Boehner defends retribution

by Scott Wong - The Hill
January 8, 2015

A day after winning his third term as Speaker, John Boehner (R-Ohio) said his conference had begun a “family conversation” about how to respond to the 25 conservatives who revolted and voted against him on the floor.

Boehner confirmed that the Rules Committee agreed hours after the Tuesday vote to boot two of the defectors off the committee: Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who challenged Boehner for Speaker, and Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), who voted for his fellow Florida Republican.

But the Speaker said no final decisions had been made, suggesting Webster and Nugent could rejoin the committee, even as some rank-and-file members complained bitterly about leadership’s retribution in a closed-door GOP conference meeting on Wednesday.

73 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Robert Wilson says:


  • I Seigel says:

    I keep hearing here that America is “in the crapper” and about Obama’s “destruction of America”. But no one can explain how we’re so bad off. Employment growth is at its highest now since 1999. Stock market at a near record. Historically low interest rates. Energy independence, as the U.S. is now a huge producer of oil. One pipeline was approved and completed last year. All on Obama’s watch. Describe the “destruction”.

    1. reggie says:

      Millions of ill eagle al i ens, who are they? 20% of US is on food stamps, highest ever, fewer full time jobs,
      Read the Christian Science Monitor jan 9, 2015 article by Schuyler Velasco. Infrastructure crumbling, VA crisis not solved, even though he was on that committee since he was a senator. Take the time to read something other than MSM of any persuasion. Read international news, read census reports, read the KINDS of jobs, and pay scales, read competing viewpoints. Don’t just come onto a website and expect others to digest and explain. Make up you own mind.

      1. I Seigel says:

        And what has Congress done to help solve these problems? Appropriated funds for infrastructure? No. Are you saying it’s the government’s purpose to create jobs, or is it the private sector’s? If you believe the government should be in the business of creating jobs, then what job creation bill have the Republicans put forth? In the first 2 weeks of their new majority, they’ve proposed 4 bills about abortion, banking bills that would decrease regulations and safeguards, environmental bill that would do the same. No job creation bill, unless you count Keystone, which would employ, when completed, about 35 full time people. If you want Keystone as a jobs bill, then why not an infrastructure bill for roads, dams, bridges, electrical grid? So what’s their TRUE priority?

        1. Robert Wilson says:


        2. reggie says:

          Sorry for the delay. I was blocked again. Their true priority is to put the US citizen first. How? Follow the law. Immigration would not be ‘broken’ if the law was followed. For example, E-verify was put in place for a reason. Get rid of some of the crushing nonsense that small business has to put up with. It is not the government’s business to create jobs. It’s the government’s business to create the climate that allows for the creation of jobs by the private sector. It is not the government’s job to bail out the sleaze at the top. To big to fail is bs. Obama care is a joke that will ultimately create an additional deficit of trillions of dollars. It’s strictly another name for redistribution of wealth. I’m of no specific political persuasion, and just try to look at what’s happening. Just scratched the surface with the above comments.

          1. I Seigel says:

            If you recall, the bailout started with the Bush Administration. Without the bank bailout, we really would have been “in the crapper”.

            As for E-verify, looks who’s doing the hiring – corporations in Indiana, Alabama, etc, where employers need lots of labor. Unfortunately, they don’t want to support citizen workers and pay a Union-scale wage, so they go for the lowest cost labor they can get – illegal and legal immigrants. White folks don’t want to work for sub-minimum wage and do hard, dirty work. You want to support citizen workers? Support unions! Support a middle class.

            As for your criticism of O’care – all the evidence seems to be against you. more people are getting coverage, premiums are rising at a MUCH slower pace, and there’s more competition in the drug market.

      2. Robert Wilson says:

        WELL SAID.

    2. Robert Wilson says:

      And your liberties are at risk. The pipe line that we need (bracken) is not to be constructed because head of air will not sign the bill. Your fuel bill would drop DRASTICALLY if head-of-air would simply SIGN THE BILL!

      1. I Seigel says:

        What fuel bill would change drastically? What possible backup do you have for your claim, pray tell?

        1. Robert Wilson says:

          Figure it out; A fuel glut equals lower prices at the pump.

          1. I Seigel says:

            If he signed the bill tomorrow, how long would it take for my fuel bill to drop?

