Tea party power: Boehner to include freshman on House Republican leadership team

posted at 9:44 pm on November 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

Smart move for him. Is it smart for the frosh?

In a nod to the strength of their newest constituency, House Republican leaders will grant incoming freshmen more say in the party’s direction than most first-term lawmakers receive.

House Republican Leader John Boehner and his No. 2, party Whip Eric Cantor, will notify newly elected Republicans Tuesday that one member of their class will get a seat at the leadership table and another two will be given spots on the Steering Committee, which decides committee assignments and chairmanships in the new Congress…

Members of the class will run for these positions, along with those of class president and freshman representative to the policy committee, on Nov. 17 after the entire Republican caucus selects its leaders for the next two years, according to the letter.

Kristi Noem, who’s frequently compared to Palin, is reportedly interested in the leadership position and has the support of Boehner, Cantor, et al. Makes sense for the GOP brain trust: She has tea party cred, knocked off a high profile Democratic up-and-comer in Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, and is plenty telegenic and well-spoken enough to serve as a spokesman for the new Republican class in TV interviews. More importantly, though, as the Times puts it, Boehner wants to ensure that the new crop is “not tempted into immediate acts of rebellion.” That is to say, they don’t want freshmen tea partiers wandering off and becoming a thorn in the leadership’s side, either by forming their own caucus or joining Bachmann’s tea-party caucus; giving them a voice in the top group is a way to reduce that pressure, and of course to purchase some political cover on tough votes. If they end up bringing something to the floor that makes tea partiers howl, now they can point to Noem or whoever and say, “Hey, she’s partly responsible too.”

Via Dakota Voice, here she is in action last week. Exit question: Is this better for Boehner or better for the incoming reps?


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More like Boehner……

dmann on November 8, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Haaaaaaaaawwwwwwt! Take it away lorien!

ThePrez on November 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Mmmm…sweet tea.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM

let her gets her TPs from Johnny B then come give the updates.

**No problems here!**

ted c on November 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Let me get this right … John Boehner … the man who was in charge of the house when we lost it in 2006 – and the man who kept control of the minority there until the plane crashed and burned in 2008 – thinks the Tea Party might merit ONE SEAT at the leadership table?

NewsFLASH FOOL – the only reason you’re going to be SoTH is due to those Tea Party folk. You better start bending some rules or you will see a war.

HondaV65 on November 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM

omg

omgomgomg

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM

somewhere in a drafty loft apartment, MoDO is tapping away on her next column to get males from ogling conservative women.

best of luck modo

ted c on November 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM

im in love

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM

If only Mattie Fein had won too…..

Rocks on November 8, 2010 at 9:50 PM

I don’t care about any of this woman’s flaws, history, or even positions on the issues, I want her for president.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 9:50 PM

im in love

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM

We all are………. We all are.

ThePrez on November 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Good move….

but is this an “anybody but Bachmann” play?

cs89 on November 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I gotta lil’ social justice for this lovely lady.

rickyricardo on November 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM

It’s very good for Boehner…..very, very good.

aquaviva on November 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

We all are………. We all are.

ThePrez on November 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I like her. She’s serious, steady, and is simply a STUNNA. I don’t care what any females say here about my oogling. I AM oogling. Will continue TO OOGLE, and I am glad she will do work for her state.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Kristi Noem, how you doin?

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Let me get this right … John Boehner … the man who was in charge of the house when we lost it in 2006 – and the man who kept control of the minority there until the plane crashed and burned in 2008 – thinks the Tea Party might merit ONE SEAT at the leadership table?

NewsFLASH FOOL – the only reason you’re going to be SoTH is due to those Tea Party folk. You better start bending some rules or you will see a war.

HondaV65 on November 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM

but wasn’t Denny Hastert speaker during the epic 06 collapse?

picklesgap on November 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Wow. I mean friggin Wow…

stlpatriot on November 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I know we`re all fawning about Noem and with good reason. But afterwards I usually get this “I know we`ll be heartbroken by something she/he does” feeling. Remember Scott Brown?

Beware what I call “Shiny Object Syndrome” (SOS). It`s how America ended up with Obama.

