Report: Group of 20 Republican congressman to block Boehner’s election as Speaker tomorrow? Update: GOP meeting tonight on leadership?

posted at 3:51 pm on January 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

There’s just one hitch. It’s a terrible, thankless job and no one else wants it.

American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer told Breitbart News late Tuesday that enough House Republicans have banded together in an effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his position–they just need a leader to take up the mantle.

“At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner–and are willing to do what it takes to do it,” Meyer said. “That’s more than enough to get the job done, but the one problem these guys face is they need a leader to coalesce behind.”

There’s no Speaker until someone has a majority of votes from the entire House, so if 17 Republicans flatly refuse to vote for Boehner then he’ll be effectively blocked — unless a few Democrats decide to cross the aisle to get to 218. Could that happen? Dave Weigel says nope but I’m not sure. There’s no conceivable way that a Democrat gets elected tomorrow, so if you’re a tea-party-hating liberal backbencher, why not use your vote to spite conservatives instead? The Dems could sit back and let the drama play out for a few rounds: On the first ballot Boehner gets a heavy plurality of the GOP caucus but is blocked from a majority, on the second ballot a conservative challenger (Cantor or Jordan) pulls even but Boehner loyalists refuse to back down, on the third ballot a compromise candidate (Ryan?) enters the fray and the vote splits three ways. Then Democrats could swoop in and humiliate their enemies by voting en masse for Boehner. Not only would it deepen the fracture in the Republican caucus that Obama’s worked so hard to cause — imagine a GOP majority having to serve under a Speaker whom they knew was elected by the other side — but Democrats could spin it as a show of bipartisanship for the media. Depending upon how badly Boehner wants to keep the job, they might even be able to extract some concessions from him. Imagine this guy having to negotiate with Obama on the debt ceiling and the sequester knowing that he’s in that position chiefly because of Democratic support. Just one problem with this goofy yet fun hypothetical: Would Boehner or any other Republican agree to be Speaker without the backing of a majority of his own caucus? The job would be even more terrible and thankless than it is now. You’d need a truly self-aggrandizing, quasi-independent RINO to accept an arrangement like that. Hmmmmmm.

Ah well. A member of Boehner’s team tells NRO they’re in touch with caucus members and not worried about the vote. Read Joel Pollak’s piece at Breitbart last week to see why. When push comes to shove, there’s no reason to think anyone else would do a better job of uniting moderates and tea partiers or getting Obama to agree to serious deficit reduction except maybe Paul Ryan, and he’s the last person who wants Boehner’s job now.

Update: Don’t wander away from your computer tonight:

Incoming GOP Rep. Steve Stockman said today that he’ll vote against Boehner tomorrow. That’s one. Are 16 more out there?

Update: Or not:

Update: A friend with a Democratic source on the Hill says his source has heard the rumor about Boehner too and hints that Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow if his election appears to be in jeopardy. The thinking is that if the GOP dumps Boehner, it might remove some of their fingerprints from the fiscal cliff deal that just passed and Democrats don’t want that. Plus, they’d rather deal with the devil they know than the devil they don’t. There are no potential successors who’d be more agreeable than Boehner is. But this is all premised on him going forward with his nomination as Speaker even if he can’t secure a majority of the GOP caucus. Unlikely.


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Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow if his election appears to be in jeopardy. [...] There are no potential successors who’d be more agreeable [to Democrats] than Boehner is.

I daresay.

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

We Are Already Over the Fiscal Cliff

2 January 2013

Despite claims that the Administration and Congress saved America from the fiscal cliff with an early morning vote today, the fact is that government spending has already pushed Americans over the cliff. Only serious reductions in federal spending will stop the cliff dive from ending in a crash landing, yet the events of this past month show that most elected officials remain committed to expanding the welfare-warfare state.

While there was much hand-wringing over the “draconian” cuts that would be imposed by sequestration, in fact sequestration does not cut spending at all. Under the sequestration plan, government spending will increase by 1.6 trillion over the next eight years. Congress calls this a cut because without sequestration spending will increase by 1.7 trillion over the same time frame. Either way it is an increase in spending.

Yet even these minuscule cuts in the “projected rate of spending” were too much for Washington politicians to bear. The last minute “deal” was the worst of both worlds: higher taxes on nearly all Americans now and a promise to revisit these modest reductions in spending growth two months down the road. We were here before, when in 2011 Republicans demanded these automatic modest decreases in government growth down the road in exchange for a massive increase in the debt ceiling. As the time drew closer, both parties clamored to avoid even these modest moves.

