Friday, October 28, 2005

Miami Student picks up on Boehner speculation

I was fairly surprised to randomly check out the Miami Student to find this. Surprised for two reasons, 1st-that anyone at the Miami Student was actually aware of the current speculation. 2nd-that in light of that, someone even wrote an article (and a decent one at that).

Anywho-primarily the article revolves around speculation and then the potential benefit it might have for Miami (not much other than clout as Boehner doesn't earmark). But I must say that the speculation in favor of Boehner is picking up steam (do some googling) regardless of whether the Student covered the story. We saw a lot of the same speculation last summer but Boehner was just mentioned as one of a group that could possibly be in line to assume leadership. Now he is the only one being mentioned.

It is widely speculated that the Republican Study Committee does indeed support Boehner. Boehner's long standing no-pork stance could really be paying off for him (as one of only a few GOP House members to vote against the pork-laden Transportation Bill) he can really step above the fray that is excessive spending by Congress and point to his own distinguished record.

My guess is that January will tell us quite a bit. If we don't see something in January a move might be made next fall if the GOP takes a hit in the 2006 elections.


Blogger Steve said...

You guys might be able to comment on this better, but are the congressman going to vote for someone who opposed their precious pork-laden transportation bill?

10/28/2005 10:26 AM  
Blogger Steve said...


10/28/2005 10:26 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I think it gives him a lot of credibility with the Republican Study Committee and other conservatives...It is interesting to wonder if some congressmen would be afraid of him as a leader if he would cut pork and other earmarks that they could bring home.

10/28/2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I don't know Washington well, but based on our experience at the convention I think Boehner is popular even though he votes against big pork bills. I think he is less agressive in his opposition so people don't get upset by it. He is not out there attacking spending loudly and calling for other Republican's heads.

I know what you are saying though Steven, if he was like Brinkman I think you would be exactly right. Brinkman and Faber both are senior Reps. and have never even got to run a committee because they vote against the budget, and publicly demand that others do so as well.

I think Boenher's strength as a politician is the he pulls to the right, without coming off as right wing. I think his social laid back personality is a big reason.

However, the article misses the big point that Nathan mentioned. I think it is great that they acknowledge Boehner's success, but some research would have shown that Boehner has never and will never bring pork back to Ohio. That is a main reason why we love him, this and many drunken nights at his expense.

10/28/2005 6:32 PM  

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