Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Look who replaced Delay

I was listening to Meet the Press from the 5th. Tim Russert usually is a pretty soft interview in comparison to the other boring Sunday morning shows. And that is usually a recipe for really boring.

But I was listening, and I usually only listen if it is a guest I want to hear. But Russert sounded lively. Here is some excerpts from his interview of the new majority leader in the House, John Boehner of Ohio:
MR. RUSSERT: From 535 members of Congress, John Boehner ranked number 10 according to PoliticalMoneyLine, which did analysis of this. Over the last five years they say John Boehner received trips which would equal $157,000, privately funded. And they point out where you went, which is-and here's, here's a list, Congressmen Boehner: White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, where the Green Briar Resort is, eight times; Boca Raton, Florida, six times; Scottsdale, Arizona, four times; Monterey/Pebble Beach, California twice; Edinburgh, Scotland, home of St. Andrew's Golf Course, twice. Foreign travel: Rome, Venice, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona.

To the American people looking at that, they're saying those aren't exactly the global hot spots in terms of conflict. But they are places that you'd want to go and relax or play golf.

REP. BOEHNER: People want-people invite me to give speeches.
MR. RUSSERT: You said this, according to The Washington Post: "'Yes, I'm cozy with lobbyists,' Boehner told lowmakers-lawmakers concerned about his K Street lobbyist connections, 'but I have never done anything unethical.'" Is that the standard?

REP. BOEHNER: Tim, everything I've ever done in my entire political career has been to the benefit of my constituents and the American people.

And here is the big chink in the armor in terms of Party unity for the Republicans:

MR. RUSSERT: You gave $5,000 from your PAC-leadership PAC to Tom DeLay's defense fund.


MR. RUSSERT: You think Tom DeLay's innocent?

REP. BOEHNER: I do think he's innocent.

MR. RUSSERT: If he is acquitted and chooses to come back to Washington and wants to become majority leader again, would you step aside?

REP. BOEHNER: I'm sure we'll talk about it. Tom and I have a different approach.

MR. RUSSERT: You would talk about it?

REP. BOEHNER: Well, Tom and I have-have different approaches. But I think what's going on in Texas with Tom DeLay is unfortunate, unfair and highly partisan. And that's why I gave him that money out of my PAC, to help him pay for his tremendous legal costs.

MR. RUSSERT: But if he's acquitted and decided to come back to Washington and reclaim the majority leader position, you would consider...

REP. BOEHNER: Under-he stepped down as majority leader. He vacated his seat. We had an election, and I won. But I like Tom DeLay. He's been a great leader for our party. He's a friend of mine, and we're going to continue to work closely together.

MR. RUSSERT: But would you step aside for him?

REP. BOEHNER: I said we would talk about it.

I am not so sure Boehner was the right guy to put in. There is going to be a lot going down over the next year.


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