Posted: 5:22 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Suddenly, John Boehner is a liability in Georgia 

By Jim Galloway

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP file/J. Scott Applewhite

For the past five years and change, Republicans have delighted in watching some — usually white — Georgia Democrats scatter when President Barack Obama comes near.

But they are coming close to having the same persona non grata problem — in the form of House Speaker John Boehner. And Paul Broun, the Athens congressman and GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, is helping to make it so.

The gentleman from Ohio pronounced himself highly ticked off at the kamikaze tactics of the tea party movement after last year’s federal shutdown. “Frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner said in December.

The GOP’s right wing felt much the same last week when Boehner ended his search for a debt-ceiling deal that his House Republican caucus could support. Boehner allowed the debt increase to pass his chamber with a minimum of GOP votes — and a maximum of Democratic ones.

Certain groups immediately declared open season on the House speaker. “A clean debt ceiling is a complete capitulation on the speaker’s part and demonstrates that he has lost the ability to lead the House of Representatives,” said our own Jenny Beth Martin of Cherokee County, speaking for Tea Party Patriots. “It is time for him to go.”

Suddenly, it is good politics in Georgia to advertise one’s distance from Boehner. No one has done it more effectively than Broun — helped by a group known as the Madison Project, which is backing his Senate bid.

When it endorsed Broun last week, the tea party organization said Broun’s “special” voting record included a 2013 vote against Boehner’s re-election as speaker. Broun was the only House Republican from Georgia to oppose Boehner.

On Monday, Broun used Boehner as a club to bash Senate rival Jack Kingston, the Republican congressman from Savannah. At issue was the National Journal’s ranking of Kingston as the 17th-most-conservative member of Congress.

“Kingston conveniently fails to explain that the National Journal uses Speaker Boehner’s position on issues as the benchmark definition of conservative,” Broun declared. “While we all wish that was a reliable measure … experience has taught that it’s not.”

The next day, at a forum of Senate candidates at Turner Field hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business, Broun painted all his rivals with a Boehner brush.

Broun told the audience that he was the only candidate of smaller government. “Not more, not an efficient, socialist government like most Republicans in Washington have been promoting, like most candidates — or all the candidates — in this race are promoting,” he said.

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Paul Broun gives his opening remarks, as Phil Gingrey and Karen Handel listen, at a Tuesday forum for U.S. Senate candidates at Turner Field. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

After the NFIB forum, Kingston declined to respond to Broun’s attacks. Asked whether the speaker of the U.S. House had become a liability in his race, Kingston — a member of the House Appropriations Committee — offered a simple “no.”

But it’s clear that being pegged as a “John Boehner liberal” — the mind boggles at the phrase —  has become a real concern.

Georgia has a banquet of GOP congressional races this year where the Boehner conundrum is even more pronounced. In the 12th District race to face down U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, Republican John Stone — one of three candidates in the GOP primary — has based his campaign on regime change among House Republicans in Washington.

Closer to home, Phil Gingrey — like Kingston, another GOP candidate for the Senate — voted for Boehner as speaker in 2013. But in the Republican race to replace the Marietta congressman, the best that the House speaker can hope for these days is uncomfortable silence.

Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville has, like Broun, been endorsed by the Madison Project. “He will not support Boehner as speaker,” spokesman Dan McLagan said.

State Rep. Ed Lindsey of Atlanta declined to declare himself anti-Boehner, but he offered this: “Our speaker should always enforce the rule that legislation should only come to the floor for a vote if a majority of our Republican caucus supports it. No exceptions.”

Significantly, Boehner violated the so-called “Hastert rule” by bringing last week’s debt-ceiling increase to a vote.

Last year, Bob Barr’s campaign manager — who has since exited — cited the former congressman’s connections to Boehner as a reason that voters should support his bid to return to Washington. His new campaign manager, son Derek Barr, did not respond to inquiries Wednesday.

Marietta businesswoman Tricia Pridemore simply wouldn’t answer the question. “Suffice it to say, while I’ve no time to consider for whom I’ll vote for speaker, I can assure Georgians it will never be Nancy Pelosi or one of Obama’s Democrat apologists,” she said.

Speaking of Pelosi — the California congresswoman is proof that Boehner’s unpopularity among his own kind isn’t necessarily a lifelong condition. The polarizing former House speaker, who remains the Democrat that Republicans love to hate, will be the headliner this morning at a downtown Atlanta forum on women in the workplace.

