Sunday, January 23, 2011

Boehner Flexes His Party Leadership Muscles

The election of Reince Priebus was a minor setback for the newly crowned Speaker, John Boehner. He didn't have a whole lot of skin in the game, in the sense that Priebus will be a willing partner with Boehner. I only mean that Boehner was openly and strongly supporting a different candidate.

Not a big deal, but I suspect it was something to do with who got picked to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. The smart money was on Marco Rubio to deliver the response - who surely would have jumped at the chance to further raise his national profile. But when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie turned it down, they didn't go to Rubio. They went to Paul Rubio, a congressman from Wisconsin.

My personal suspicion is that this is Boehner letting Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader in the Senate, know that the House (which is controlled by the Republicans) is where it's at - not the Senate (where Democrats still run things).


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