taxes as did many other lucrative corporations. If you knew anything about it, you'd know that they hide income offshore or use enough deductions to pay little or nothing. Oh, boo hoo, poor GE! Give me a break! No wonder Republicans get away with this stuff when so many people get their "news" from Beck!

    November 3, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Indy

    Well the good news is that some Republicans will actually have to do some work for the first time in two tears. I guess if you pout and do nothing but whine and cry, you will eventually get your way and be given a powerful job. No country has ever been stupid enough to reject health care reform but with Republicans now majority in the house I am sure they will waste millions and millions to try and take away anything they can that is good for the middle class.Everything Boehner says is wrong in and "unchecked" and "unbalanced" has been that way since Bush was in office so blaming everything on Obama is not going to get anything done.He will never ever be able to satisfy the Tea Party and Republicans at the same time unless they cut out Soical Security and education. He has spewed a lot of hot air and now he has the Tea Party that will be on his butt 24-7 and he deserves that for embracing the extreme right. There will be no rest and no time for pouting and shouting anymore !!

    November 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Tired of the nonsense

    Okay, in order to get Congress functioning again, all Republicans will have to leave so the Democrats can get the job done. The GOP have done nothing but stop the Congress from functioning for years.

    November 3, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. diridi

    ball is in opposition play or leave......good for is good for way...

    November 3, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. RMS

    Interesting that now Mr. Boehner is saying he's eager to get the institution "functioning again" when for the past 18 months he and his fellow republicans have done nothing but stall the legislative process. The reality is, if the rebulicans are not willing to compromise in any way, shape or form – there will be no effective change. The "people" they so often refer to want to see changes. Just saying the words is not enough. And when they find out that the republicans have no intention of doing what is good for the working classes in this country, they will swing back in the other direction come the next election. I guess I have been around too long to hold out hope for any significant changes from this group of political conservatives. They are more interested in helping the rich get richer and imposing their right wing religeous morals on this country to actually tackle something as significant as economic changes. The rich do not trickle down their wealth to the poor – I have been waiting 30 years for this to happen – all the rich do is pour incredible amounts of money into republican election campaigns to fool people into voting the way they want you to.

    November 3, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    I wish you just as much success as you did Nancy Pelosi. See, I haven't said anything good or anything bad. What goes around comes around. It's a real shame the way YOU and YOUR party treated her just because she stood behind our president and tried to help millions of Americans. I will never forget that. Don't expect any love from us either. Just do your job (for once) and quit trying to fool those of us who are sane. Good luck Mr. Speaker – You'll need it.

    November 3, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Boehner can stuff it. The "corporate tax" barely exists in practice. GE, Bank of America and Exxon, for example, all paid ZERO DOLLARS in corporate taxes in 2009. All they have to do is structure themselves so that the profits are "off shore" and the losses are all incurred here. Lowering the rate won't change that they'll just keep doing the same thing anyway. What needs to happen is for the loopholes to get closed. If they can afford to spend umpteen million dollars purchasing puppets to place in Muppet Congress, they can afford to pay their freekin taxes.

    November 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. ddr

    Now you want to play?

    November 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "The reality is, if the rebulicans are not willing to compromise in any way, shape or form – there will be no effective change."

    Here's how it works:

    Dems take the WH, a 60 seat supermajority and a massive majority in the House: GOP pretends there's no mandate and obstructs everything and anything despite, for example, health care reform being a major component of the new POTUS' campaign platform and agenda for which he and the Dems were elected.

    GOP takes just the House by a fairly good margin, managing to oust a bunch of Bluedog Dems who were in tough mostly conservative districts in the first place, but does not take the Senate: GOP runs around claiming it has a massive mandate to repeal everything and anything the Dems did for the past two years despite the clear mandate they had which the GOP ignored.


    November 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Larry

    Boehner (pronouced Bone-er) will make Pelosi look good.

    November 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Naqib

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

    The people have spoken... It's change we can believe in....

    More to come in 48 Months.... Majority of Senate seats up are Dem... 2 to 1... Gonna get worse...

    I'm lovin it

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

    The calculus is very simple. The message from the GOP is clear:

    "If we don't own Congress, we will break it by abusing the filibuster and goose-stepping our obstruction. If you give it back, we will pretend to want to compromise and maybe, just maybe, allow Congress to work, then claim that only when we're in control, Congress works just fine. Tah dah!"

    The #1 message from last night's mid-term election was America reinforcing and rewarding the behavior we endured, particularly from the GOP, for the past 2 matter how much everyone, including the "news" media, wants to pretend that the America somehow sent a message that they want everyone to change their behavior. What the GOP did for the past 2 years in abusing the filibuster, engaging in misinformation campaigns and demogoguery, and goose-stepping their obstruction...IT WORKED. Why would they do anything different now if all that societally damaging nonsense worked? Good job gave them candy for misbehaving.

    November 3, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Naqib

    I feel bad for the 100 million dollars the unions blew to lose 60+ seats... biggest bust in 60 years.

    Wonder if the guys paying the dues knew where all their money went...

    Nice job fellas!

    November 3, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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