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Boehner, Cole Both 'Staying'

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) gamely tried to stay on message during a rough interview Sunday on "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," repeatedly emphasizing his party's efforts to bring "change" and denying suggestions that turnover in the leadership ranks is imminent (watch the interview here).

Boehner has been under fire, and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) even more so, for losing three GOP-held seats in special elections in the last two months.

"Some in your party have suggested that you should resign in the wake of these special election losses. Will you?" asked Stephanopoulos.

After explaining that he has a long record as a reformer on the Hill, Boehner said, "I know what needs to be done. ... I'm staying."

As for Cole, Boehner said, "Tom and I had a very good meeting on Friday. ... Frank and constructive and positive."

"So he's staying as well?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"He's staying," Boehner said.

It has been clear since last week that Cole was not on his way out the door (at the moment, anyway). But it still must have been nice for Cole and his allies to hear Boehner say it on national television.

As for Boehner himself, Stephanopoulos may well be right that "some" in the GOP have suggested he should resign. But those dissident ranks include hardly any members of Congress. There is very little sentiment among House Republicans to actually get rid of Boehner now. What would be the point? Who would take over, and what could they do in six months to really change the party's dismal electoral equation?

Now, if the party loses a slew of seats in November, that could well prompt a challenge to Boehner and perhaps Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). But the cliche about not changing horses mid-stream appears applicable here, even if the GOP horse does appear to be trailing badly at the moment.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 19, 2008; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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Wow. The election is really heating up now. And the results from this poll say everything. You won't believe these results!

Posted by: gremmil | May 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else get flashbacks to "Animal House"?

The Deltas (GOP) have just been told that they are on double secret probation (have lost three special elections in strong GOP districts) and that their days in Faber (Washington) are numbered.

Then, John Belushi (McCain) gets up and rallies the gang, yelling "Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?" (Did we surrender when Saddam Hussein and his allies the Iranian Sunnis attacked us on 9/11?!?). Someone stops to point out the error, then D-Day (Charles Krauthammer) says "Don't stop him. He's on a roll."

Belushi (McCain) starts chanting "Toga! Toga! Toga!" (tax cuts! more spending! tax cuts! more spending!) and all the Deltas (GOP) run out of the room.

Posted by: steve boyington | May 19, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

New GOP slogan, given the dive that "Change you Deserve" took: "CHANGE THAT CAN BE MEDICATED!"

Have you lost your home to foreclosure? Yes, that's a change. But it can be medicated! (Effexor)

Does your wife lay dying waiting for surgery that your health insurance won't cover? Yes, that's a change in your life, but it can be medicated! (Effexor)

Is your son up for his 7th tour in Iraq, when he was promised but one? Yes, that's change, but it, too, can be medicated. (Effexor)

When the Republicans bring change, they suggest the Right medication to cope. Effexor XR. Trust the GOP. Trust Effexor --For change you simply cannot endure.

Posted by: Linda Mills | May 19, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

From the WaPooPravda article:

'After explaining that he has a long record as a reformer on the Hill, Boehner said, "I know what needs to be done. ... I'm staying."'

Excuse me Boehner, but the voters will be the ones who will make that decision! You are in the House, so you will face a Democrat on Election Day.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | May 20, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

"Boner" is but a carbon copy of Tom delay. He's a politician who puts personal gain way ahead of the nation's interests. He deserves to get whacked in the next election.
Boner is the poster boy for what's wrong with our politics. He's a greedy, lying, cowardly, SOB. How does crud like that rise to the top? Seriously, HOW?

Posted by: Doubtom | May 20, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Boner and Cole were behind the huge lie that Obama called Israel an "open sore"

These clowns should be remembered in Nov.

Posted by: jr | May 20, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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