Boehner: This is not a time for celebration

posted at 10:12 am on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

John Boehner took exactly the right tone in addressing the nation after an angry electorate made him the next Speaker of the House. Twice during this speech, Boehner warned about celebrating while businesses struggle, people can’t find work, and government arrogates power to itself outside of its authority.  When Boehner starts talking about his path to this pinnacle of success, the emotion of the event finally gets through to Boehner:

And, of course, leave it to Keith Olbermann to add his own punch line to the end.


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I am relived that the brakes has been applied to runaway government.

scrubjay on November 3, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I truly hope Boehner makes a run for POTUS. He is the best!!

But for now, I hope he showed up early this morning to Pelosi’s Speakers office on the Hill, and started to measure for curtains.

JetBoy on November 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I wanted to start the day with something poetic like; “It’s morning in America – again.”
Unfortunately, the heavy lifting has just begun and it’s going to be a tough haul when the White House and Senate aren’t going to be picking up their end of the sofa.

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Somebody forgot to tell this to Glenn Beck and Pat Gray!!!!

Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

As Stephen the Irishman said: “Fine speech. Now what do we do?”

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I’m from one of the two districts just south of Boehner’s district.

I give a big thumbs up to this speech. And FU to Olberman.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Saw it on FOX last night, couldn’t care less what Olby said. I tried to drop in on MSNBC a few times, but couldn’t stand it for more than about 15 seconds.

cartooner on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I don’t have the doubt or maybe the hope of progressives that what this victory truly means is lost on the Republican leadership. We need to acknowledge that the mistakes they made were in part due to great American Independent saying “what have you done for me?” and inviting them into their lives with more spending and government. Now that the great American independent is no longer happy with that they are safe to return to fiscal conservatism. It’s a mistake to think a guy like Karl Rove abandoned conservatism because it was the mandate it is today.

Conan on November 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

It’s way more than just a challenge. In fact, this is the Republican Party’s last chance. If we don’t prove we deserved this victory, it’s over!

Lew on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

****BREAKING NEWS

Mitt Romney announces his endorsement of Marco Rubio for the US Senate!!!!!!!!

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

We’re going to be treated to Obama’s extravagent visit to Mumbai, his golf game, Michelle’s opulent life style.

This is exactly the way to go forward.

Remind people who takes this economic crisis seriously and is prepared to deal with it – and who takes it as an opportunity to seize more power.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Mitt Romney gave several million dollars to the tea party candidates who won last night. How much did you give?

Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Big heh.

Patrick S on November 3, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I liked Allen West Acceptance Speech, Mr President, I am trained in Hand to Hand Combat:)

Dr Evil on November 3, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Mitt Romney gave several million dollars to the tea party candidates who won last night. How much did you give?
Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Couldn’t afford any since Mitts disastrous health care plan has left my wallet empty

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Maybe Boehner could refuse to fund PBHO’s trip to India, $200 million per day. Jeebus.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Whatever else you can say about the 111th Congress, it got things done …


Obama has been nertured……nothing but a lame duck….


Nancy Pelosi bit#h slapped with her own gavel…..


Majority House….significant gains in the Senate…


Significant Governorships…..


Major gains in local governments….


West in ….Grayson out.

I am celebrating big time…..this was f#$king huge.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

It’s also not a time for completely unnecessary, $200 million dollar a day foreign extravaganzas by the executive branch. And yet . . . .

Hey Boehner, if you want to do something constructive on your first day, how about putting some reasonable limits on what the executive branch can spend on these PR junkets?

AZCoyote on November 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Liberals control the media and a large portion of the education structure. They can’t be convinced their ideas won’t work. They have to experience it first hand. This is why i’m not sad to see the northeast and west coast stay with the Dems. Let the Dems be at the helm of those ships when they sink. I still have hope the Northeast will be salvageable, but i fear the west coast is going to be forever lost. They are, after all, blaming Happy Meals for their problems. Sometimes stupid is just stupid.

tflst5 on November 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I do wish he hadn’t cried. Just don’t think that fit the moment.

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I wish Boehner would sell Pelosi’s new plane.

flyfisher on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

OT – did we know Scott won FL?

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM

West in ….Grayson out.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

It took unprecedented housing foreclosures and Obamacare taking half a billion out of Medicare Prime. But somebody finally woke up down in Florida.

Dr Evil on November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Time for Biden to whisper, “Mr. President, this is a big effing deal.”

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Boehner: Stow the humpbot.

saint kansas on November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Maybe Boehner could refuse to fund PBHO’s trip to India, $200 million per day. Jeebus.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Can’t yet. The Fascist-Democrats don’t leave Congress until 2011.

The F-Ds still have the Presidency and Senate, the Rs only control the House. But the House controls the purse strings. So simply put spending limits in place, in the lines for funds for Dept. of Ed., NPR, & PBS just put zeroes there. Spend no money on Obamacare, and when The Whine and the Democratic Senate complain, tell them tough sh!t, that money was already spent on the “stimulus.”

rbj on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Breaking news!***Romney endorsed Rubio on April 16th and donated the max of $5,000 to his campaign. Try refreshing the pages on your favorite internet news sources so you can catch up.

Buy Danish on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I am just so thankful there are still hard working, decent, honest God fearing Americans still willing to go do battle against the almost impossible odds of correcting the state of our poor union.

fourdeucer on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Time for Biden to whisper, “Mr. President, this is a big effing deal.”

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM

+1

sammypants on November 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM

The Dems did not get the message from this election. Marianne Marsh said on Fox this morning that the people would decide between the two sides going forward which they want – they don’t get that the people just decided in this election that they don’t want what the Dems shoved down our throat. Harry Reid said the R’s can no longer be the party of no. What this election means to them is the R’s have to go along with them.

silvernana on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Schultz is a scary individual.

blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

****BREAKING NEWS

Mitt Romney announces his endorsement of Marco Rubio for the US Senate!!!!!!!!

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Great snark! Made me laugh out loud.

search4truth on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

C’mon, let’s celebrate a little

Rubio! West! Toomey! Kirk! Cravaack! Down go Grayson, Feingold, Sestak, Crist, Etheridge!

Add your favorites.

Bat Chain Puller on November 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

They talk about me like a dog.

It will be interesting to see what this “dog” will do when backed into a corner…

Mixing my metaphors, will he bend or will he break?

Fallon on November 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Harry Reid said the R’s can no longer be the party of no. What this election means to them is the R’s have to go along with them.

silvernana on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

We already know the Dems are full of BS.

Dr Evil on November 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I have no problem with him crying. It came at the moment he talked about his past and his dad so I think it was appropriate. Tears also come after pressure has been released and you know he had ginormous psi building up.
And I can’t remember the dems or 0bama getting so choked up – heck I don’t remember Pelosi even shedding a tear when she became speaker.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I do wish he hadn’t cried. Just don’t think that fit the moment.

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I disagree. I think Boehner’s hard work to bring him and his family up from humble beginnings, working in his parents tavern to help get himself and his siblings through college – that’s the kind of story that can only happen in the U.S.A. – but NOT IF OBAMA HAS HIS WAY!

Good on you, John Boehner. Give him plenty of “HELL N0 YOU WON’T”S

kscheuller on November 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I do wish he hadn’t cried. Just don’t think that fit the moment.

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Didn’t bother me at all. It wasn’t a “bite the corner of your lip” fake thing. The guy loves his country. He’s watched it go down the toilet, and done purposefully. He sees hope that there are more people just like him, standing in the gap.

hoosiermama on November 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I truly hope Boehner makes a run for POTUS. He is the best!!

JetBoy on November 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I do not want to be overly critical in our moment of triumph (see the OCD types STILL refighting the Castle-O’Donnell primary elsewhere), but I must ask: Are you drunk?

IIRC, were you not a big booster for Crist?

A Balrog of Morgoth on November 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Who was that jacka$$ at the end of the clip?

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM

When John Boehner says, “Washington has been doing what’s good for Washington,” I don’t think he realizes that means him. While I’d like to revel in the triumph, Boehner isn’t the guy. He’s just another big government hack that hopes he can placate us enough to stop paying attention. I remember him in the Bush years. A leopard doesn’t change their stripes, er, or something.

But this time IS different. Because I don’t think the American people are going to be placated.

Historically, big government wins every election. I hope this is the day where that changes.

Pablo Snooze on November 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Heh. Look, the AP can’t resist reminding you:

And in Hawaii, state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa, for whom Obama appeared in TV ads, unseated Republican Rep. Charles Djou, running for a first full term after winning a May special election in Obama’s birth-state.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I hope to God that he does what he is supposed to do and doesn’t repeat the miserable Republican history of caving in so they can appear “gentlemanly” and “bi-partisan”. There is no such think with the left. We will see, and there will be another election in 2012.

ultracon on November 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It will be interesting to see what this “dog” will do when backed into a corner…

Fallon on November 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM

He will just get all wee-weed up.

tims472 on November 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

It has been a rough week for the AP drones. Let them find consolation where they can.

