John Boehner, Speaker of the House

Monday, December 06, 2010

New Yorker staff writer Peter J. Boyer discusses John Boehner, the newly appointed speaker of the House of Representatives, the most important Republican in the country. Boyer spoke with Boehner, his article “House Rule,” in the December 13 issue of The New Yorker, looks at the challenges he faces in his new role, including the influence of the Tea Party. 


Peter Boyer

Comments [6]

if they don't do something to generate jobs & reduce taxes, wages, regulation & "entitlements" are NON-starters since they haven't worked for the past 30+ years.

Companies rich off their 10 years of current tax expenditures & bailouts aren't hiring, they're just raising the exec $$$$.

It's time to castrate Citizens United, etc. NOW!

If, as your guest makes fairly clear, the GOP has already started to overreach their "mandate" by austerity instead of stimulus even Wall Street could run - not walk away from the GOP Scare machines & pols.

If the choice is losing all Bush tax expenditures or compromising to save Middle Class tax expenditures - then the correct decision is to NOT do anything.

Let all Bush tax expenditures expire. Don't let Pres. Obama be blackmailed by the Dixiecans!

Dec. 06 2010 12:47 PM

Small wonder Boehner & Co. talked to this reporter -- he repeats every Washington talking-point as achieved wisdom, regards Next Gingrich as a "visionary", and is convinced that "entitlement reform" (not, say, single payer health insurance) is the key to American civilization.

There's a word for this kind of reporter, and it's complimentary.

Dec. 06 2010 12:46 PM

When the 3 most tobacco-connected politicians in modern US history-- Boehner, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell--are the 3 who directed the GOP news conference the day after the 2010 midterm elections, it's shockingly clear that the major winner in 2010 was Tobacco.

Dec. 06 2010 12:34 PM
jacob from Brooklyn

Your guest is factually wrong.

Polling shows strong support for letting the Bush tax cuts expire on those making over $250K. The beltway politics turned against it, not the public.

Dec. 06 2010 12:24 PM
Anna from NYC

Boehner as a House Speaker, what a disgrace; a tear or two in honor of the american dream. it is hard to be optimistic these days specially if being long term unemployed. Plans for upcoming Congress
are all in service of the riches. God save the main street from GOP sharks.

Dec. 06 2010 12:24 PM
Lloyd from Manhattan

We now see, in a Times article today, that the extension of the millionaries' tax cut is unleashing a flood of multi-million dollar Wall Street bonuses. Now we know why Boehner and the Republicans insist on it. Their Wall Street masters are holding them to it.

Dec. 06 2010 12:10 PM

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