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Head Caretaker Of The Cemetery?

07 Jan 2013

Head Caretaker Of The Cemetery?

“Public service was never meant to be an easy living,” Rep. John A. Boehner lamented Thursday, moments after he overcame a Republican insurrection to win re-election as speaker of the House. For Mr. Boehner, it may only get tougher from here. As reported in the New York Times, after a tumultuous two years in which he struggled to maintain a grip on his fractious caucus, Mr. Boehner — who won the unanimous backing of his party when he was first elected speaker in 2011 — suffered the indignity of 12 Republican defections on the opening day of the 113th Congress. Nine cast their ballots for other people; two remained silent rather than vote, and one simply declared, “Present.”  This is how Representative Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, described the challenge Mr. Boehner faces. “It’s a little bit like being the head caretaker of the cemetery. There are a lot of people under you, but nobody listens.”

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