Will All The Real John Boehners Please Step Forward?

Speaker of the House John Boehner in Washington

There’s weepy John Boehner. Then there’s tough-guy conservative John Boehner. Then there’s White House operative, behind-the-scenes John Boehner. Which of these is the real John Boehner (R-Ohio), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Another leaked set of emails this week suggests the last of those, Boehner the RINO appeaser, is the right answer.

David Krone, chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), leaked to the media a series of emails involving Boehner and Reid, who’ve evidently been putting their heads together behind the scenes to concoct a Congressional exemption for Obamacare enrollment — all while Boehner continues to pretend to lead House Republicans’ get-tough opposition to the law.

The emails indicate Boehner and Reid aren’t nearly so far apart on exempting members of Congress from the mandates of the Affordable Care Act as Boehner would have Americans believe.

The Blaze has published portions of the leaked emails, which were first reported on (but not extensively quoted) by POLITICO.  They contain passages like this:

“We can’t let it get out there that this is for [Boehner] and [Reid] to ask the President to carve us out of the requirement of Obamacare,” Boehner chief of staff Mike Sommers wrote on July 17.

“This is a little bit more difficult because it isn’t a routing meeting because [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell won’t be there,” he wrote. “I am even ok if it is the President hauling us down to talk about the next steps on immigration.”

Of course, Boehner and his supporters say there’s a context to all this that easily spins his intent in a more benign direction.

But not a month has passed since Boehner was caught making similar behind-the-scenes moves with President Barack Obama on the Syria debacle, secretly serving as Obama’s GOP informant in an effort to develop a strategy that would force Congressional Republicans’ political hand.

Sources near Boehner said at the time that his staff had fallen in with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough to craft a Syria speech for Obama that would help the President in his ill-conceived attempt to drum up support for a military strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

So which John Boehner will emerge going forward? For conservatives exasperated with RINO leadership in Congress, the best Boehner may the one that decides to allow new leadership to take over his Speaker’s role in 2014. Dare to dream…

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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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  • Harold Olsen

    There is no such person as “tough guy John Boehner.” And, he sure as hell is not a conservative. He puts up a tough front, or he tries to, to give us the illusion that he actually gives a damn. In the end, he always caves to the Democrats and the other gutless members of the GOP are right there with. The Republican party was once the party of ideas. These days, they are totally clueless and could not care less what the American people want. All they care about is what they want, what their masters in the Democrat party want, and what their god and messiah Obama wants. The American people are irrelevant to them. The only time they want to hear from us is at election time when they want us to support them with our money and votes.

  • squeeze127

    We need to start electing Lobbyists, they’re the ones with the big money that these mice run to. Only at election time do they give a hoot about the electorate.

  • peter

    Just another yes man, pandering to those who feed him. Tough guy my ass! If these clowns really wanted to make a worthwhile decision they would need to consult a genuine tough guy like Putin! With these idiots making a serious bid to run the Planet, the world is in bigger trouble than anyone believes and remember too that they are just the messenger boys! They parade as big shots but they are just the messengers! Plain and simple.

  • dan

    hows that song : you’ve got to stand for something,or you’ll fall for anything…

  • Helen Tritt

    Boehner either needs to be fired or resign which ever comes first. He is nothing more than a traitor along with BO who has been doing his evil workings right from the very start. Obummer is an EVIL NARCISSISTIC FRAUD that is DANGEROUS TO THE USA who is aiding and abetting TERRORISM SINCE HE HIMSELF IS A TERRORIST.

  • Alan

    This traitor to the voters should suffer public hanging in front of the W.H.

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  • Michael Shreve

    No Boehner is the EPITOME of the RINO class. Emasculated by both nature and choice.

  • Carlos

    There’s only one speaker worse than John Boehner, “NANCY PELOSI”!!
    Like Joe Biden, she is insurance to keep Boehner in power.

    (less we forget)

  • pnwdave

    I have long questioned Mr. Boehner’s motives, at least in my mind. Sometimes he seems to be a conservative. Sometimes he is a RINO. Sometimes we have no clue of what he stands for or believes.
    If Boehner caves now, when the democrats tell him that eough time has passed on the shutdown issue and he gets no negotiations on the travesty of obamacare, I think he will be done, politically. That may be best for all concerned.