Boehner to Republicans: Play Ball This Time
House speaker gets on the phone with his colleagues
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2012 2:53 PM CST
In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo, John Boehner speaks at the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John Boehner gave fellow congressional Republicans the news in a conference call this week: No more bitter, tooth-and-nail battles with President Obama. And, unlike last year, several voices supported the House speaker—even if those voices were "subdued and dark," reports the New York Times. After Republicans lost ground in the House while Democrats strengthened their Senate hold and retained the White House this election season, at least some of Boehner's colleagues appeared ready to play ball.

But others stuck to their guns—like not letting tax cuts for the rich expire—despite America's looming "fiscal cliff." And some groused about Boehner's history of striking deals with Obama and expecting his party to simply fall in line. But Boehner has options, the Times notes, like effectively "taxing" the rich by nixing or reducing tax deductions and credits, and replacing lost GOP votes with Democratic support. "When the president and I have been able to come to an agreement, there has been no problem getting it passed here in the House," he said, referring to their deal to extend payroll tax cuts.

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Nov 12, 2012 8:49 AM CST
You know that President Obama was told that Boehner was asleep when he called on Tuesday night. Cher' baby! Did Boehner cry himself to sleep election night, thinking about having to deal with that jackass Eric Cantor and his unruly bunch for another two to four years? Poor baby... My heart bleeds...,
Nov 12, 2012 8:17 AM CST
The GOP had better learn to play fair with others, or we will finish them off in 2014!!!!!!!!!! And Boehner, we'll be coming for you bucko!!!!
Nov 11, 2012 11:37 PM CST
In 2008, 60% of voters with the legal right to vote, voted in the election. 40% didn't. In 2012, I suspect that the number of legal voters who actually voted was below 60%. So if you take the normal 40% that liked neither candidate (so they didn't vote), along with Romney voters--it makes obama voters the minority.