October 16th, 2013
03:42 PM ET
6 years 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. Sad

    Boehner has zero backbone. He's capitulated so many times, I can't keep count. Thank you Ohio for this slimy, sleazy, cowardly fool.

    October 16, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Steve

    ... days like today make me proud to be an american.

    October 16, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. in the state of Texas

    what happened to October 16, 2013 04:34pm -post not showing. U guys at CNN picking & choosing? What kind of post is this?

    October 16, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. fr114

    keeping this neutered puppet is truly a waste of my tax dollars. but of course with the GOP controlling the house who knows what GOP loser they might replace him with.

    October 16, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. wendel

    maybe he should just sit down and cry like the big baby he is. Safe from what ? Doing his job. What a waste the republican s have become. They cost the tax payers and for what??

    October 16, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. justbeamensch

    The Grand Oil Party is a shovel ready party, rapidly burying themselves and hijacked by right wing Neanderthals.

    October 16, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Searcher

    So, the TEA-GOP likes Boehner, but they don't RESPECT him enough to follow his advice and vote to obstruct him. They might as well just FIRE HIM!

    October 16, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. i_know_everything

    I'll rather see Paul Ryan as the Speaker, he is a worthy opponent

    October 16, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Enigmatic1

    So "Key Conservatives" have assured that Boehner's Job is not at risk? Who's to say that they will be there next year? And another thing.... If his district does not send him back to Congress during the next election, which is likely going to be the case, He will NOT be speaker no matter what!

    October 16, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. rs

    While Boehner has his hands full wrangling the idiots on the Right, his career as Speaker has been marked by one failure to deliver after another. Maybe it is what he has to work with but Boehner will go down as the least effective Speaker in the last 100 years.

    October 16, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. E. R. Martinez

    What the Civil War did not do, what the Third Reich failed to do and what Al Qaeda had hoped it could do, was to destroy the United States Government. Shame on our democratically elected leaders who have managed to bring this country to its knees all in the name of fundamentalist, self serving and, perhaps, unlawful machinations to stay in power. It's time to give the power back to the people of the United States. Vote your heart in the next election but do not forget who it is that put this ugly face on America.

    October 16, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. skarphace

    Of course Boehner is safe. Why wouldn't he be? He did exactly what he was told to do.

    October 16, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Cogito Ergo Sum

    What a joke. A terrorist minority holds the government hostage, makes a mockery of democracy, wins nothing and acts like they own the place. If they came in off the street and did this, they'd be in jail awaiting trial. If voters don't kick these losers out, they deserve what they get, an overwhelming mess.

    October 16, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. BoehnerIsALoser

    My name says it all

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    Today a construction crew hit an underground line resulting in wifi and phone service being shut down at 8:30 this morning, and as of this hour still shut down. I thought I was being funny when I said that it was simply a congressional plot (note no capital c); you know kind of like a terrorist plot. The past two years the congressional terrorists are beginning to rival what we in America (note still a capital A) refer to as the terrorists who aspire to bring down our Country. When I realized this it was funny anymore. So sad and so true. I wonder if there is any hope that we will once again have a congress envisioned by our forefathers . . . . . . . . .

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Larry L


    ... days like today make me proud to be an american.
    Proud? Was it the tens of billions in loss of productivity that makes you proud? The members of the radical Tea Party holding America's prosperity hostage? The prospect of our bond rating being lowered yet again because of the Tea Party? The families of our federal workers worrying about their house payments? Our gutless politicians still not actually fixing anything? I suspect you're being sarcastic. I hope you're being sarcastic...

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. crapweasel

    To be fair to Boehner, he is trying to control something that is inherently uncontrollable, so we shouldn't be all that surprised when he can't control it. At least they didn't move ahead with pushing us over into default like they wanted to.

    The Tea Party is the most extreme manifestation of ultra-right ideology that we've seen in decades, and its creators (kochs) lost control of it almost immediately, bringing us losing propositions like Palin.

    See you all in January for another round of the same crap.

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. skarphace

    freedom: "ALL these folks need to be under OBAMACARE"

    You ignorant people are tiring to hear. If you don't understand that the ACA only covers those who did not have health insurance already, then you will never understand anything.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. cmcle

    Boehner's safe. So glad to hear it! Didn't really care about all that other stuff – government shutdown, hundreds of thousands furloughed, possible default and financial collapse – I can finally breathe again.

    October 16, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. boow

    All of this shouldn't have happened!

    October 16, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. TonyInNYC

    Of course Boehner's safe. With the lunatics trying to take over the asylum, he's one of the last sane people there trying to hold things together.

    October 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. MennoKnight

    Some are calling him one of the weakest House Speakers.
    Yup that about sums it up.
    I am a conservative born again Christian who is very unhappy with Republicans in Congress. They have lost my vote. The Democraps have not won it, but the Republicans have lost it.

    October 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's the GOP conservates teaparty garbage of America who aren't safe to even walk on the streets, just vote this teatrash out , their own voters will probably linch this GOP trash that cost them pay checks and fourcloseures!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Speaker Boehner will go down as the most pathetic and inept speaker in modern history, courtesy of Tea Party insurgents in his caucus.

    October 16, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. KarmaBurns

    May they all get what they so richly deserve. I dont think Bohener knows how foolish he appears to the rest of Americans. Sad really when the Emporer is sure his clothes are fabulous.

    October 16, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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