On the Hill (Jackson Unlikely Replacement, Jim McCrery Sleeping With the Enemy, Boehner is Now Crusader Squirrel)

Daily look at the Congressional herd and their successes and absurdities. Today Jackson Jr. looses his mind, McCrery opts for pay for play with the Dems, and Boehner has an image makeover.

Jackson now unlikely Obama replacement

The Hill.com-Most political watchers in Illinois agree that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D), once a leading candidate to succeed President-elect Obama in the Senate, is now a long shot to fill the seat.

Jackson, believed to be “Senate Candidate 5” in a criminal complaint filed against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), did not help his own cause by holding a bizarre press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday during which he left more questions unanswered than answered. read more...

Junior, gave a bizarre speech the other day that was like a combination of a Southern Baptist Biblical recital and a cheap opportunistic political ad. People in Illinois may be questioning Blagojevich's sanity, but I think there is more than one nut in this tree. It answers to the name of Jesse Jackson Jr.

McCrery joins Capitol Counsel

The Hill.com-House Ways & Means Committee ranking member Jim McCrery (R-La.) is joining Capitol Counsel, a lobbying firm now dominated by Democrats that specializes in tax policy.

The hire represents a contrast to the recent trend of firms and companies frantically hiring Democrats to their lobbying teams to account for the party’s recent electoral successes. Democrats next year will control the White House and both chambers of Congress. read more...

Seems someone in the Congressional wilds feels the need to try and appease the needs of frantic Republican members of Congress. Capital Counsel hopes to increase its "fire power" with the addition of McCrery. He is the the 2nd GOP'er to join the lobbying firm which has 10 members, 8 of which are Democrats. His addition sounds more like a fart in a hurricane than an increase in firepower.

Analysis: Boehner forging new identity, flexing muscle

The Hill.com-Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is emerging from the shadows of Tom DeLay and George W. Bush.

Boehner struggled to forge his own leadership style after beating Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to become majority leader in February 2006. The GOP Conference had tired of DeLay’s strong-arm tactics and constant ethics controversies. Boehner knew he couldn’t come on too strong, especially because Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was still Speaker.

When Democrats took control of the House and Hastert subsequently stepped down, Boehner stood by the leader of his party, President Bush, as many of his members were bucking the unpopular president.

Backing Bush on the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill in late September and early October weakened Boehner and triggered more chatter that his time in leadership would soon come to an end. read more...

Rep. Boehner (R-OH) is trying to ride the hopeful wave to Speaker of the House in 2010 through a refromist identity. His new image of Crusader Squirrel could be helpful in cornering House GOP'ers to stand more fervently against Progressive onslaughts. Catapulting him right into the coveted Speaker position if he is successful. I would welcome the change just so I wouldn't have to hear Pelosi screeching anymore.

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