The swearing in of John Boehner is a further reminder that power, and glory, is very transitory.
For all the vision of a Newt Gingrich, for all the history-in-the-making of a Nancy Pelosi, the fact is, both lasted as speaker for just four years. "Sea changes" can last a surprisingly short time. Republicans know that what got voters angry at the GOP in 2006 and at the Democrats in 2010 can once again be directed at them not long from now. Boehner especially knows this, having been part of the 1994 "Gingrich Revolution" only to be dumped in 1998.
That's just one of the things facing Boehner & Co. for the 112th Congress. And that's the focus of this week's episode of our "It's All Politics" podcast.
Plus: The GOP promise to repeal health care (at least in the House) ... battling to become the next RNC chair ... African-Americans rally behind one candidate in Chicago.
And you can hear it all here:
It's All Politics, Jan. 7, 2011
Credits (as it were) —
Nonstop talkers: Ron Elving and Ken Rudin
Producer: Claudette Habermann
Editor: Cathy Shaw
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And There's More: Host Michel Martin of Tell Me More had great interviews from the Capitol on Wednesday with two freshmen members of Congress from Florida, Allen West (R) and Frederica Wilson (D), as well as incoming Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Charlie Gonzalez. You can hear Wednesday's program here.
And don't forget Wednesday's Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation, featuring incoming House Transportation Committee chair John Mica (R-Fla.) and former House Minority Leader Bob Michel. You can hear that episode here.