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House Majority Leader Boehner: DeLay Lite

Reported by Chrish - February 6, 2006

The interview between Chris Wallace and the new HML on Fox News Sunday today 2/5/06 held no surprises, though there were a few revealing comments made.

At one point Boehner as much as admitted that he would work with Democrats in a bipartisan manner, as they can't win anyway.

WALLACE: You are known as a Republican who can work with Democrats. Do you want to see an end to the hyper-partisanship of the DeLay era, when Democrats were often just shut out of legislating?

(Yapping, as Cavuto calls it.

BOEHNER: Now, I do believe that we ought to have a more open process. The Democrats ought to be able to play. This is the United States of America. This is democracy. And all members should be allowed to have their say. And they can't win. You know, I'm not saying they're going to win everything, but they ought to be able to have their say.

Comment: So as long as Republicans vote strictly along party lines and Democrats can't have any real impact, they can "play" all they want. We can have the appearance of equal representation and the reality of tyranny by the majority.

Another issue, lobbyists' gifts and earmarks for pork projects, shone some sunlight on the leader''s leanings:

WALLACE: If I were a Democrat listening to what you've been saying today -- you're talking about well, we're not going to ban earmarks, we're not going to ban private travel -- I think I could probably make a campaign ad saying business as usual.

BOEHNER: Well, listen, in the past, when these scandals have erupted, what's happened is Congress has overreacted, and two days later nobody knew what happened. And what I want to do is to work with the members to address where the problems are.
(Yapping)
Bringing more transparency to this relationship I think is the best way to control it. But taking...

WALLACE: Not bans.

BOEHNER: ... taking actions to ban this and ban that, when there's no appearance of a problem, there's no foundation of a problem, I think, in fact, does not serve the institution well.

Comment: There won't be any appreciable change because Republicans don't really want it, and Democrats have no power. Yep, business as usual.

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