Friday, February 03, 2006

A new day for Republican leadership

Do-Over on First Ballot (for the new Majority Leader):
The first count showed more votes cast than Republicans present at the Conference meeting.
In the end, they worked it out and decided that Jim Ryun's 2 votes were not enough to make him leader, and gave the post not to front-runner Roy Blunt, but to creationist ally John Boehner. Boehner has also tried to gut the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Protection Act, the cornerstone of environmental protection.

It's worth noting that, in writing to the Ohio Board of Education, the Representative lied in his official capacity about the contents of a law he helped pass. He stated "the Santorum language is now part of the law." In fact, it is part of a conference report, but was removed from the law itself.

How did he win? By courting K Street lobbyists (2005 article):
Many GOP sources say Boehner would receive strong support from his so-called K Street Cabinet if he decides to run for another leadership post. He is considered a strong contender to become majority leader or speaker if DeLay, who is under indictment on charges of conspiracy and money laundering in Texas, does not return to his post or if Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) retires in 2008.
DHinMI links to a Bloomberg article which reminds us that

In 1995, Boehner handed out campaign checks from the tobacco industry to members on the House floor at a time when lawmakers were considering eliminating a tobacco subsidy.
My emphasis.

Is this really "a shift away from [Republicans'] recent immersion in special-interest pork-barrel politics"?