No doubt she’ll be surrounded by hundreds of people unafraid to be seen with her.

48 comments
KennethKoons
KennethKoons

Every Dem elected props up the tyranny of Obama and the coming Queen, Hillary. Voters in Ga. should just forget all the media info  and vote for the Pub of their choice. Dems are simply un-Const. and any Dem elected drains our Republic and our heritage, history and values.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

But wasn't it John Boehner who first declared war on the Tea Party back on Dec. 12, 2013, when he stated: “I thought it was my job and my obligation to stand up for conservatives here in the Congress who want more deficit reduction, stand up for the work that Chairman [Paul] Ryan did,” Boehner said. “I think they're pushing our members in places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility."?


I am not surprised Dr. Broun is the only senatorial candidate who voted responsible to remove Boehner from his speakership position in 2013, while Dr. Gingrey and Mr. Kingston voted in his support.


ex animo

davidfarrar

Derwin0
Derwin0

"Usually White"?!?  Why make a racial comment?  They do the same thing with Pelosi and Reid.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Suddenly the former barkeep, House Speaker John Boehner, turns out to be Mr. Steady, Mr. Thoughtful, Mr. Mature.  The crack-pot anti-government Dr. Broun, who refused to get a medical license, apparently finds those qualities threatening and, of course, impossible for him to obtain.  Keep quoting this crack-pot while he drives what is left of the Old Confederates straight into the wall.  Good riddance.  Maybe he'll take a few of those other clowns trying to squeeze out of the tiny car with him. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

The Tea Party tools (property of the Koch boys) do not think that they should have to pay off their Iraq war debt or their prescription drug company benefit debt or give up any benefits to offset their tax cuts. They want to pay for it all by taking away other's social security and Medicare benefits.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Words are inadequate for me to describe the disgust I feel, right now, with my birth state.  One day Georgia will break through its reactionary and regressive political and social consciousness.  If Apartheid's being ended in South Africa was possible during my lifetime, there is still hope that Georgia, and Georgians, will reach more enlightenment before I pass from this Earth. Hope springs eternal."

Feel free to leave your birth state.  Liberal strong-holds like New York, New Jersey and heck even California would love to have you move there since droves are moving out.  Comparing South Africa to Georgia????  Your truly are a moonbat. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...and who exactly is the nobody that the libs will nominate???

Boehner = Bad; Pelosi = Good????  Jimmie boy has lost what little credibility he had as a "journalist"

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

That someone who will commit acts of governance is a liability for that reason speaks volumes about how committed Georgia Republicans are to running on crazy.

notagain
notagain

Boehner,and his followers showed a little common sense,while the remainder acted like the doty old white men they are.

DS
DS

It will be interesting to see if any of these anti-Boehner Republican candidates win seats in the House. Think they'll get plum committee assignments with that on their record?

honested
honested

By the way, the 'hastert rule' is just a figment of governance reality that bubbled to the surface after the nut getrich regime.


It helped paper over the glaring inadequacies hastert inherited as the 'last man standing' to become Speaker despite never demonstrating any qualities of coalition building, negotiation or (dare I say it), COMPROMISE!

honested
honested

news from the teaklan

"John Boehner capitulated to reality and carried out his elected and sworn responsibilities to Govern.

This renders him inadequately disjoint from reality to be considered a leader in the Georgia gop."


Different wording, same story.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville has, like Broun, been endorsed by the Madison Project. “He will not support Boehner as speaker,” spokesman Dan McLagan said.

We all remember barry, the man who, at his own expense flew to DC to remove the barricades at the WWII Memorial, who stood toe to toe with Park Security and refused to back down (from the lone 5'2" female guard on duty), somehow unmindful that his TP compatriots had caused the Memorial to be shut down in the first place.

Last year, Bob Barr’s campaign manager — who has since exited — cited the former congressman’s connections to Boehner as a reason that voters should support his bid to return to Washington.

I've seen a weasel, and I have seen people weasel out of something, but I've never seen a weasel weasel out of something. I look forward to a new experience in my life when I see the weasel bobb barr weasel out of this.


The polarizing former House speaker, who remains the Democrat that Republicans love to hate, will be the headliner this morning at a downtown Atlanta forum on women in the workplace.
No doubt she’ll be surrounded by hundreds of people unafraid to be seen with her.

   Otherwise known as the 45% of the electorate the repups have ignored, alienated, and lost for at least a generation.


