Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Speaker and Minority Leader

Congratulations goes out to Speaker-Elect Boehner on his unanimous victory this afternoon. The passing of the gavel is going to be glorious to watch, eh?

Also, I want to thank Democrats in Congress for re-electing Nancy Pelosi to be your leader in Congress. According to Rep. Heath Schuler, a challenger to Pelosi for the leadership gig, there was a lot of "unrest in the room".

Nothing live a little civil disorder among the Democratic caucus to brighten your day, eh?

Now Republicans in Congress need to take advantage of the gift Democrats gave them. Continue to raise Pelosi's profile. Don't let Democrats force her into the shadows.

Obama & Pelosi. We should hear that phrase a lot.

UPDATE: I was sent excerpts of Boehner's speech from the Speaker-Elect's office. Check it out:
“This is the dawn of a new majority. . one I believe will be humbler, wiser, and more focused than its predecessors on the priorities of the people. It will have these traits not because of me, but because of you, and the people you serve. It will have these traits because it was forged in the fires of a new movement that repudiated Washington, and gave us more than 80 new colleagues to stand with us for freedom and smaller government.”

“The job of the next Speaker is to work to restore the institution. . .restore it to being the People’s House. It’s not about us; it’s about them. And what they want is a smaller, less costly, more accountable government. More jobs, less spending. It’s that simple.

"For the good of our nation, and the hopes and dreams of future generations, we have to get this right. We’re going to move ahead with humility. . .cheerful in our demeanor, and steady in our principles. . .always mindful that the power we hold is entrusted to us by our fellow countrymen and the nation we serve. I’m honored and humbled by your confidence in me to lead the House as we begin this journey. From the bottom of my heart – thank you. Let’s get to work.”

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