ThePrez on November 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Hmmm, although Noem is compared to Palin, she was never endorsed by Palin. She was endorsed and supported by Romney.

VidOmnia on November 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

At least wipe the drool off your chin.

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I got a John Boehner right now.

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Hmmm, although Noem is compared to Palin, she was never endorsed by Palin. She was endorsed and supported by Romney.

VidOmnia on November 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM

……… And there it is.

ThePrez on November 8, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I SUPPORT HER EVEN MORE NOW.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM

as long as she never drove a boyfriend off a bridge and left him for dead, then…we’re good.

ted c on November 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Why is she compared to Sarah Palin?

Conservative and articulate is good. But other than that I don’t see why she is compared to Sarah any more than any other female conservative candidate.

wren on November 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM

At least wipe the drool off your chin.

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I’ll try

she’s very photogenic
hmm she needs more portraits for her website ill volunteer my services

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM

“Well played, Mauer…”

Khun Joe on November 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM

One of you guys need to buy that girl a steak dinner.

txag92 on November 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Kristi Noem, how you doin?

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Come on, dude. We’re waiting for it.

hillbillyjim on November 8, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Why is she compared to Sarah Palin?

I’d like to see them side by side, preferrably in bikinis, wrestling over the heated topic of oil drilling.

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Let’s hope she remembers who elected her once she starts lunching with Power Players in the Beltway instead of talking to The Folks at the Sioux Falls Holiday Inn.

KS Rex on November 8, 2010 at 10:04 PM

hmm she needs more portraits for her website ill volunteer my services

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM

I just bet you will…LOL

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 10:04 PM

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Okay, that’s funny, I don’t care who you are!

ROFLOL

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Wow!..She is good on the eyes!..:)

Dire Straits on November 8, 2010 at 10:05 PM

If a woman is physically attractive, it matters. Don’t tell me it doesn’t. It matters.

Paul-Cincy on November 8, 2010 at 10:05 PM

but is this an “anybody but Bachmann” play?

cs89 on November 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I think this is as much about neutralizing Bachman as anything.

rrpjr on November 8, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I think there might be a little more to do with picking Noem. During the campaign, Noem made a point of not tying herself to Palin in any way.

I think the Republican leadership is trying to appease the Tea Party while distancing themselves from Palin (and Bachmann).

huckleberryfriend on November 8, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Ahem.

hillbillyjim on November 8, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I SUPPORT HER EVEN MORE NOW.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I’m from South Dakota. Now you’re just being an ass, dude.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM

but wasn’t Denny Hastert speaker during the epic 06 collapse?

picklesgap on November 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Yes.

INC on November 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Boehner to include freshman on House Republican leadership team

Listening…Good.

Speakup on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Keep Kristi away from Vitter and Ensign!

dforston on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Sheesh guys, take a cold shower! It feels like a sauna in here with all your panting.

Back to the post….

That is to say, they don’t want freshmen tea partiers wandering off and becoming a thorn in the leadership’s side, either by forming their own caucus or joining Bachmann’s tea-party caucus;

This is a huge slap in the face to Bachmann, other GOP veterans, and the Tea Party. And it’s a power play by Boehner and Cantor to control the freshmen. There are admirable qualities about Boehner and his life story, but I’m beginning to wonder if his rhetoric isn’t merely to appease us Tea Party folks.

conservative pilgrim on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

But other than that I don’t see why she is compared to Sarah any more than any other female conservative candidate.

wren on November 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Read my above link. Kristi is an avid hunter and gun owner.

William Amos on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

conservative pilgrim on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

He could always just shut them out.

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Let Sarah and Michele be the target and face for the MSM to attack and have Kristi under the radar until the time of their choosing to come out and when under the radar move the GOP to where it needs to be to save the republic.

tjexcite on November 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM

The Left was all in an uproar over the traffic tickets……..apparently much worse offense than Tom Daschles 6 digit unpaid taxs….

To be Palinized?

sbark on November 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Noem is hot. Sorry but I just gotta say it. And not politics hot either, I mean honest to God hot like a woman!!!

abobo on November 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Wow. She’s smoking hot.

And conservative!

Stunnah.

