Democrats are countering Boehner's appearance with a handful of folks dressed in golf gear, mocking him for hitting the links over the last week while his foot-soldiers stole headlines. They're passing out "scorecards" for a country club called Elephant Hills, sponsored by the PGA -- or Petroleum Golf Association, as the card explains. Boehner has noted that at least one of his rounds was a campaign fundraiser for Republican candidates.
UPDATE: Following Boehner's floor remarks, he and around a dozen House Republicans spoke with reporters off the House floor. Boehner reminded those assembled that 834 days ago Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was then House minority leader, had offered a "common sense plan to lower gas prices." Gas was at $2.37 a gallon then, Boehner noted. "I want to see the Democrats' common sense plan," he said.
In leiu of that, he offered, he wanted a "vote on our plan. It's as simple as that." A reporter suggested that Democrats, when they were in the minority, had simply wanted a vote on raising the minimum wage, which the GOP declined to give. "But they did" eventually get a vote, noted Boehner, when they took over Congress. "That's the beauty."
Pence followed Boehner. "One week ago today, 50 House Republicans took this Hill," he said. "We've held this Hill." He urged folks to call their congressman and push Pelosi to call Congress back in session immediately, hoping to create a "gale force wind of public opinion."
Boehner also commented on the primary defeat yesterday of Rep. David Davis (R-Tenn.), who was accused by his GOP opponent of having sold out to Big Oil. Boehner denied that the accusation led to his defeat.
A reporter pressed him as to whether any oil representatives had attended his golf fundraiser. "Not that I know of," he said.
It's now back to the House floor for the GOP, as the protest continues. "It's pretty obvious we're going to win this fight," Boehner concluded. "The only question is when."