A Balrog of Morgoth on November 3, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Excellent speech. It’s encouraging to have someone like Boehner as Speaker who knows the value of hard work. He made something of his life on his own, and he’s helped others along the way. That’s not Zippy’s story, is it? He’s helped himself to every handout he could get. Boehner understands what millions of Americans are enduring, and some of that emotion may have been empathy for us.

Cody1991 on November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The Dems did not get the message from this election.

Seconded. They won every symbolic election: Reid, Frank, etc. And we didn’t get enough of a Superwave.

Once the next session starts, we’d better see some serious GOP hardball immediately in both houses. Otherwise, this is nothing but a speed bump.

The Lone Platypus on November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

No, the Dem’s did not and will not get the message. Obama will continue to demonize any American who opposes him and the Senate Dems will go hard left knowing they have no chance of passing their agenda. Cap & Trade, Card check.

They will go hard left and it will be their demise.

WisRich on November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I don’t remember Pelosi even shedding a tear when she became speaker.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Nope. Just the rest of us did!

tims472 on November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

One of the first things to get cut during hard times where I work is travel. It’s viewed as something people can do without. I don’t think Congress should fund anything that costs 200 million per day, even in good economic times. Mr. President should be advised to scale back the trip or stay home. This is not a time for extravagant spending. A smart president would realize that on his own. Especially after yesterday.

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

CA still needs a ton of work.

However, if you are neighboring state, you should benefit from the failure to repeal the global warming law. Business are going to leave screaming and running.

Oil Can on November 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I thought Boehner’s emotion was genuine and it made me so proud.

I know why he got choked up talking about his own rise….it’s because so many of us fear that our children and grandchildren will not have the same America that it made it possible.

The sea of red on that map made me more hopeful than I have felt in a couple of years now.

Even though Harry Reid won (PEOPLE FROM CALIFORNIA GO BACK TO THE WASTELAND YOU CREATED THERE AND LET NEVADA RETURN TO THE GREAT LIBERTARIAN STATE IT WAS BEFORE YOU CAME!!!)
I know that he is returning without the power he had before.

Republicans have two years to show that the conservative way is the right way. Prayers that that happens.

Jvette on November 3, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Time to get to work.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM

heck I don’t remember Pelosi even shedding a tear when she became speaker.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Nope. She was busy redecorating her office, haggling about which planes would be at her (and her friends) disposal along with party lists for the flights, ordering tens of thousands of dollars worth of flowers to send to supporters and changing the menus of the cafeteria.

Her “priorities” were evident from the first moment she picked up that hammer gavel.

Cody1991 on November 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I thought that was an important moment for America. People may chuckle at John Boehner’s name, and his perma-tan, and even his stentorian central-casting voice, but now nobody can question his sincerity or his humble Ohio working-class roots. A bigger contrast to San Fran Nan, her Pacific Beach mansion, her vineyards, her Botox, her $1000 Armani suits and her melting condesecnsion to the American people could not be had.

The whole Pelosi gang out of of touch 1970s California liberals is now finally gone from power. And good riddance!! Pelosi, Stark, Miller, Waxman, Waters — these leftists have come close to destroying America. Now we get to see them retired and replaced with common-sense people elcted in the 1990s and 2000s from Ohio, and Virginia, and Indiana, and Texas.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Lace up your shoes and strap on your helmets.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Seconded. They won every symbolic election: Reid, Frank, etc. And we didn’t get enough of a Superwave.

Once the next session starts, we’d better see some serious GOP hardball immediately in both houses. Otherwise, this is nothing but a speed bump.

The Lone Platypus on November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Dude, they’re gonna lose another 8 Senate seats and more than two dozen more House seats in 2012 after redistricting happens in all these states that Republicans swept last night. They may have tried to put on a happy face last night and this morning, but they know they just got collectively spayed and neutered.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

All during this speech, I was saying that I’ll believe him when I see some action. He needs to bring a repeal bill to the floor and vote on it. I don’t care if the Senate won’t take it up or the president will veto it. Bring it up and pass it in the light of day. Let the voters know you’re trying.

If Republicans want to create and hold long-term majorities, they’re going to have to start doing things differently.

