Chicago Tribune columnist: Boehner faces diversity challenge

17 Nov

By Kelli Heinz

People wanted to send a message to Washington. After two years since President Obama’s inauguration, the American public felt the promise for change has yet to be seen.

Many are not happy with the economy, unemployment and the new health care system. These issues dragged many voters out Nov. 2 in hopes of putting candidates in office to make change in Washington.

That was the analysis from Clarence Page, political columnist and participant in a recent post-election panel discussion sponsored by the City Club of Chicago featuring Chicago Tribune journalists.

Page explained the American public frustrations with President Obama’s lack of change thusly: “When you are in power you have to take some responsibility as well as come up with some answers and take blame when your answers don’t work out overnight.”

In the upcoming 112th session, the U.S. House of Representatives will have a Republican majority of seats while the Senate will have 51 Democratic, 47 Republican and 2 Independent seats. This makes a tricky situation for any change to occur in the next two years as many bills will have to work with comprise in order to be passed.

Republican John Boehner, the next Speaker of the House, is going to have his hands full, added the Tribune columnist.

“Now we are in a situation where the Republicans have the kind of diversity in their Senate and House delegations that Democrats have been wrestling with over the last couple of years,” said Page. “Especially the last four years since Rahm Emanuel helped to bring the ‘blue dogs’ into the House back in 2006.”

“There has been some tumble within the Democratic side in the House with some people saying maybe we would be better off without the ‘blue dogs’ in the House. Maybe these leftists would be better pursuing their own agenda without these little inconveniences like compromise.”

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