John the Libertarian on November 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I SUPPORT HER EVEN MORE NOW.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Good looking + mildly reckless = Oh, Yeah!
(man algebra…)

massrighty on November 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM

For some reason, she reminds me of Sandra Bullock. Maybe it’s her voice? I dunno, but I like it. :)

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Sheesh guys, take a cold shower! It feels like a sauna in here with all your panting.

Noem just reignited my cougar complex

I had it suppressed.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

behold…a pro-palin editorial in the wsj

The former Alaskan Governor showed sound political and economic instincts by inveighing forcefully against the Federal Reserve’s latest round of quantitative easing. According to the prepared text of remarks that she released to National Review online, Mrs. Palin also exhibited a more sophisticated knowledge of monetary policy than any major Republican this side of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703514904575602231815453378.html

r keller on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Find a pic of Herseth the Leftie she beat……she was probably the 1 good looker in the entire american Left party.

sbark on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Read my above link. Kristi is

an avid hunter and gun owner

a lifelong South Dakota resident.

William Amos on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

This is South Dakota, fool. Most of our populace learns to shoot from a rather early age, as we are a very rural state. We are also a shall-issue CCP state, and my hometown is right in the middle of the most glorious Chinese ringneck pheasant country you will ever find. Of course she owns a gun and hunts!

/snark

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Hmmm, although Noem is compared to Palin, she was never endorsed by Palin. She was endorsed and supported by Romney.

VidOmnia on November 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Really? Do you have a link? Interesting. I never heard or read about Romney endorsing/supporting her. A big deal was made of Noem scoffing at a comparison to Sarah Palin and wanting or needing her endorsement.

conservative pilgrim on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

LoL!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Noem just reignited my cougar complex

I had it suppressed.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

No one believes you.

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I hope she and the rest of the incoming freshmen to the 112th Congress really, really gets it. This is the GOP’s second and last chance to make right with the electorate.

So far, I like what I am hearing from people like her, Rubio, West, etc. As long as they walk the walk, I feel that the Republic is in safe hands with this lot as long as they are not co-opted by the Ruling Class.

Bring on the new year! ;-)

itzWicks on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

This looks like a job for the misogynistic left/media slime machine!!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703514904575602231815453378.html

r keller on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I saw that linked on Drudge. Excellent.

conservative pilgrim on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Whoops. That was supposed to be an overstrike instead of a nested quote, but you get the picture.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

No one believes you.

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

You’re just pissed you can’t be a cougar for 20 years

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

I never heard or read about Romney endorsing/supporting her. A big deal was made of Noem scoffing at a comparison to Sarah Palin and wanting or needing her endorsement.

conservative pilgrim on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Romney announced his support on Nov. 3rd….

massrighty on November 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

This looks like a job for the misogynistic left/media slime machine!!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

WHEN WE COME BACK:

HOW CAN KRISTI NOEM BALANCE CONGRESSIONAL WORK AND BEING A MOTHER? WILL THEY TURN TO DRUGS?

BACK AFTER A COMMERCIAL BREAK..

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Noem just reignited my cougar complex

I had it repressedsuppressed.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Fixed

William Amos on November 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

You’re just pissed you can’t be a cougar for 20 years

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

You officially become a cougar at 37?

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Andrew Sullivan in five
four
three
two

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:19 PM

You officially become a cougar at 37?

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:19 PM

not officially — smartass!!

btw, i thought you were like 14 or 15

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:20 PM

More like The Sweet Tea Party. Is it just me or are conservative woman smart, honest, well spoken and just so dmn hawt!

Indian Outlaw on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Makes you forget all about COD!..:)

Dire Straits on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Kristi Noem, on the off-chance that you’re actually reading this, I’d ask you to remember one important thing; my credentials are as a young man who did vote for you and helped put you into office:

John Boehner is not your friend. He is a colleague and will at times be a legislative ally, but politicians are notorious for gladhanding on both sides of the aisle. That is why we have a noxious system of earmarks — the politicians don’t just buy votes from the voters. They buy them from each other as well. Remain a citizen-legislator, and we will allow you to serve us. Forget where you came from, and we’ll have two short years to find someone else who won’t.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

How do politicians always get so well tanned?

