June 30, 2013


An Unintimidating Speaker

"When someone crosses John A. Boehner, he or she can expect a couple of reactions from the House speaker. Sometimes it's a thwack on the back and a disapproving shake of his head, quickly followed by a begrudging smile to indicate that all is forgiven. Sometimes it's a fake yell and then a shrug. One recalcitrant even got rewarded," the Washington Post reports.

"Never -- ever -- is there a sense of real anger from the Ohio Republican. His leadership style does not involve rapping knuckles, breaking arms or even threatening to rap knuckles or break arms. He has sworn off intimidation and punishment, in a House that has rarely been run on anything else."

"As a result, Boehner has allowed rank-and-file Republicans more freedom to vote their will, with him or against him, than any speaker in modern times."










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