It is winner and loser time in the political cycle as we approach Election 2014. There is an image posted by The Hill this morning of a very stern looking Steny Hoyer (D-Md) who is the minority whip. One would not want to be on the bad side of him.
Hoyer holds Speaker Boehner for the mess that he has made of the Republicans during his reign of the House. His a divider and not a unifier. He even divided his own party.
That is not a laughing matter because it cost America dearly in the world as the shutdown and debt ceiling debacle did far more damage that Obama has committed with a series of mismanagement missteps. To be sure, Obama is sliding right along with Boehner.
This is the time when new leaders come forward to position for the future. Old leaders fight to defend what they have.
Voters would do well to take not pity on professional politicians.
“Hoyer: Boehner reaping what he sowed with Tea Party lawmakers
By Mike Lillis - 11/01/13 06:00 AM EDT
Rep. Steny Hoyer doesn't feel bad for Speaker John Boehner. [Watch Video]
Boehner has struggled throughout this Congress to unite his splintered conference, but he's not going to get any sympathy from the House minority whip.
The Maryland Democrat said Boehner (R-Ohio) is getting his just desserts for helping to enlist the same Tea Party conservatives who have been a thorn in the Speaker's side.
"John Boehner was involved in recruiting most of these people," Hoyer said in a sit-down interview in the Capitol. "So you're a little bit 'hoist on your own petard' if you recruit people who then, [when] you bring your alternative [bills] … they tell you, 'Sorry, I don't agree with you, and I'm not going to support that.'
"So do I feel sorry for John?" Hoyer added. "I think John is a little bit in the position that he placed himself in when he recruited people who apparently came to Washington without a sense that, in a democracy, you have to reach compromise."