The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Ah, election year politics of ultra bias and personal attacks through Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Nothing else like it.  At least we have the Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter puff pieces here to look forward to once the general election campaign starts in earnest.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

MESSings:

Yep, GA will one day break through its reactionary and regressive .... (vomit).  Yep, and be just the way the liberals want it to be.  After all, they are the all-knowing bunch that are always right and never wrong.  Mary E - I suggest you check out some other fine places to live...in liberal areas where there is an eternal flame, butterflies, happy chirren running around, high taxes, everyone smiling...you know the liberal utopia.  It's out there, I'm sure because you believe it to be.


SPaulT - Are you sure they would be shooting EACH OTHER?


Chris30338;  "Of course, Georgia Republicans will probably elect one of the nuts as they never cease to amaze me."  Geez, don't they know they could just as easily elect a Democrat and solve the problem?


B31: Weren't you ever schooled on the old axiom, "It takes one to know one?"

The Republican Party in Goergia (sic) is rife with Clown like politicians with a GOOBER mindset. A Backwards thinking people of LOW Intelligence. They are the Liability...[by the way, use a hyphen between Clown and like...that's (or was  in my day) proper American English grammar.

Enoch19
Enoch19

O but the democrats are still scattering when Obama comes to down.  It's just that the AJC shill machine does not cover it.  Obamcare is so ugly that Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn won't campaign for it. ( of course they will be fervent supporters AFTER an election).  Galloway is just a hypocrite


MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

'But it’s clear that being pegged as a 'John Boehner liberal' — the mind boggles at the phrase –  has become a real concern (in Georgia).'

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Words are inadequate for me to describe the disgust I feel, right now, with my birth state.  One day Georgia will break through its reactionary and regressive political and social consciousness.  If Apartheid's being ended in South Africa was possible during my lifetime, there is still hope that Georgia, and Georgians, will reach more enlightenment before I pass from this Earth. Hope springs eternal.

Chris30338
Chris30338

Lets see: So Broun's the creationist, anti-science nut job, Gingrey needs the raise because he thinks that making $175K as a Congressman is beneath him since he's a failed physician and wants the promotion to $350K as Senator, Kingston wants children on reduced school lunch programs to mop the floors in their schools while himself racking up thousands in free lunches which he expenses to the tax payer, and Karen Handel is the anti-abortion nut who hasn't had a steady job in a long time. So looks like Purdue has the upper hand except that his relative, Gov. Purdue did absolutely nothing for Georgia during his tenure except perhaps keep the Governor's Mansion warm and occupied.


My bet's on Purdue because voters want to believe he can't be as USELESS as the former Governor. Of course, Georgia Republicans will probably elect one of the nuts as they never cease to amaze me.

Bernie31
Bernie31

The Republican Party in Goergia is rife with Clown like politicians with a GOOBER mindset. A Backwards thinking people of LOW Intelligence. They are the Liability...

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Nice try by Democrat Galloway.

Broun is the far right candidate who will not win the GOP nomination, and Democrats attempting to use him as a battering ram is all too transparent.

honested
honested

@Numbers_R_Us  

They view their role as confiscators of wealth and free from responsibility to remit to cover thei consequences of their rapacious behavior.

And we thought the MIC was bad but at least they abide by some Government oversight.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

Why would one chose moving over working to cure the mental disease temporarily holding sway over the land we love?

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

An odd question.

Why do republicans hate America to the degree they prefer incompetence and inadequacy over hard choices and good governance?

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist  

Talk to people in Cassville and Adairsville, they are glad to be rid of 'crazy' loudermilk (although they might have to tell you in private).

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan  

mikey, 

What sector of society (if any) has profited since the 2003 takeover of Georgia governance by the wrong wing.

Take your time, I'm sure you can dig out something.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHanniganmikey hannigan, as unhinged as always. Barely a coherent statement in the entire dissertation, just typing, that's all. We're led through a maze of [ ] and ( )  and .... with interior monologue so lacking in coherent thought, that Dostoyevsky is going to sue for copyright infringement. 

Keep up the good work mikey, and please, get back on your meds. The doctors have your best interests at heart.

Kamchak
Kamchak

...they are the all-knowing bunch that are always right and never wrong.

Asserted by no one here but you.

