Do Boehner and McConnell Get Along?

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell “have never been best friends,” Roll Call reports.

“But they aren’t enemies, either. Far from it, say staffers and sources who know both lawmakers. The speaker and the Senate’s presumptive new majority leader have built, over the years, a solid professional relationship based on a sturdy sense of mutual respect. That relationship is in the spotlight now more than ever, with Republicans emboldened in the wake of Tuesday’s wave election that saw the GOP pick up at least eight seats in the Senate and more than a dozen in the House.”

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  • ProfessorNewshound

    Obama demonstrated in the previous budget showdowns that he was willing to accept historic changes to entitlements in exchange for a relatively modest deal on taxes. McConnell knows this and is a shrewd guy — you gotta think he would like to make a deal. The question will be the House rank-and-file (Boehner will agree with McConnell) and the Senate wing nuts like Ted Cruz, as well as liberals who wont stomach the entitlement cuts. My guess is that, once again, no deal happens.

  • ProfessorNewshound

    Obama demonstrated in the previous budget showdowns that he was willing to accept historic changes to entitlements in exchange for a relatively modest deal on taxes. McConnell knows this and is a shrewd guy — you gotta think he would like to make a deal. The question will be the House rank-and-file (Boehner will agree with McConnell) and the Senate wing nuts like Ted Cruz, as well as liberals who wont stomach the entitlement cuts. My guess is that, once again, no deal happens.

    • Robbins

      A deal won’t happen.Obama was heavily criticed by his own party.The senate caucus on Dem side is mor eliberal with their losses.

      If republicans wouldn’t agree with raising taxes on rich back in 2011 why would they do so now.
      Obama Is an idiot If he signs cuts to entitlements with nothing to show for it.And he didn’t get anywhere by being an idiot.

      • ProfessorNewshound

        Correct — the GOP won’t deal. The best prospects are for a revenue-neutral corporate tax reform deal, and even that is a long shot. Both sides would deeply suspect any claims that it was truly neutral, and wingers like Ted Cruz could blow the whole process up by fighting it, claiming that we should be cutting taxes and not keeping them level.

      • ProfessorNewshound

        Correct — the GOP won’t deal. The best prospects are for a revenue-neutral corporate tax reform deal, and even that is a long shot. Both sides would deeply suspect any claims that it was truly neutral, and wingers like Ted Cruz could blow the whole process up by fighting it, claiming that we should be cutting taxes and not keeping them level.

    • Robbins

      A deal won’t happen.Obama was heavily criticed by his own party.The senate caucus on Dem side is mor eliberal with their losses.

      If republicans wouldn’t agree with raising taxes on rich back in 2011 why would they do so now.
      Obama Is an idiot If he signs cuts to entitlements with nothing to show for it.And he didn’t get anywhere by being an idiot.

    • if only Boehner could deliver on a promise

  • alrudder

    The main threat to the GOP is the GOP itself. Obama needs to set an agenda to pull them apart. I think McConnell will be pulled rightward by 1) Cruz/Paul/Rubio who won’t return to vote unless bills are right wing, and 2) to the center by Johnson/Ayotte/Toomey/Kirk. Then there are the House Republicans who fear being primaried, although a few must be vulnerable in the General.

  • oldhandatthis

    Whatever the current status of the McConnell/Boehner relationship, it is about to be tested. If Republicans are going to do more than talk about governing they will have to tackle some serious and often controversial issues, and there are many Republicans in Congress with little experience in responsible governance. The House has been spewing out show votes everybody knew would never become law but played well with the tea party base at home. Now Republicans need to build compromises between both chambers and Obama to make law. Boehner usually failed to deliver on any compromise with Obama in the past, I doubt that will change just because McConnell has skin in the game.

  • oldhandatthis

    Whatever the current status of the McConnell/Boehner relationship, it is about to be tested. If Republicans are going to do more than talk about governing they will have to tackle some serious and often controversial issues, and there are many Republicans in Congress with little experience in responsible governance. The House has been spewing out show votes everybody knew would never become law but played well with the tea party base at home. Now Republicans need to build compromises between both chambers and Obama to make law. Boehner usually failed to deliver on any compromise with Obama in the past, I doubt that will change just because McConnell has skin in the game.