In the House, Boehner’s transition has been notable for its lack of the triumphant tone of the Pelosi transition, as well as that of then-Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1995. Boehner has avoided the media spotlight, making only a handful of public appearances since November’s election and granting two major interviews, including one with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that focused on his working-class roots in Ohio.
Advisers said Boehner is avoiding any effort to make himself the singular face and voice of the new Republican majority, preferring to make the moment about his party and its ideas.
“Boehner’s just a very different guy in this regard,” Winston said. “He’s making it more about policy and issues rather than him and the new majority.”
Republican strategist Mike Murphy said Boehner “has a shrewd understanding of the mood for the country.”
“People aren’t looking for another self-congratulatory Washington coronation,” Murphy added. “They want results. Boehner also knows it would be foolish to repeat Pelosi’s mistake and try to crown himself Emperor of Washington. The Democrats still control the Senate, the White House and the regulatory agencies. You don’t want to appear to own something you can influence but not control.”