John Boehner's Divided Mind and Politics

John Boehner's Divided Mind and Politics
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There is no shortage of insults in former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s memoir. Written in his folksy manner, “On the House” is certainly more entertaining than the standard “halls of power” narratives, as Boehner calls them.

Among the many colorful stories, we learn that Boehner once witnessed Donald Trump, before his presidency, lashing out at a staffer during a round of golf for mixing up the names of the two other members of their foursome. The North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows once got down on his knees to plead forgiveness from Boehner after voting against his re-election as speaker in 2013. We get insider accounts of policy battles over No Child Left Behind, economic stimulus and the Affordable Care Act. Of course, there are the obligatory lessons learned from Boehner’s high school football coach.

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