John Boehner has NOT been "sidelined/diminished/undercut".
He has abdicated his position. Like Rachel always says, "he is very bad at his job".
He likes the prestige of BEING Speaker of the House, but he apparently speaks for NO ONE.
When an ordinary person is hired to DO a specific job, and they cannot do it, they are fired.
I so wish that President O would go on tv & use his bully pulpit to explain IN DETAIL (a la Bill Clinton), just HOW our congress is supposed to work (according the constitution).
Bills involving PAYING FOR STUFF are supposed to originate in the HOUSE....not the SENATE.
If you ran a company and you hired a CFO, you would expect them to run the financial business of your company...not dump shoe-boxes of receipts on your desk the day before the fiscal year ends and all reports have to be done & filed...and said to you.. "YOU do this, I cannot figure it out."
Boehner wastes all the time he can on bullshit "legislation" like repealing Obamacare 33 times, and he and his gang never miss an opportunity to pass legislation that is anti poor people and women (even though they know it will never get passed also by the senate).
He is all show and NO GO.
Our pathetic media continues to portray this as a failure of "both sides".."both bodies of congress".
It seems to me that when the Newly elected Congress of 2010 came in with, what was it, 47 new Tea Partiers they just sort of yanked the authority of the Office of Speaker right out from under him.
But the Repubs made their bed with them to get more House seats and they are stuck with the consequences. It has led to the Speaker of the House being weak.
He had no intention to do the job for the people.
We would see a different House. There are not enough TP's to stop anything from passing. I received a newsletter this morning from John TPnut Culberson having accused Obama of using politics in trying to deal with the fiscal cliff. Funny he is doing the same thing in obstructing instead of governing. Yesterday he had a survey on his web site asking what was most important, hthe result placed Defense spending at the bottom and today he was explaining the bills he had voted for and one was to exempt the Defense from amy cuts. Guess he represents his own agenda instead of his voters. Already sent one letter this week guess it is tome for another one.