Does It Bother You That Boehner Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere As House Speaker?

September 18, 2014 by Ben Bullard

Whatever happens to the Senate majority after November’s midterms, it’s a sure bet that the GOP House majority is untouchable. As the elections inch closer, and as Congress takes a super-early break for campaigning, it’s almost equally assured that Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio) won’t be losing his grip on the Speaker’s gavel once the dust clears.
Boehner, fresh off a last-minute, pre-break legislative compromise that saw the funding of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and the President’s still-evolving arms alliance with Syrian “moderates” to combat ISIS, is quietly riding a pre-election strategy of see-no-evil; do-no-evil for GOP incumbents who just want to win this fall without rocking the boat.
“House Republicans are not touting a national manifesto ahead of the midterm elections, as they did with 1994’s Contract with America,” The Washington Post observed today. “Their plan to offer a replacement for President Obama’s health-care law has fizzled.
“The sudden elevation of Boehner, 64, is surprising for a party overloaded with tea party stars and White House hopefuls. Yet in a summer of Republican unease and tumult, Boehner’s workmanlike manner and institutional standing has led to a string of successes and new-found support.”
It’s a perfect situation for Boehner, who sees no need to whip up a conservative-ideology offensive against languishing Democrats – even though doing so would put them further on their heels.
In other words, Boehner’s the perfect guy to remain in charge if all the GOP cares about is playing not to lose.