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John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

By CHARLES BABINGTON
September 5, 2010

John Boener (AP)

John Boehner could walk down most American streets without turning a head.

But the perpetually tanned, chain-smoking Ohioan might be the next House speaker and a huge force in national politics, trying to manage an increasingly libertarian-leaning Republican caucus while leading the opposition to President Barack Obama.

For those who know Boehner (pronounced BAY’-nur), the question is which version of the House Republican leader will emerge as speaker if the GOP takes at least 40 seats from Democrats in November.

Will it be the policy-minded lawmaker who sometimes shows bipartisan tendencies?

Or will it be the partisan of recent months who shouted “hell no” to Obama’s health care bill?

Boehner left little doubt that the president and other Democrats will face fierce resistance in the House if he is speaker, starting with a push to dismantle Obama’s hard-fought health care law.

“We’re going to do everything we can to prevent this law from being implemented, and I mean everything,” Boehner said in a recent interview. “I think it will ruin health care and bankrupt the country.”

In truth, Obama’s veto powers will make it virtually impossible to repeal the law. Still, Boehner said, he would use every parliamentary and appropriations trick available.

Boehner, 60, has been raising his profile in recent days, giving well-publicized speeches in Cleveland and Milwaukee criticizing Obama’s economic and military policies.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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2 Responses to John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

  1. Bill

    September 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

    yeah! and finally we can stop offering health care for kids who can’t afford any.

    What has happened to the country I grew up in where people worked together and tried to help one another? The road now taken is a mean and unforgiving path to hell.

  2. political forum

    September 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    It will be just like when Clinton was President and Newt Gingrich shut down the government. Just an absolute opposition branch of the government to President Obama. Nothing but baseless investigations and no to everything. A regular three ring circus it will be for the next two years.