            How long will it take before the American suppliers start cutting back on production in order to prop up prices? Don’t look now, they’ve already started!

            Any guess as to why oil lobbyists are pushing Congress to change the laws so that they can export petroleum to other countries?

            How far do YOU expect your fuel bill to fall?

  • Watchdogman says:

    Boehner…Best watch out…those same people will be the NEW and much better Conservatives then your group would ever hope to be…

    1. Robert Wilson says:


  • Charles Glasgow says:

    I think it only practical to be prepared for retribution. A ‘Good ‘ leader knows that you cannot tolerate declension if you’re going to be a succesful one. So, Mr. Yoho, is your resume in with Yahoo? Gonna mention your “Government” service?

    1. Robert Wilson says:

      He is president.

  • Karen Redd says:

    He’s like a pouty little child punishing them for voting against him, saying I’ll get you I’ll make you sorry you did that. That man is a despicable traitor that will harm America if he gets the chance while he smooches up to obama. Why the fools voted for him again I will never understand.

    1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

      Tell me you really do not expect a politician to exact revenge. I will tell you that you are a lying son of as bitch when you try to. The facts are simple Boehner won get over yourself.

      1. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

        That right Bonehead won and America lost yet again! Your also pointing out why he should not be in that position. Classless and without Character! Perhaps that describes all politicians but hey there you go again with your logic that would dictate Americans should kick them all out!

        1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

          Is it that you lack your own ability to verbalize your thoughts? Is that why you feel compelled to put words in my mouth? Do not for one second consider that I am a supporter of Boehner far from it. However for some reason I can comprehend not only why he does things or how he does things but I also fully can see his modus operandi well before most right wingers.

          1. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            I did not put words in your mouth just used perfectly sound logic with what you said. Obviously you do not understand logic. However let pretend you didn’t say it. That would basically mean you believe classless men with little character should be running the country. Thanks for the clarity!

          2. Karen Redd says:


          3. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            Ya know ifn it’s one thing that burns my backside besides a flame just so high it’s a moron who one second says I didn’t put words in your mouth then goes on to say let’s pretend you didn’t say sech and sech. Then also yall air stooped enuff to feel the need to attack me and not discuss the topic. Ifn yall think yall got it in yall to upset me bring it! Otherwise hows about yall shows your dumbness on topic and leave the personal attacks out of it? I’ll bet yall kaint do it!

          4. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            First it was not a personal attack intentionally it however could be seen that way when you failed to grasp it or perhaps communicate well. It is clear your beef is with the association of classless and without character to those you refer to as revenge seeking power abusers. Also clearly the idea that such men have no place ruling our nation. Perhaps a better association for you would be loving and compassionate liberal. If you prefer a lie! The topic is how its been for years. Leadership of both chambers of congress are left and compromised.

          5. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            First it is not my place to interpret your writings. It is not my comprehension skills that need to be honed. It is the writers obligation to be succinct and to the point so as not to allow for any way but one for their thoughts to be put across. You now admit it seems your inability to communicate. I would have merely agreed with your premise had you not childishly attempted to put the thought as if it were mine. Obviously you are just a tad unsure of yourself so you couch your thoughts as if others made them obvious. A pity really since you do not appear to be ignorant only cowardly.

          6. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            It was very clear, you just did not like my interpretation of what you said and the associations. Few other pointers for you: When you relate to men who abuse their power to seek revenge you make it personal. Writers cannot make things clear to all people. Everyone has their own point of view, mental capabilities, knowledge, intelligence, wisdom, common sense and educational understanding. Furthermore statement can be made with multiple meanings, to bend the truth, hide the truth or even show many truths. For example: “You must pass it to know what is in there” to a liberal means it so good even santa would approve and to a conservative it is basically a statement that your to stupid to read it, understand it so just be stupid and write us a bunch of blank checks. What I wrote is very clear and has been explained multiple times to you. Yet your still acting like it was on someone else versus yourself. You felt burned by my point of view and association that men who would abuse power to seek revenge should all be kicked out of office. That is my point of view of what you stated! To me anyone with half a brain would agree to that. Also if you do not want to understand what people are writing then please exist the forum as it is not all about you. There you have it again clearly spelled out for you. Also you feeling burned by that makes a very big statement about the quality of person you are either mentally, in class/character or all of the above. So you made it personal for yourself at least 2 times. It is also hardly cowardly putting it out there. At best you might say sly, sarcastic or over your head. This is my last response because really it is ridiculous to continue this with you.

