John Boehner Here To Stay?

Boehner_2013_postshutdownHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lost on Wednesday. Big time. But contrary to doomsday predictions, it doesn’t mean his days as speaker are numbered.

For weeks, Boehner held firm, standing with the cast-iron conservative members who demanded he use the budget debate to try to shred President Obama’s health-care law. Up until the day before final passage of a deal that gave Democrats a big win, Boehner and his deputies were still searching for ways to take aim at the health-care law.

His efforts, futile as they were, didn’t fall on deaf ears.

“I heard some of the talking heads talking about how folks that don’t agree with Boehner are going to try to do something to hasten his demise. I certainly don’t feel that way,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) Wednesday night on CNN.

“It’s not always about winning,” Salmon concluded. “Sometimes it’s about trying.”

Said conservative Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), per RealClearPolitics: “I don’t think Speaker Boehner has anything to worry about right now.”

Boehner, to hear Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) tell it, is “100 percent stronger.”

Source: Washington Post