Kafir on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

President Obama and the Democrats must truly despise the American people and think we have not been paying attention for the past two years. Do they think we have forgotten what Obama and the Democrats have done? Not only do we remember, we just handed the Obama and the Democrats a beating yesterday. So here is a message to our new Republican leadership. Do not compromise!

You do not compromise with someone who wants you to sit in the back seat like a second class citizen. You do not compromise with someone who thinks political opponents are enemies and should be punished. You do not compromise with someone who likes to use pitchfork analogies against those he wants to control. You do not compromise with someone who tolerates infanticide. And you do not compromise with someone who want to control every aspect of our lives. And this last one is for any Christian out there: you do not compromise with someone who wants to persecute you for your beliefs.

http://www.bluecollarphilosophy.com/2010/11/speaker-boehner-do-not-compromise-with.html

Blue Collar Todd on November 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

****BREAKING NEWS

Mitt Romney announces his endorsement of Marco Rubio for the US Senate!!!!!!!!

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Thread winner!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I think that one of the things we can take from this election is that there is and probably always will be a significant portion of the electorate which does NOT believe in limited Constitutional government.

Boxer, Reid, and Barney Frank’s constituents are quite willing to vote them back in because they like what they have done. These people really believe that if it weren’t for Republican obstructionism Obamacare and the Stimulas would have been a big success.

That means we have to get out there and educate people.

Our work is not done.

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Boehner has it right. If we are going to use car anologies, let us use this one — The US sedan is hydro-planning on a rain-slicked highway toward the financial abyss, and we are now just wrestling control of the steering wheel away from Nancy Pelolsi. Next up, regaining control of the vehicle and smartly applying the brakes.

Hopefully Boehner will take the time to EDUCATE the electorate while doing the LEGISLATE thingy in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner.

itzWicks on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

BTW: I was up late last night flipping from station to station. Either CNN or CBS had a very nice segment on the number of old guard Dems who went down last night. They started off by mentioning that Obey didn’t even bother to run. Then, they continued with the celebrated “Watergate Class of 1974.” I forget how many, but three or four of those guys went down. Then, there was one from 1982 and another from 1990.

The GOP hunting lodge has many old Dems to mount on the wall this morning.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Great minds think alike! ;-)

itzWicks on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Just heard that despicable sack of donkey$hit Alan Colmes on Fox. He insists that because Obama went away from single payer on healthcare that it is time for the republicans to compromise.

That is like a doctor telling a patient he wants to cut off both his legs for no good reason. And when the patient complains, the doctor says he’ll compromise by only cutting off one leg and if the patient doesn’t agree, he’s unreasonable.

csdeven on November 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

itzWicks on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

:)

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Pelosi guarantees Dems will retain House in November
By Matt DeLong | July 15, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Earlier this week, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) made a bold prediction about how his party will fare in the November, but House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is kicking the trash-talk up a notch.

In a new fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Pelosi guarantees in no uncertain terms that Democrats will retain control of the House of Representatives.
Here is what will happen in November. Democrats will keep control of the House. Period.
Pelosi adds that she’s got a secret weapon up her sleeve to ensure triumph … you!
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/07/pelosi-guarantees-victory-in-n.html?wprss=44

Been saving this for this morning.

Schadenfreude, baby.

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Donkey heads hanging above a roaring fire.

Raise a glass of cognac.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Excellent comment. I’m from one of two districts bordering Boehner’s district to the south. He attended a prominent Catholic high school that is a neighbor to my public high school. When he mentioned 11 brothers and sisters, he reminded me of all the large and wonderful families that they have here in SW Ohio.

Heartland USA.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

This Boehner guy aint so effing bad.

rollthedice on November 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Re Boehner crying last night: Some guy on Fox this morning who used to work for him said that they carried Kleenex around for him because he is very emotional and cries often. I don’t think that is necessarily a flaw – it shows me he is very human. I’m the same way – I cry at the drop of a hat because I am very emotional. The deep feelings come from your very core. You get a totally different picture of him than the hardened politician we all think he is.

silvernana on November 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

eeyore feeling: How much of an ear does Boehner have for the counsel of the Trent Lotts of Washington?

eeyore on November 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I thought the essence of his speech was important – we have no reason to celebrate. The GOP House – which was the first group to really begin sticking to their guns – needs to maintain their discipline and plan the counter attack – and it isn’t on entitlements, where they have no chance and a MSM waiting to pounch. Start with the budget drawn back to 2008 levels – wide support. Stop earmarks – I know it doesn’t cost much but it is emblematic of a bigger problem and it greases the way for bigger things down the road under the scratch your back syndrome. They are lucky that the dems kept Reid’s seat in the senate because it will give the admin a false sense of security. Obama will not triangulate one bit – the senate falls big in 2012, maybe big enough to invoke cloture – and the GOP if they choose wisely will have a very weakened Obama to defeat and then repeal ObamaCare. That is key.

