Right Turn – Speaker Boehner hits a home run
Jennifer Rubin (and many, many others) feel Speaker Boehner made a good first move with his speech today after accepting the gavel.
John Boehner has benefited from low expectations. Liberals scoffed at the idea that he would be an adequate rival to the president. Republcians had their own doubts. But in his maiden speech, he did about as well as a pol can in delivering a core message: We are humble. We heard the voters. We’re here to end the spend-a-thon. In his words:
We gather here today at a time of great challenges. Nearly one in ten of our neighbors are looking for work. Health-care costs are still rising for families and small businesses. Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy. Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions.