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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:33 PM

Bob Michel, Last Leader of the Old School House GOP, Dies at 93

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Source: Roll Call

Robert H. Michel, who as the House minority leader from 1981 until his 1994 retirement became the longest-serving congressional Republican leader who never experienced majority power, died Friday. He was 93 and had lived on Capitol Hill much of the time since stepping down after 19 terms representing central Illinois.

Michel epitomized the congressional Old School in nearly every way, which worked to his advantage for almost all of his four decades in office. He prized collegiality, collaboration, civility and courtesy as essential political virtues. He evidenced a steady reverence for the institutional prerogatives, customs and limitations of what he fondly termed “the people’s House.”

He could reliably claim to know that his brand of middle-of-the-road policymaking would play in Peoria — because that was his home town. He was far more comfortable using his sonorous baritone to croon “God Bless America” at the Rotary Club than to parry with pundits on one of the Sunday shows.

He didn’t have special policy expertise, particular oratorical gifts or unusual parliamentary skill, and his leadership style was neither overtly charismatic nor consciously intimidating. Instead, Michel (pronounced “Michael”) got what he needed from the GOP rank and file because he was a patient listener, a flexible goal-setter and gentle persuader.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:46 PM

1. I remember him best for his doomsaying against the 1993 Clinton Budget

And for his con man-like cooing about how "we Republicans will be right here, fighting for all of you hard-working Americans."

That said he was a real professional and a gentleman compared to the wife-beating knuckle-draggers that have taken over the GOP since his time, and had a nice sense of humor besides.

Godspeed, Bob Michel. You will be missed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:46 PM

2. A sane Republican

Unlike today where they are all batshit insane.

Peace

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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:54 PM

3. Despite being a republican, I liked him. He was straight forward, not devious, and...

...understood how to get along with Democrats and actually govern, not block everything that came out of the other party.

Of course this was pre-Limbaugh, Gingrich, Murdoch, and tea party.

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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:59 PM

4. The last of rare breed

May his passage be gentle.

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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:00 PM

5. Duplicate - Locking

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