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December 26, 2014

Boehner: ‘We’re Gonna Be Fine’

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner expressed confidence that the GOP will retain control of the House in the 114th Congress at his first news conference since the end of the government shutdown — and a cascade of horrible polling for him and his party.

“I think as long as we stay focused on the priorities of the American people, I think we’re gonna be fine,” the Ohio Republican said Wednesday morning. “What are they concerned about? They’re concerned about their jobs. They’re concerned about their income. They’re concerned about their own health insurance and how they’re going to be able to afford it and how they’re going to navigate through this bizarre plan that they now have to deal with.

“So our job is to stay focused on the issues the American people are most concerned about,” Boehner said, “and I think if we do that, we’ll be just fine.”

In the wake of the shutdown and the possibility that Congress would fail to raise the debt ceiling by the deadline, Gallup reported on Oct. 9 that the Republican Party’s favorability rating had fallen to 28 percent — down 10 points from one month earlier. Several other polling firms have reported record-low approval ratings for the party.

With the GOP ultimately unable to extract concessions on the 2010 health care law from President Barack Obama as a condition of funding government and raising the debt limit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said in recent interviews that the Obamacare defunding strategy was a “tactical error” and that “there’ll not be another government shutdown.”

When a reporter asked whether Boehner agreed with McConnell that the defund strategy was ultimately not a good play, he demurred.

“We fought the fight,” he said. “We didn’t win, but we live to fight another day.”

Boehner also took a question on whether a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws is still a priority for House Republican leadership.

“I still think that immigration reform is an important subject that needs to be addressed,” he said. “I’m hopeful.”

  • thereasonableprogressive

    Speaker Boehner says that if his party stays focused on the priorities of the American people, “we’re gonna be fine.” The party may be fine, but it will be because of money and Gerrymandering.

  • nanotab

    Clearly not the most forthright and honest of statements, except for “I’m hopeful”. I.e., he HOPES the rosy picture he’s offered will come about.

  • Anthony Lott

    tap your heels and say there no place like home

  • AJayne

    “So our job is to stay focused on the issues the American people are most concerned about,” Boehner said, “and I think if we do that, we’ll be just fine.”

    First, Mr Boehner, you must be able to correctly identify what those issues are. (Hint: they are not on the TPers’ platform.)

  • Ed Burns

    Bonehead said: “So our job is to stay focused on the issues the American people are
    most concerned about,” Boehner said, “and I think if we do that, we’ll
    be just fine.” Since when has Bonehead, the Congress and the Obummer Administration been concerned with the American peoples welfare or concerns?

  • Defend Liberty

    Those who preach from collectivism’s altar claim that justice and prosperity are simply matters of plundering the “rich” to satisfy envy.

  • Wuthie

    Democrats have to make up 17 seats to take power of the House. California alone has 11 Republican house members. If all the blue states voted out their Republican House members. It could easily be done. That isn’t going to happen, but Republicans gerrymandering doesn’t guarantee them control of the House either.

  • Defend The Constitution

    Great thinkers, such as Hume, Smith, and Bastiat, helped discover and refine the principles of individualism and its associated liberty.

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