Baseball Crank
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February 2, 2006
POLITICS: Now That's More Like It

Original headline on regarding John Boehner's victory in the race for GOP House Majority Leader:

House GOP picks man to replace indicted DeLay

Which, typically, simultaneously downplayed Boehner ("man," as if they just picked some random dude off the street) and trumpeted DeLay's indictment, which isn't exactly news.

The headline now, last I checked:

Reform candidate wins GOP House leadership battle

Actually, that's taking it a little far; John Shadegg was the Mr. Outside, root-and-branch small-government reform candidate; Roy Blunt was the Mr. Inside, big-spending, spread-the-wealth status quo candidate. Boehner, perhaps wisely, positioned himself in the middle, allowing Members to vote for reform without radical change. He actually played this whole thing out pretty shrewdly, which is an encouraging sign for his future stewardship of the House GOP; while Blunt was loudly high-handed and Shadegg's public supporters tore into Blunt, Boehner managed to hang back a bit. He was nobody's favorite candidate, but then that's usually the type of person who becomes the leader of a legislative caucus. And he did - in part thanks to Shadegg - end up campaigning for spending reforms, particularly transparency and reform of the earmark process. Not a great day for Republicans, but a good start.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:08 PM | Politics 2006 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

of course boehner has a lot of ties to k street and delay and what started the whole mess to begin with. so "a little far" is still an understatement. he had a lot of k street lobbying behind him too, its not like he was everyone's second choice. he was the lobbyist's first choice.

Posted by: kevin at February 2, 2006 4:24 PM

which isn't surprising when you look at the so-called "reforms" conservatives are scrambling to formulate and support now that they are feeling the heat emanating from Abramoff and Delay. The patient is critical and all these guys can offer up is band-aids.

Which is not to say I hear a strong voice coming from the left either.

Posted by: macsonix at February 2, 2006 5:49 PM

It should have read:

"GOP Demonstrates Commitment to Reform by Selecting Rep Who Took Millions From Private Student Loan Corp's While Passing Legislation to Rip-Off College and Graduate Students By Limiting Govt's Ability To Offer Loans Directly to Students Without Additional Fees"

Posted by: patrick at February 2, 2006 9:07 PM

Boehner's dirty. Unless he scraps earmarks ASAP, he's the wrong man for the job.

Posted by: Jack at February 2, 2006 9:31 PM

patrick writes (no doubt paraphrasing the Washington Post): "....While Passing Legislation to Rip-Off College and Graduate Students...."

"rip off" college students? since when did direct loans by the government become an inalienable right such that anuy change in the fdormula equates to a "Rip Off"? are you suggesting that, under the old way, the taxpayers were fairly served in a cost-effective way? and did Boehner's latest efforts in this matter result in more or less government dollars going to the lenders?

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at February 3, 2006 12:08 AM

Unless he scraps earmarks ASAP, he's the wrong man for the job.

Well, he does have a personal track record of never having had (or requested) an earmark for his own district, FWIW. He's been publically opposed to them since being in Congress.

Re: "Mr. Inside" and "Mr. Outside." We heard a lot about the original Mr. Inside (Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis) this year in college football, since Reggie Bush and Lendale White broke their record for TDs by teammates. I wonder if it's related at all that I've seen Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside used a lot to describe Reps. Blunt and Shadegg.

Posted by: John Thacker at February 3, 2006 1:40 AM

RE: "are you suggesting that, under the old way, the taxpayers were fairly served in a cost-effective way?"

Yes - and I have lots of personal experience to back it up. The Feds to a perfectly competent job of taking back their money. No need to bring in those sleazy 3d parties that simply take a cut and offer nothing but a lot of junk mail.

Posted by: patrick at February 3, 2006 8:47 AM

there is if you want to open the process to business concerns who:

1. stand to make a profit

2. support your sleazy ass

3. can raise millions to reelect your sleazy ass

4. without whom you just can't exist in the present political system

Posted by: macsonix at February 3, 2006 12:23 PM

And if a student borrower doesn't repay the loans and enters default, the 3rd party corps just hand the loan back to the Feds. So their purpose is absolutely zero (other than the reasons expounded by macsonix).

Posted by: patrick at February 3, 2006 1:08 PM

oh...that explains why fees to the lenders themselves were cut under the new law....

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at February 3, 2006 5:20 PM
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