John Heilemann on Morning Joe: John Boehner Is Barely Speaker of the House Now


New York columnist John Heilemann visited the Morning Joe crew today to discuss the stalled debt-reduction package talks, noting that Speaker of the House John Boehner isn’t looking much like a party leader lately. His No. 2, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is doing a lot of the talking, and much of the Republican caucus was not happy with Boehner’s willingness to maybe compromise with a deal President Obama set forth, a plan Boehner was game for until Cantor told him to hold back. “I think what we learned over this last weekend is that John Boehner … is not really speaker of the House,” Heilemann said. “Eric Cantor is the speaker of the House.” And here come the tears