Boehner Aims to Reclaim Reform Mantle

Posted September 2, 2008 at 8:16pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) spared no time Tuesday night launching into a theme that Republicans will surely be pushing for the remainder of the week, that Washington today is broken “and the Democratic Congress is its most visible symbol.” Boehner’s remarks at the GOP convention served to set up tonight’s theme that under the leadership of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republicans are ready to reclaim the roots of reform. It was the reform mantra that brought the party to power in the House in the historic 1994 elections, and Boehner said Republicans again were embracing it. “Americans are looking for reform,” Boehner said. “When they look at the Democratic Congress, they see politicians more interested in taking care of themselves.” Boehner went on to praise the efforts of those Republicans who stayed behind in Washington, D.C., this week to protest the Democratic leadership’s decision to adjourn Congress without a vote on expanding offshore drilling efforts. Ohio delegates on the floor gave Boehner’s speech high marks. “I think it was very well-spoken,” one Ohio delegate said. “He pretty much laid out the rules of what was to come.” – Meagen Swartzen contributed to this report.