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Vanity Fair: The Audacity of Nope

by Lisa Mathias

In a web exclusive for Vanity Fair, Todd Purdum chronicles John Boehner’s progression from tavern owner’s son to Minority Leader of House. David Winston provided some insight into what Boehner currently faces, especially as the midterm elections draw near:

“…sustaining a majority coalition is really hard, because the people who elect you leader tend to be the base, but the people who elect you Speaker tend to come from the swing districts. Governing means there are significant problems this country faces, and if you don’t have things to address those problems, you’re going to be a very short-lived majority. And I think you’ve seen Boehner being pretty aggressive in saying that, ultimately, there have to be things to vote for.”

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