Boehner

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Boehner Backs Wall Street Donors in Pension Bill

Take one House majority leader, add more than $870,000 in campaign contributions from the securities and investment industry, and what kind of pension reform legislation do you get?

Make of this what you will...

At least someone has limits on what they'd do for cash.

 

Movie star and pop singer Jessica Simpson, recently of Dukes of Hazard fame, refused to appear at a Republican fundraising event to meet with Bush. It's not clear why the fundraising event is the only time on Bush's schedule.

 

Meet the old boss, same as the new boss

We've already said it, but now the Palm Beach Post is saying it in an editorial detailing how the election of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is not exactly a breath of fresh air. After going through Boehner's history of passing out tobacco checks, the paper notes:

DeLay fights for his political life

That's the headline from this story from the Star Telegram. Boehner's election has shifted the balance of power in Congress. Some select quotes:

[I]t is a diminished DeLay who is fighting for his political life.

The only perk he's got left of his leadership life is his security detail...

People close to DeLay say that he is frustrated by his evaporating ability to act and distracted by his re-election battle.

The Boehner ad

Cold. Hard. Cash.

We've also posted a of Boehner's likeness to the disgraced Majority Leader he replaces, Tom DeLay. Feel free to circulate:

The Facts on John Boehner (R-OH)

1. Like Tom DeLay, John Boehner has close ties to K Street

Counting all the votes, twice

In the race for Majority Leader, early signs are that the Republicans are taking balloting seriously:

House Republicans are taking a mulligan on the first ballot for Majority Leader. The first count showed more votes cast than Republicans present at the Conference meeting.

(via Roll Call)

That's the ticket -- finally the GOP agrees they should count all the votes. Any paper ballots?

Off to the races

Today is the big day: House Republicans will vote on which version of DeLay-ism will be their new majority leader: Roy Blunt (R-MS), John Boehner (R-OH), or John Shadegg (R-AZ).

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State of the Union Drinking Game -- DeLay Edition

Early press reports say President Bush's speech is likely take him about 24 minutes to deliver, but to expect the whole address to last an hour while Members of Congress and assorted dignitaries interrupt to applaud their favorite lines.

To help you enjoy the evening, we've prepared our first ever "State of the Union Drinking Game--DeLay Edition." Here are the rules (feel free to add your own):

1. Every time President Bush uses the word "lobbying reform," chug a beer.

Inside Baseball

If you want an inside baseball account of leadership race campaigning check out this story in today's New York Times, which reports on Blunt, Boehner, and Shadegg stumping among conservative House members. There's talk--and denial--of any trading of favors for votes. The election, implies the paper of record, may come down to personality. Each candidate, apprently, has "stiles and perspectives that play to certain constituencies."