Ready For More Boehner? Boehner Is

Speaker of the House John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday he fully intends to be Speaker of the House again when the dust has settled after the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, he’s all but certain of it.

Boehner told The Cincinnati Enquirer Monday that not only does he plan to seek another term as speaker, but, he gloated, “It won’t even be close” when Congress reconvenes to select a speaker following the midterms.

Boehner chalks up his next shoo-in not to the good will of voters in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District or to a broad-based clamor from Americans appreciative of his leadership, but to a swelling chumminess with other House Republicans who’d rather see him continue in the position than offer up a new Congressman for the position.

“I think I’m in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years,” Boehner explained.

So far, Boehner looks to be a lock for the GOP nomination to retain his House seat. He faces opposition in the primary election from a trucker and an anti-amnesty, anti-Fed computing consultant. The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC also recruited schoolteacher J.D. Winteregg to run against Boehner in the May 6 primary.

In all, Boehner faces eight Republican challengers, a handful of whom agree on most of the Tea Party’s conservative talking points. Each of them will have a steep uphill climb against Boehner.

Although the Speaker of the House doesn’t have to be an elected Congressman, tradition has always placed a Congressman in the role.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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