Make no mistake: the spending addiction is a bipartisan problem. It is generally believed that one party refuses to accept any reductions in military spending while the other party refuses to accept any serious reductions in domestic welfare programs. In fact, both parties support increases in both military and domestic welfare spending. The two parties may disagree on some details of what kind of military or domestic welfare spending they favor, but they do agree that they both need to increase. This is what is called “bipartisanship” in Washington.

While the media played up the drama of the down-to-the-wire negotiations, there was never any real chance that a deal would not be worked out. It was just drama. That is how Washington operates. As it happened, a small handful of Congressional and Administration leaders gathered in the dark of the night behind closed doors to hammer out a deal that would be shoved down the throats of Members whose constituents had been told repeatedly that the world would end if this miniscule decrease in the rate of government spending was allowed to go through.

While many on both sides express satisfaction that this deal only increases taxes on the “rich,” most Americans will see more of their paycheck going to Washington because of the deal. The Tax Policy Center has estimated that 77 percent of Americans would see higher taxes because of the elimination of the payroll tax cut.

The arguments against the automatic “cuts” in military spending were particularly dishonest. Hawks on both sides warned of doom and gloom if, as the plan called for, the defense budget would have returned to 2007 levels of spending! Does anybody really believe that our defense spending was woefully inadequate just five years ago? And since 2007 we have been told that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down. According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next eight years military spending would increase 20 percent without the sequester and would increase 18 percent with the sequester. And this is what is called a dangerous reduction in defense spending?

Ironically, some of the members who are most vocal against tax increases and in favor of cuts to domestic spending are the biggest opponents of cutting a penny from the Pentagon budget. Over and over we were told of the hundreds of thousands of jobs that would be lost should military spending be returned to 2007 levels. Is it really healthy to think of our defense budget as a jobs program? Many of these allegedly free-market members sound more Keynesian than Paul Krugman when they praise the economic “stimulus” created by militarism.

As Chris Preble of the Cato Institute wrote recently, “It’s easy to focus exclusively on the companies and individuals hurt by the cuts and forget that the taxed wealth that funded them is being employed elsewhere.”

While Congress ultimately bears responsibility for deficit spending, we must never forget that the Federal Reserve is the chief enabler of deficit spending. Without a central bank eager to monetize the debt, Congress would be unable to fund the welfare-warfare state without imposing unacceptable levels of taxation on the American people. Of course, the Federal Reserve’s policies do impose an “inflation” tax on the American people; however, since this tax is hidden Congress does not fear the same public backlash it would experience if it directly raised income taxes.

I have little hope that a majority of Congress and the President will change their ways and support real spending reductions unless forced to by an economic crisis or by a change in people’s attitudes toward government. Fortunately, increasing numbers of Americans are awakening to the dangers posed by the growth of the welfare-warfare state. Hopefully this movement will continue to grow and force the politicians to reverse course before government spending, taxing, and inflation destroys our economy entirely.

Ron Paul

Dante on January 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

How about…John Campbell for Speaker?

Othniel on January 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Sweet justice if it he DEMOCRATS save Boehners job from the idiot republicans that keep voting for him.

Prediction: Boehner survives or we get ANOTHER GUTLESS FAKE Conservative (Ryan/Cantor/etc.)

The RINOs that run the DC gop will not give up the post.

PappyD61 on January 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Boehner’s not good, but preppy Cantor is worse for us.

Yes, at least Boehner appears more like an everyday working type guy, and we simply can’t go with someone that seems to have walked straight off the country club (Cantor). That’s my impression. Better to stick with the better of two evils if Cantor is the alternative.

But yes, Boehner’s not the brightest bulb, and his drinking is obvious, from the red eyes to the inappropriate crying. Still, note what I said above.

anotherJoe on January 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

PappyD61 on January 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

going to be interesting.

Ryan after freshly shooting himself with the conservative base?

Cantor?…everyone knows EXACTLY what he is.

Don’t think they’ll try either.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Lets not forget that the Speaker does not have to be an elected congresscritter.

I nominate Mark Levin. It would be nice to finally have someone in there that actually understands the Constitution

LegendHasIt on January 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I nominate Mark Levin.

LegendHasIt on January 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM

lol…I wish.

