Pelosi Predicts Boehner’s Job Is Safe

'At long last he has done the right thing'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gestures after President Obama spoke on auto fuel efficiency standards on July 29, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Wednesday that her counterpart, Speaker John Boehner, will keep his gavel despite the risk that he’ll infuriate conservatives if he allows the Senate’s new debt-ceiling compromise to pass the House with the help of Democratic votes.

Asked on MSNBC if Boehner should remain the Republican leader even after a rough two weeks for the GOP during the ongoing government shutdown, Pelosi, a former Speaker herself, said: “sure.”

“He’s a decent fellow,” Pelosi said. “He has done the right thing. At long last he has done the right thing.”

She  was referring to multiple reports that Boehner will allow a vote on a Senate compromise that would end the shutdown and lift the debt limit, but is loathed by many conservatives in his caucus. Boehner’s office has yet to publicly say if he’ll allow a vote or not.

Pelosi, speaking moments after Senate leaders announced the bipartisan compromise, lamented the gridlock of recent weeks.

“It’s a really sad state of affairs that government would be shutdown not for 16 days,” she said, “that the full faith and credit of the United States would be in doubt.”

7 comments
ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Another person as speaker?  No thinking person in the U S House (there, I eliminated 80% of them) would want to be in charge of herding those alley cats.

There is a reason why a large group of baboons is called a Congress but the baboons have sent a letter to the World Wildlife Fund asking to get a new name for them when they have an assembly because their assemblies usually result in something being done and the U S House is giving them a bad name.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

I don't have any sympathy for Boehner. He has never in his career acted in a high-minded or statesmanlike way. He has instead been a craven tool of the tobacco lobby, the big banks and the oil industry, when he wasn't a craven tool for somebody else. He has for weeks been more worried about his title than the jobs and well-being of hundreds of thousands of his fellow Americans. And he could have stopped all this from the get-go with just the slightest bit of backbone.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

So how hammered will Boehner be 60 minutes after the vote?

Emasculated by the backbenchers for weeks and now praised ( in a backhanded way, but praised none the less) by Pelosi.

HangDiver
HangDiver

Boehner is not a leader, he's a follower, and he should be removed from the Speakership.

dwol001
dwol001

Speaker Boehner needs to loose his gavel.  He's lost control of the House.  He might be a nice guy, but nice guys aern't needed eight now.  If someone gives his word that they won't oppose raising the debt limit like he did in July and recant his statements in Sept, he committed a cardinal sin - he went back on his word.  A man/woman is only as good his his/her word.

jsfox
jsfox

@HangDiver To be replaced with which really crazy Republican? The Democrats  will ensure Boehner keeps his seat . . .  he is electoral gold.