          7. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            Hopefully after this you will fully understand where you fail when talking about politics. You have no idea of the art of politics and therein lies your problem. Politics as the tea potty and the right is learning is truly the art of compromise. Every politician has basically two areas they can draw from. The newly elected bright eyed fool who has come to Washington to change the world has a closet half of which is nice gifts ( a vote for a certain bill and the small things in DC) the other half is nearly empty Boehner and McConnell have two warehouses each. One full of committee chairmanships and such and the other full of demotions and take aways..They use them skillfully to gain votes and power. Your theory seems to be they should not be able to punish disloyal people? You could not be more wrong. Every, I repeat every politician, operates exactly this way. Do me a favor and I will do you one do me wrong and I will do you wrong. Those that “turned on” Boehner fully knew they were going to get “punished” even though I would agree many may be nearly stupid enough to not expect pay back none of them expected no reaction, no punishment. To sit on the sidelines and expect anything different is ridiculous as well. Need examples? Ask Ted Cruz both of his closets went empty and what is he now a third tier idiot who may not even get to ride in the clown car. He may run alongside and open the door when told. Or ask Mitt Romney. When you have promised away the universe and failed what do you have left to give? Nothing that is why his attempt at being sort of drafted again is childish and stupid.
            As for your foolishness about great writers and clarity you are almost amusing the best writers create thought pictures in readers heads and those pictures are the same for everyone or the stories simply would not work. Do you think the Bible ( The Greatest Story ever Told ) has multiple meanings for each passage? I truly doubt that the writers are not solely responsible for telling it exactly as it is.IN fact I know they were because there were books upon books that were left out of the Bible on purpose because their meaning might have been interpreted wrongly . So my claim that the best written articles pages books whatever have one meaning seem to hold together quite well thank you. However do not give up you will achieve more if you keep trying and good luck!

          8. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            Well you went with thought and a civil tones so I’ll respond and attempt to do the same here. Can you not imagine classless and low character? Does that not create an image in your mind? I might also mention the debate is ongoing as to what the Bible means. Some believe it means Aliens, Some Angels, Some Both. Some think it means we originated in Africa while other might believe the garden of eden was off world. Many interpretations really. How many version of the Bible are there? Honestly I can picture them all. Imagine that! Maybe if you went down to a specific verse I can give you a reasonable answer to that question. I’m glad you think it amusing though. Doesn’t change the fact that it is all true. Good Leadership is not created by fear and control unless you believe someone like Hitler was a good leader. Perhaps a good leader within your described type of bad leaders maybe. America would likely not even exist had George Washington took that method during the revolutionary war. Who would have defected to that or lived had they been captured? You need to research what makes a good leader. In your view of politics we are all just one step away from actual spilt blood on the floors of the capital. Ironically any spilt blood would likely not be from within that room but from those controlling it on the outside. I might add that everything is centralized and any retaliation is done by that centralized authority. That is why any closest might go empty. You already demonstrated how Ted Cruz “per you” has been inflicted with a empty closest. Ron Paul is a perfect example of how that centralized authority works regardless if you supported the man or not. In various primaries they even presented liberal tactics of exerting that centralized control. Again you are describing Boehner and the rest as classless and of lowly character. I agree with that picture you’ve produced in my minds eye. It is a perfect association as such. Also when you agree to something from fear it is not a compromise. It is a surrender or sell out!

          9. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            Hey look I can go back and change what I posted then claim I never said such a thing End of conversation

          10. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            Ironically I just did a word scan of my response and it did not contain 1 “you have to”. Even if it did, it does not change the outcome of the discussion. Also I fail to grasp the picture from your quote since it was incomplete. Your also missing quotation marks. I only point all this out as Liberals are usually doing it to everyone else and your complaining about someone else’s writing as well. Honestly I’m not sure if you are even trying to quote me since it is not even in the posted response. Its ironic you think I’m no better than whatever. What power do I hold over you? Brains? Do you think I’m here seeking revenge? That is funny as calling you out and expanding your mind is hardly an act of revenge. It actually shows that at least someone doesn’t consider you or anyone else a lost cause. Ending the discussion because of someone saying “you have to” is also close minded. Its also interesting that only one thing can close your mind off and stop the learning process. Thanks for the favor of not responding though. I was done several post back anyways.