Zomcon JEM on November 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

C’mon, let’s celebrate a little…
Rubio! West! Toomey! Kirk! Cravaack! Down go Grayson, Feingold, Sestak, Crist, Etheridge!
Add your favorites.
Bat Chain Puller on November 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Tom Perriello, VA—how’s that for working for the Common Good, Tom?

Very few things make me happier than seeing a heretic Catholic defeated and he’s one of the worst. Pelosi might still be there, but she lost her big gig to someone who is apparently trying to be a faithful Catholic. Now that’s some social justice I can support! Yeehaawww!

Okay, that felt good, even if there is still so much work to do. Little victories!!!

pannw on November 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Boehner had me worried with the verklemmt routine, but hit all the right notes in his address last night and this morning. Meanwhile Little-Weasel Harry is trying to maintain that he is the face of hope. *sporfle*

evergreen on November 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

C’mon, let’s celebrate a little…

Rubio! West! Toomey! Kirk! Cravaack! Down go Grayson, Feingold, Sestak, Crist, Etheridge!

Add your favorites.

Bat Chain Puller on November 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Ok, I’ll play. Ding dong, the witch is dead! If I never have to see another twitchy-eyed Nancy Pelosi press conference, I’d be a happy bitter clinger.

evergreen on November 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Biggest gain was in the states and it is here where the tea party needs to focus. The reached for Senate seats, gambled and won a few and lost a few. Learn from the over-reach and plan for the next go round. We need to build bench strength in state legislatures. And we also need to take over our schools from the teacher’s unions and define curriculums once again – that teach American History from an American point of view (warts and all of course) that doesn’t see the US as the source of all evil in the world. That is what Obama and those like him feel – they are ashamed. If we can’t get the next generation to like America we cannot win in the end.

And in the bastion of liberalism’s death throes of California, we need to teach the rest of the country that if you want to ignore economic reality you starve and die. Massachussets is looking at the same situation, their voters seem to think the money never ends. NJ seems to have woken up and tea party see wht you can do about taking over the NY state GOP – we got some wins there, but more needs to be done.

Its now the ground game folks. All that Boehner and Co. can do is block for the most part. We need to build them some more soldiers.

Zomcon JEM on November 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I have no problem with him crying. It came at the moment he talked about his past and his dad so I think it was appropriate. Tears also come after pressure has been released and you know he had ginormous psi building up.
And I can’t remember the dems or 0bama getting so choked up – heck I don’t remember Pelosi even shedding a tear when she became speaker.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I agree. There isn’t anything wrong with a man crying/weeping when he is overcome with emotion that triggers something deep within him. I don’t think he cries if he stubs his toe or gets insulted by the dems.

Mirimichi on November 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

A really classy speech by Boehner, and a far “cry” from Pelosi’s march thru Washington with an oversized gavel. Boehner is a good sport, and a gracious winner, and knows he has a job to do, and is ready to start.

Boehner will have to LEAD in the negotiations with Obama and Senate Democrats to cut spending and taxes, and do whatever he can (despite opposition) to pass constructive legislation and undo the damage from the last two years.

Boehner will soon be Speaker of the House, and he will have to “speak” often to the American people what he is trying to do, and explain the roadblocks he might be facing, and WHY people should support the House Republicans over Obama or Reid if they oppose him. Even with the best intentions, Boehner may not be able to do everything he and the new House majority want to do, if Obama and/or Senate Democrats block him, but Boehner needs to clearly make the case to the American people for a clean Republican sweep in 2012.

Steve Z on November 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Very few things make me happier than seeing a heretic Catholic defeated and he’s one of the worst. Pelosi might still be there, but she lost her big gig to someone who is apparently trying to be a faithful Catholic. Now that’s some social justice I can support! Yeehaawww!