Just sayin'.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@Enoch19 Both Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter has indicated that they understand the stupidity of turning away billions of federal dollars that could be pumped into the Georgia economy for healthcare, emergency room support, and hospital construction.  They also understand the long term goals of Republicans in closing healthcare for lower economy families in an attempt to create added distress for Georgian Democrats.  I have heard the words "Sadistic and inhumane" - so, Enoch, start salivating, red meat is on its way - dead poor people.  Enjoy your feast.  

honested
honested

@MaryElizabethSings  

However, the phrase 'john boeher liberal' should provide everyone with a good 'roll on the floor and pee myself' laugh.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Chris30338


I heard David Perdue on a talk radio show last evening.  What an ego he displayed.  Evidently, David Perdue lives on Sea Island, Georgia.  I do not believe this man fully understands the average Georgian, even though both of his parents were school teachers in Georgia. David Perdue is much too self-involved, imho.


Don't vote for any Republicans, Chris.  Vote Democratic.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

(dis)honest:  Probably the same sector that profited from November, 1853 until January 2003.  !50 years of good ol' Democratic progressive governance vs. 10 years of Republican.  But, of course, we all know that the pure white, all-knowing Democrats who ruled the roost wouldn't even think of profiting from being in power - naw, that's only Republicans.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@AuntieChrist @MichaelHannigan 

Gee, I thought I'd never get you out of your cave, AuntieC-----.  glad I finally made you come out of your closet ahead of time. I know you'll be happy to know that even I spotted your cultured British spelling of the Americanized "monolog." I wish Benj. Franklin was still around, I'd throw that in his face and make him come clean.

I gave up on my meds...the doctor said they would eventually rot my brain and I would start drooling and really speaking in tongues (read: liberal theology) and no one could tell what I had become, but that most would vote for liberal. Now you know why I had to give them up.  thanks for asking, however.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak  

Can't understand why.  This blog has ALWAYS been 99% Republican-Conservative in it's blogisphere.  You'd think some of them on this particular panel, you know, you, B31, SPaulT, Chris30338, et al. could and should come to my defense.  Would that just about make it right then?

I know they agree...uh, don't you and they?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MaryElizabethSings 

(dis)honest:  Is your blog some secretive form of juxftposition of thought, i.e., "...and pee myself laugh..." ? ? ?

I can't for the life of me figure out that last part.  Please enlighten the Mensa class on here.

Kamchak
Kamchak

150-year rule by the dixiecrats-turned-democrats-turned-ideologues, etc.?

Democrats? Yes.

Conservatives? Yes.

Progressives have never run state politics in Georgia.

Just sayin'.


BTW, it's a simple matter to delete your own post and then correct mistakes.

First day with that brand new deductive reasoning?

Just askin'.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak re: the !50(sic)years...

When the DJC allows blogs to be edited before final posting, we will all have a chance to correct typos.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

You, of course, know for certain that "..over half of the current 'republicans' were former dixiecrats.

It might surprise you to know that same percentage of the current democrats were also "dixiecrats." 

And, by "wilderness" you are referring to the 150-year rule by the dixiecrats-turned-democrats-turned-ideologues, etc.?


I don't know about your last statement since it means nothing.  There are equal amounts of crooked democrats as there are Republicans.  Morals? Ha, let's call it even there if you're really HONEST, Ed.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested 

Yo genius, over half of the current 'republicans' were former dixiecrats.

Get rid of the party switchers and you are back in the wilderness.

What's it like to depend on people with no real loyalty or morals to run what you pretend is a 'government'?

Kamchak
Kamchak

!50[sic] years of good ol' Democratic progressive governance...


Not intended to be a factual statement.

Just sayin'.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@CherokeeCounty  Speaking of glass houses; remember when Newt, Barr and Hastert (he of the "youthful indiscretion" (in his mid 40's) of fathering an illegitimate child) toted impeachment papers over to the Senate? Heck, most of us were grown in our 40's, but, pubs are different. Newt was in his third (that we know of) "youthful indiscretion" with Cruella, and Barr's wife shared his cancelled check with the media. And they all crashed and burned. Why do they keep coming back?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

the rest are in you (sic) mindless camp

People in glass houses...

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak @MichaelHannigan 

Kamchak. you apparently have a problem with literary satire and I can't help you there. Of course, sport, there AIN'T anybody on this blog that would agree with me save one or two whom I don't ask to so so.  The rest are in you mindless camp, liberal to the core and, of course, would NOT "assert" what I said!

Just answerin'..

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan

Perhaps you should respond to what I actually post rather than the sh*t you make up and wish I had posted.

Just suggestin'.