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October 17, 2013

Shutdowns were better in Boehlert's day

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“The minority in the majority is calling the shots,” Boehlert said. “For them, compromise is a sinful exercise.”

Boehlert knows what he’s talking about. Long before the tea party made it fashionable, he faced right-wing Republican primary opponents who were far greater threats to his re-election than any Democrat. 

As for the current Republicans in the House, he said: “They have to explain to their constituents why a group of extreme Republicans ride roughshod over the regular order.”

Given what has gone on over the last few weeks, Boehlert is thankful for at least one thing about a pitiful House that we believe would be far better off if it still had Sherwood Boehlert in it.

“I am glad,” Boehlert said, “I’m not there.”

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