Rode Werk on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I’m from South Dakota. Now you’re just being an ass, dude.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Who said it was sarcasm, bub?

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

This good for everyone! We need to get some of the new breed into positions of leadership, I don’t want to wait years for Marco Rubio to get seniority or this nice woman in the video.

…. and yes she’s hot.

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

not officially — smartass!!

btw, i thought you were like 14 or 15

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Nope. 17.

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

65 seats is like 25% of the GOP majority. Surely they deserve at least one voice.

SouthernGent on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Aw. Boehner give the tea party its own little pretend committee, just like student government, so they can play at being important while the ruthless Washington insiders get business done as usual.

Grow Fins on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Noem just reignited my cougar complex

I had it suppressed.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Poor, poor dear…

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Nope. 17.

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

still make me feel old.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Aw. Boehner give the tea party its own little pretend committee, just like student government, so they can play at being important while the ruthless Washington insiders get business done as usual.

Grow Fins on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

The Tea Party decided the outcome of the midterms, dumbass.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I think this is as much about neutralizing Bachman as anything.

rrpjr on November 8, 2010 at 10:06 PM

At least rrpjr has something substantive to say about the subject.

Blocking Bachman from a leadership position won’t thwart her from seeking and receiving the spotlight, but it will mitigate her importance. The congressional brass are really afraid of her influence over the other froshies. Their attempts to diminish her may make her more popular.

anXdem on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Grow Fins on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Yes, but that’s not what this thread’s about.
She’s hot.

massrighty on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

still make me feel old.

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM

How old could you be? I thought you just got out of college.

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Cougar… MILF. Call em what you what, but America is voting for them in mass. I call em MILvF. (Mom I’d Like to Vote For.)

Indian Outlaw on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

but wasn’t Denny Hastert speaker during the epic 06 collapse?

picklesgap on November 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Hastert Speaker. DeLay House Majority Whip and the real power behind the overly-cozy relationship between House GOP members and the permanent government and lobbyist groups in Washington back then. You can hit Boehner for not doing more at the time to voice his disapproval of it, but it’s silly to think he was going to successfully challenge DeLay’s power base during the 1998-2006 period, because too many in the Republican caucus were fat and happy from simply playing Democrats Lite and following Tom’s lead in doing what they thought was best to keep themselves in power.

jon1979 on November 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Aw. Boehner give the tea party its own little pretend committee, just like student government, so they can play at being important while the ruthless Washington insiders get business done as usual.

Grow Fins on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Prior to last Tuesday those guys were “principled individuals working hard for change.”

ted c on November 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Is this really a big deal? Aren’t we all on the same side? This past week I’ve watched Boehner lay out an agenda that involves immediately cutting spending and working towards a repeal of obamacare. I’d say the tea party has already won if the Republican leadership has gotten the message.

Caiwyn on November 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Emily M. on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

23
thats oLD

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Well Romney has gotten one right!..:)

Dire Straits on November 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Boehner has never taken an earmark

ladyingray on November 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM

speaking of hawt. Pam Bondi-AG elect of FL….hmm.

Griff Jenkins has 4x state AGs on right now talking how they are deconstructing healthscare legislation.

ted c on November 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Cougar… MILF. Call em what you what, but America is voting for them in mass. I call em MILvF. (Mom I’d Like to Vote For.)

Indian Outlaw on November 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Sadly, everywhere except in mass.
(I know you meant “en masse;” I just couldn’t help myself after the red wave didn’t break over my state last week.

massrighty on November 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Aw. Boehner give the tea party its own little pretend committee, just like student government, so they can play at being important while the ruthless Washington insiders get business done as usual.

Grow Fins on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Well he couldnt appoint Nancy Pelosi to anything useful could he ? Not like Pelosi has any skills.

William Amos on November 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Who said it was sarcasm, bub?

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Call it an educated guess.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Rejecting Bachmann and taking a rookie instead?

That blows.

American Elephant on November 8, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Pam Bondi

William Amos on November 8, 2010 at 10:28 PM

blatantblue on November 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Some of my replacement parts are older than you.

massrighty on November 8, 2010 at 10:28 PM

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