Okay, that felt good, even if there is still so much work to do. Little victories!!!

pannw on November 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

He gets to join phony Catholics Patrick Murphy and Paul Kanjorski in the unemployment line. Kanjorski even had the Bishop of Scranton begging him not to vote for ObamaCare, and he did anyway. Murphy’s a progressive tool like Periello, who only trotted out the Catholicism when he was campaigning in the Italian neighborhoods in Philly.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!!

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The GOP needed and continues to call for the same sweeping changes that the House experienced. Time to earn the respect they were given in votes and get the job done. RINO season isn’t over.

Hening on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

****BREAKING NEWS
Mitt Romney announces his endorsement of Marco Rubio for the US Senate!!!!!!!!

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM
Thread winner!

Yeah, cause spreading false memes is hilarious.

Tom Perriello, VA—how’s that for working for the Common Good, Tom?
Very few things make me happier than seeing a heretic Catholic defeated and he’s one of the worst.
pannw on November 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Yep, I’m feeling some schadenfreude about now.

Buy Danish on November 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

One thing that gives me an uneasy gut feeling was to see him shush the crowd chanting “USA” so he could continue talking about himself. Hit like this country song…”Enough about you, you, you, you, you…I wanna talk about ME!” I guess though it would be “Enough about U, U, U, U.S.A….” Hope my gut is wrong so I’m still a on guard but will give him a pass for the time being.

miConsevative on November 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

D@MN RIGHT IT’S NOT! NOW GET TO FREAKIN’ WORK!

CynicalOptimist on November 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I do wish he hadn’t cried. Just don’t think that fit the moment.

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

What are you saying? How dare he he human? He choked up for a moment, but held it in check. Good for him! John is obviously a decent guy.

I think Ed is right . . . he “took exactly the right tone.”

Trochilus on November 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

miConsevative on November 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Come on! That was not what he was doing. He was saying to the crowd, let’s not gloat.

Trochilus on November 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: Boehner’s emotional moment:

Whence is our fountain of tears? We weep in childhood for pain,
Anon for triumph in manhood, the sudden glory of praise, the giant mastered and slain.


Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, “The Wisdom of Merlyn

Mary in LA on November 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Imagine what this election would have been like if there had been a cohesive narrative from the top down with strong leadership.

The Republican Party is in shambles and still picked up over 60 seats. That’s amazing.

That tells us just how disconnected Obama is from the average American.

ButterflyDragon on November 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Tom Perriello, VA—how’s that for working for the Common Good, Tom?

pannw on November 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

It felt awesome voting for Robert Hurt yesterday. And I was feeling very smug and proud of myself when I saw Perriello lose.

The day after his vote on Obamacare, I sent him a message on his website that I would do everything in my power to make sure he wasn’t reelected. I did what I could to help and it’s a great feeling to know I played a part in seeing him kicked to the curb.

Best part is, no congressional pension. My biggest fear was he was going to get entrenched for decades if he pulled off a second term.

ButterflyDragon on November 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Boehner needs to throw the 2007 Budget on the table and then begin debating any changes needed. That’s table stakes. Then freeze all federal headcount, salaries and benefits, as I suspect Bammie is hiring thousands of new federal civil masters a week.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I watched this and was just so proud of that man! I admire him so much! What a great guy!

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Mittmen have zero sense of humor. :)

alwaysfiredup on November 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM

ButterflyDragon on November 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Thank you for doing your part to promote the true common good! I’m sure it does feel wonderful. I’m thrilled and I’m not even in his state.

pannw on November 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM
Breaking news!***Romney endorsed Rubio on April 16th and donated the max of $5,000 to his campaign. Try refreshing the pages on your favorite internet news sources so you can catch up.

Buy Danish on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Ya know, the problem with having lots of money is that you think it solves all problems.

Other than talk and write checks, is this guy Romney capable of doing any real work? You know, heavy lifting? Money can’t be overlooked, but we’ve just witnessed 3 of the most business-qualified candidates of my lifetime lose their statewide races by at least 7 points (McMahon, Fiorina, and Whitman) in a very business-candidate-friendly environment. If we don’t want Romney’s epitaph to be the same in 2012, he better demonstrate some skills over the next 8-12 months.

rwenger43 on November 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Blubbtastic!

Fortunata on November 3, 2010 at 11:39 PM

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Mitt Romney gave several million dollars to the tea party candidates who won last night. How much did you give?
Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

alwaysfiredup on November 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Elizabetty’s comment made me smile :)

scotash on November 4, 2010 at 1:02 AM

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