Boehner Is Burying Today's Contempt Vote for Holder

Steve Kornacki: No accident it takes place on ObamaCare day
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2012 1:06 PM CDT
Boehner Is Burying Today's Contempt Vote for Holder
Speaker of the House John Boehner.   (Getty Images)

Oh, by the way, the House of Representatives will make history later today by holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Why schedule the vote on a day when it's sure to be buried amid ObamaCare headlines? At Salon, Steve Kornacki thinks it's an intentional move by John Boehner to save his party from embarrassment. The GOP once hoped that Fast and Furious would grow into a scandal that would cause serious damage to the White House, but it's clear now—in part because of stories like this—that it's going to fizzle, writes Kornacki.

Boehner knows this, but he has to let the vote happen to appease conservatives. On the other hand, he also wants to keep his party from being linked with "right-wing paranoia." By scheduling the vote on the same day as the ObamaCare ruling, he "gave the base what it wanted, but in a way that guarantees the smallest possible audience of non-Republican voters will know about it." Read Kornacki's full column here. (More John Boehner stories.)

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