While dealing with the challenges of his own conference, Boehner was also waging battles with the White House and Senate Democrats.
GOP aides and lawmakers, speaking on background, portrayed Boehner as the calm negotiator who repeatedly exasperated President Obama.
Boehner last month asked the networks to televise his response to Obama’s address to the nation, a request which infuriated the White House, Republican sources said.
On July 23, they claim, the White House called Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), telling her not to participate on a call with Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Pelosi informed Reid, who declined to participate, and the call was canceled, the Republican sources said. (A Pelosi spokesman could not be reached for comment.)
Later that day, the four leaders met with Obama at the White House. At one point, GOP officials said, the Democratic and Republican leaders asked Obama and his aides to leave the room to let them negotiate.
The article goes on to say that the group was able to reach a tentative agreement and went from there to something that could pass.
What kind of man-child is the President of this country? How did we get a malignant narcissist in this office who is such a detriment to basic governance? It’s not just that his ideas are bad, it is that he is bad. He’s unpleasant, self-centered, arrogant, smug, foolish, and ignorant.
And just because I was pretty angry with the deal from a purely fiscal standpoint, I want to give a shout-out to John Boehner for honorable behavior. Or at least, if this is true, it is more honorable than we’ve seen in the past (Hello, Obamacare Christmas Eve vote and Stimulus bribery money!)
In the midst of a rebellion from his own colleagues, John Boehner faced a big decision.
It was 10 p.m. last Thursday, the most stressful moment of his Speakership.
Boehner’s debt-limit bill was short on votes, and the GOP leadership was forced to change the measure so it could attract the support of recalcitrant members.
With dozens of reporters staking out the Speaker’s office and Democrats trying to contain their glee, Boehner could have pressed to work through the night to move the amended bill early Friday morning.
The Ohio Republican, characteristically calm, had another plan. He told the battle-weary team of GOP leaders holed up in his office that he was going to postpone the vote until Friday.
It was, to say the least, an unusual move. Delay usually means death for bills, and there were whispers that Boehner’s Speakership was on the line.
“I know I’m going to take a hit in the press, but we need to do this in the light of day,” Boehner told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and leadership aides.
Some objected, but Boehner, having lived through prior GOP arm-twisting eras, held firm.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who along with his fellow four Palmetto State colleagues had been firm “no” votes, came away impressed.
Calling the whipping operation “awesome,” the freshman said that his leadership team “respected the fact that reasonable minds can differ and there’s been no pressure, no intimidation.”
In the Tom DeLay era, Gowdy would have faced punishment of some kind, such as being passed over for a key committee. Leadership aides say Gowdy and others will not be penalized.
Keep up the honesty, John. It’s one of the few things we truly lack in the cesspool that is DC.