          11. Robert Wilson says:

            I think you are dealing (futility) with someone , whom of which may be short on brain mass, but long on warm air.

          12. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            Nice try, Any editing I did was well before the 20 minutes you took to respond. I can see how you might have been crossed via an email from that though. Like I said before it would not have changed the outcome of the discussion.

          13. Robert Wilson says:

            This person has spine.

          14. Robert Wilson says:


          15. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            What part of end of conversation confused you?

          16. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            LOL I’m sorry are you exerting your control over me? Maybe you should throw in some fear and lead me down your chosen path. Ironically you are the one who failed to end it. Cute

          17. Robert Wilson says:

            NO FEAR.

          18. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            Are you trying to be a leader or just have the last word. I’m not afraid. Try again!

          19. Robert Wilson says:

            To Huckleberry; Send me your E-mail, I would like to get to know you. Thank You. RW

          20. Robert Wilson says:

            All of it.

          21. Robert Wilson says:

            May GOD bless this person.

          22. Robert Wilson says:

            Do not forget the PAYOFFS. Votes can, and are bought, this is why we now have Democratic republicans.BO. has plenty of swing bucks.

          23. Robert Wilson says:

            Calm down; Some people may not have the ability to see the trees, NOR THE FORREST.

          24. Robert Wilson says:

            So much for the rhetoric.

          25. Robert Wilson says:

            RUN FOR CONGRESS!

          26. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

            If I made sense then I’d probably not make sense for Washington! I’d probably be unelectable as well. Plus no one up there would work with me once I had them all thrown in jail and it would not be in their individual interests.

          27. Robert Wilson says:

            YOUR MOUTH IS FULL OF IT, can’t you see the big picture? Without the liberties that you take for granted, your options in life will be greatly limited.

        2. Robert Wilson says:

          Don’t forget, TURN COAT.

      2. Karen Redd says:

        Do you think he might be a democrat lol?

        1. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

          Isn’t that a given at this point

          1. Karen Redd says:

            Ignore him.

          2. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            And you’re an idiot so thank you as I usually end up trying to help those with illnesses such as yours

          3. Robert Wilson says:

            Then help yourself.

          4. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            I certainly hope that was not meant to impress

          5. Robert Wilson says:

            Yep, enough time wasted.

          6. Karen Redd says:

            Yeah there’s more important things to do, like cleaning the litter box, it would be the same result but at least that would be productive lol.

          7. Robert Wilson says:

            Save the litter box, choke the cat(s).

          8. Robert Wilson says:


          9. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:


        2. Robert Wilson says:

          No! Not just a liberal democrat, but also LOST IN SPACE.

          1. Karen Redd says:

            I think you’re right and we’re talking WAY out there. It’s like we’re in different worlds and I have a hard time understanding where these peoples heads are at, how is that possible, do they just not care? I know I damn sure do.

        3. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

          DO you think he may be a pimp?

      3. Karen Redd says:

        Lol you need to “get over yourself.”

        1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

          You and your little buddy need to get a room! It looks too much like a love fest here and oh by the way I am not lost this is the US of A and if I choose to be here I Can be. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. I never claimed to be a Tea Potty Christian Conservative Republican Asshat, did I?

          1. Karen Redd says:

            You’re boring- and history.

          2. Robert Wilson says:

            Well said.

          3. Karen Redd says:

            Thank you, because I sure did mean it lol.

          4. Robert Wilson says:

            Thank Mohammed!

      4. Robert Wilson says:

        Boehner is the result of mass hysteria within the ranks of the Republican party.

    2. Robert Wilson says:

      REMEMBER WHICH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR BOEHNER. These liberals better listen to the people..

  • Halftrack2 says:

    Boehner had 6 years to stop Omuslim’s destruction of America and he has caved in to him every time..When he repeals Obama care or stops illegal immigration and closes the southern border he may be deserving of the speaker’s job…..not until he has proven himself…

    1. IllBeYour Huckleberry says:

      He has already proven himself, a liberal!

      1. reggie says:

        If he had enough hair, I’d send the crybaby some pink bows and a kneeling pad so that when he’s bowing to blamer, someone could kick his zzz when it was straight up in the air.

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