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Boehner Wins GOP Leader Race

By Paul Kane

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) won re-election to his post this morning, easily defeating a last-minute challenge by Rep Dan Lungren (R-Calif).

"To rebuild the party, the energy has to come from us. And I will challenge all of you," Boehner said in a speech to colleagues, according to transcripts provided by his office.

Boehner was elected majority leader in early 2006, replacing outgoing Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), and then won the race for minority leader two years ago, after his party was thrown out of power for the first time since 1994.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) (Photo -- Alex Wong/Getty Images)

He has helped oversee a pair of brutal election cycles for Republicans, who've lost 53 House seats combined in 2006 and 2008 and through special elections this year.

But Boehner has not been blamed by most of his colleagues, who largely cast blame on the unpopular Bush administration and a poisonous political environment for Republicans overall.

Outgoing House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (Fla.), who oversees the elections, did not announce a vote tally in the Boehner-Lungren race, according to aides in the room. It was expected to be a large margin of victory for Boehner over Lungren, whose campaign appeared to be based not on trying to win the race but rather on sending a message to the conference that they must change their outlook heading into the next Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2008; 12:07 PM ET
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This is unfortunate because John Boehner (I know him personally) is a neanderthal ideologue who represents everything that has been wrong with the Party for the last ten years. On top of that he has done absolutely nothing for his district in Ohio which he represents.

Posted by: sandram1 | November 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

and a little slimy.

Posted by: Rivery | November 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice of the GOP to keep the leader who has led them to a huge swing from the majority to the minority.

Posted by: havok26 | November 19, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The neo cons give new meaning to the word DUMB!

It is buildin agin the storm and I wonder if the Republicans see it or maybe they think it is a fluke.

Posted by: antonio3 | November 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic.

Boehner is troglodyte. Now all but most demented of what is left of Republican party support will head for the exits.

"...the energy has to come from us." No.
The energy for any political reawakening, just like the energy for any product comes from pent up popular demand. Remember the market?

Force feeding American cars, or inferior politicians, can only work for a little while. You have to recognize what is inevitable and expedite that.

Bye bye Republicans, see you in a few decades.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let Boehner who led the House Republicans into the Minority remain there so that in 2010 there role in the Congress can shrink even more!

Posted by: jmr862003 | November 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are in good shape,this kind of thinking is the reason the right is being humiliated.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | November 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see if Henry Waxman beats the General Motors shill John Dingell for the E&C Committee gavel; that would make me almost as happy as seeing Boehner's "win".

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

A bipartisan victory?

Republicans obviously wanted him re-elected and the Democrats must be smiling also.

Posted by: KHMJr | November 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

KMHJr, you are funny.

Your're right.

This must be the Change We Can Believe In that we all voted for. Look how bipartisan things have gotten already.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

maybe the the gop can go somewhere and try really hard to be United with the rest of the country instead of constanly kicking up mess we have old [newt] then there old [dick armey] and old [tom delay] given comments they are the ones [armey and delay that has Texas district all screw up we need to go in and have that put back like it was they was in charge with all that under dealing but they did thiers damage before they left or was force out of office republicans wake up what you aren't getting your party is out of date peopleare so tired of the republican party you don't have any more power in this country your way of doing things are over we want a United country and that are what thoses of us are striving for, we have to much church in goverment business read your bible GOD concern is saving soul he[GOD] has never made any man or person do anything he don't force anyone to come to him it has to be free will you so called christains should stay out of states affair i am one who don't believe in abortions or gays but that is there business you can't make them do something you want them to do or force them by putting money into a bill to force people to vote a certain way CHRIST tells us you without fault cast the first stone you harp on one or 2 things but you forget a sin is a sin so stop walking around here holt and rightous ans know GOD said venagence is his not man.

Posted by: nyokadavis | November 19, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The GOP just pulled a huge boner.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this another case where both parties have gradually twisted the working of our government? Why do members who have been voted out, and won't be serving for the next two years, get to choose leadership, while those who have just been elected to serve for the next two years, do not get that choice? Shouldn't that be reversed?

Posted by: tedrey | November 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This is great - for the Democrats and the country as a whole. This will insure that few Repukes get elected in the future, by putting the biggest failure from the past in charge. This cretin shouldn't be dog catcher.

Posted by: capone1 | November 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

tedrey, what you are suggesting would not be conservative; it would cause the parties to anticipate the future and reach forward to expedite things that need to happen.

That is simply not what business as usual is all about.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Boehner will have noone to phone after Jan 20 as he has been encouraging via daily phone calls to Bush II that Bush II continue the war and profligate spending. He cried on the House floor when he thought the Iraq War might be defunded. He is more of an actor than a lawmaker with his coiffered hair, expensive suits and empty talk. God help us with leaders like Boehner.

Posted by: mascmen7 | November 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for the GOP, Boehner is what is wrong with the party and thus, what is wrong with this country. He will spend his tenure doing everything he can to undermine the new administration because he knows nothing more than political gamesmanship.

He will unwittingly take down all of us in the process if he is successful.

We need our leaders to work with one another to solve these complex problems or we are all going to suffer even more than we are now, Boehner is a rabid partisan who only wishes to promote his brand of politics which the country has rejected.

He has also made some very ugly and untrue statements about our President-elect.

It is sad that this is all the GOP can offer.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The GOP just refuses to learn that old saying, OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW.

Time for a new, more inclusive GOP, one true to the small giovernment roots.

Posted by: oldbookguy | November 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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