Boehner’s Legacy


With the Senate advancing immigration reform, it’s now finally the time for the GOP’s most visible leader, House Speaker John Boehner, to finally lead. This is the focus of an op-ed by Julian Zelizer published by CNN Opinion today. House Republicans have revealed that some in the GOP are prepared to scuttle the bipartisan deal that has been carefully crafted in the upper chamber. This is an opportunity for Boehner to take action. Boehner generally adopts a model of leadership that has him following the majority of his caucus rather than shaping or leading them. Given his history of “leading from behind” with his own party, Boehner now has a choice between following the decision of some of his GOP cronies and opposing reform, or leading his party from a moral high ground and standing with 11 million immigrant families.

Will Speaker Boehner make a history? Will he be the broker of the most important deal for immigrant families we’ve seen in decades? Or will he stand in the way of reform and put the final nail in his own coffin, dooming his speakership to a footnote in history?


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