US House Republican leader shrugs off Gingrich advice

May 7, 2008

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday shrugged off a warning that his fellow Republicans are facing peril in the fall elections unless they change course, a prediction made by a former Republican House speaker. 
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned on Tuesday that Republicans must immediately “chart a bold course of real change” otherwise they will “suffer decisive losses this November.”
rtr20ahg.jpgThat apparently didn’t sit too well with Boehner as he faces an uphill battle to reclaim control of the U.S. House of Representatives since more than two dozen fellow House Republicans are leaving this fall or running for another office. And last weekend, they lost a Republican seat in Louisiana in a special election.
“Listen a lot of people have a lot of ideas and advice for me and our leadership team about what it is that we should do,” Boehner told reporters after a meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House.
“I tell our colleagues every week, if you stand up and do the right things for the right reasons, the right things will happen,” Boehner said. “And frankly, we have been standing up for the right things that the American people want us to.”
The Ohio Republican argued that their efforts to cut taxes and expand exploration for oil and gas in the United States served as evidence that they were on the right path for the November elections. 
“There’s a whole array of issues that I think where we’re representing the interests of the American people,” Boehner said.

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Newt Gingrich, “chart a bold course of real change” otherwise they will “suffer decisive losses this November.”

I never thought I’d say the Democrats have a candidate more cnoservative han the GOP. Gingrich is right and Ron Paul is the only conservative left in the race; McCain-Fiengold, McCain-Kennedy, etc… The GOP really has a choice between Ron Paul or Obama/Clinton.

Posted by Mr Wood | Report as abusive

True, Mr. Wood, McCain has always been a bit of a radicalist and Ron Paul would have been a far better option. It’s a shame he dropped out of the race, the dude showed some potential.

What’s in store for the GOP this fall? I don’t know about you all, but if political parties were treated like stock options, I’d pull a Bear Stearns.

Posted by D. Forester | Report as abusive

I thought Ron Paul was technically still in the race, no?

Of course, as a liberal, I couldn’t have been any happier to read Boehner’s response. Would love to see some examples of those policies and supportive polling they are proposing that the American people have been asking for. I’m sure most Americans are very excited about the idea of drilling in ANWR so the price of gasoline comes down 2 cents a gallon in 2017.

As far as I can tell, if the solution to a problem isn’t “slash taxes” or “deregulate” or “God told me so”, than the Republican Party has literally nothing to add to the conversation.

I’m gonna go drop some cash into Boehner’s re-election fund. Keep that guy around.

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