Friday, November 17, 2006
Pence Trounced By Boehner
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) trounced Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) in the race for House Minority Leader by a vote of 168-27 according to the Hotline Blog. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) defeated Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) by a 147-37 vote for the House Minority Whip position. Also, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) defeated Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) for the conference chair position. Republicans who were hoping that the House Republican caucus would shake up their leadership after the beating they took in last week's election are going to be very disappointed by today's outcome. Both Boehner and Blunt have shown themselves to be the consummate insiders who practice pork barrel politics and are ethically-challenged. They present a face of the Republican Party that voters resoundingly rejected in this past election. The GOP may have to suffer yet another election defeat before they figure out something is wrong with their leadership.