Speaker of the House John Boehner is a nice man. He means to do well. But, John Boehner is not prepared to lead in the time in which history placed him. When he refused to jail the criminal former IRS executive, Lois Lerner, who the House voted in contempt, Boehner said that had never been done. That is debatable, what is not debatable is that America has never faced a president and administration so intent on erasing any restraint on federal power and willing to use any means, legal or not. Chris and Todd make the case for arresting Lois Lerner and going on offense.
The Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives during the 2010 midterm elections, with a net gain of 63 seats. During his solemn victory speech, Boehner broke into tears when talking about “economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility…I hold these values dear because I’ve lived them…I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American Dream”. November 17, 2010, Boehner was unanimously chosen by the House Republicans as their nominee for Speaker, all but assuring his formal election to the post when the new Congress convened with a Republican majority in January 2011. He received the gavel from outgoing Speaker Pelosi on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. He is the first Speaker from Ohio since fellow Republicans Nicholas Longworth (1925 to 1931) and J. Warren Keifer (1881 to 1883). He is also the first Speaker who has served both as majority and minority floor leader for his party since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn.
As Speaker, he is still the leader of the House Republicans. However, by tradition, he normally does not take part in debate, although he has the right to do so, and almost never votes from the floor. He is not a member of any House committees.
Boehner was narrowly re-elected as Speaker of the House on January 3, 2013 at the beginning of the 113th United States Congress. He received 220 votes, needing 214 to win.
Boehner appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 23, 2014. When asked by Leno if he would ever run for president, the Speaker said no, adding, “I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine, I smoke cigarettes. And I’m not giving that up to be President of the United States.”