(he’s way too smart to accept it)

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Do you think you are being represented now? Just askin’

katy the mean old lady on January 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Not just, NO! but He!!, NO!!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

When Democrats vote against their and their constituency, it is strategy, when Republicans do it, it’s incompetence or treason.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

So are we going to get some suspense tomorrow or is this all a big waste of time?

gophergirl on January 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

after the whore got his round of golf in with obama.

renalin on January 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM

OMG…can the HotAir page load any more slowly?!?!

Vote for a woman. Too bad Mia Love lost by a mere 700-something votes.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Boehner losing the Drudge poll faster than he lost his ballz.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Dante on January 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Makes me sick everytime I think about it. A REAL statesman comes along (Ron Paul), like the one so many “conservatives” beg and plead for and then they black him out for a loon like Romney. I went and listened to him in Fort Worth this past year and have never heard such economic wisdom being spoken (and for those that can’t wait to jump in and say, “it wasn’t the economic part that was his problem, it was his foreign policy that was ludicrous”, save it because he was and is spot on with that as well) for such a great length of time and every word was straight off the cuff. You can do that when it’s what you really believe not what you’re saying just to gain a vote.

Keep on keeping on. Liberty sells once people realize what it is.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/275295-boehner-tells-gop-hes-done-with-one-on-one-obama-talks

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

No, really, baby. I didn’t mean to hit you. I just love you so much sometimes I get emotional. I promise, I PROMISE, it won’t ever happen again.

cptacek on January 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

OMG…can the HotAir page load any more slowly?!?!

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

makes my friggin’ teeth knash.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow if his election appears to be in jeopardy.

Oh… that’ll be a real confidence booster to his leadership.

Ukiah on January 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Make Bobby Jindal the Speaker – hell, he was a Congressman before he was a governor.

The next four years is going to require a speaker who’s smarter than Obama, who can outmaneuver Obama. That’s Bobby Jindal to a tee. People say Obama is the smartest man in the world – but Jindal really is that man.

No – he’s not that great of a speaker – but he knows how to outflank the competition.

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

OMG…can the HotAir page load any more slowly?!?!

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Too many money making scripts have to load first.

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Well at least we know their programming and political slant won’t change…whew, that’s a relief!

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Now, if we only knew where to even find it on cable….

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

LOL the Twitchy thread on people’s checks going down due to taxes is hilarious.

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.

gophergirl on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

(and for those that can’t wait to jump in and say, “it wasn’t the economic part that was his problem, it was his foreign policy that was ludicrous”, save it because he was and is spot on with that as well)

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

LMFAO! I can’t believe you actually said that.

So you actually believe that if we leave Iran alone – they won’t shut-down the SOH, won’t develop nukes, and won’t use those nukes on Israel?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Not just, NO! but He!!, NO!!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Be careful, Cindy – you are moving out of G- toward PG-language territory with those exclamation points! :)

Anti-Control on January 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

The way the Republicans work, Boehner doesn’t deserve to be Speaker of the House, but he probably will be. He’s had so many bites at the apple of debt, and has NEVER gotten it right. He refuses to try any strategy that might actually force the Democrats to do something, like use the budget.

The Democrats wouldn’t lose this battle the way Republicans have and that’s because they’re ruthless about politics and Boehner just wants to play nice.

Now, we find out that he stopped the aid bill because it’s loaded with pork and now he’s going to allow the vote on the whole package. I can’t imagine anything more stupid than that.

bflat879 on January 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow if his election appears to be in jeopardy. [...] There are no potential successors who’d be more agreeable [to Democrats] than Boehner is.

What more do you need to know.

JellyToast on January 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Update: A friend with a Democratic source on the Hill says his source has heard the rumor about Boehner too and hints that Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow

If he submits himself to ramain Speaker with Pelosi’s support he’s a bigger whore than the US.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Update: A friend with a Democratic source on the Hill says his source has heard the rumor about Boehner too and hints that Democrats might vote for him as Speaker tomorrow

I thought only the majority party members vote for the speaker?

esr1951 on January 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

If he submits himself to ramain Speaker with Pelosi’s support he’s a bigger whore than the US.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Yeah.. he keeps his seat with Democrat support. Imagine all the payback he will owe the Democrats.

It’s like a bad freaking dream that just goes on and on. It never gets better. It just gets worse.

JellyToast on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I thought only the majority party members vote for the speaker?

esr1951 on January 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

nope.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

It will be perfect if Boehner wins with democrat support.

This party is circling the drain. Kind of gruesomely fascinating to watch.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Here are the killer grafs in that The Hill article, davidk:

Those efforts (of one-on-one with Obama) ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.

In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 — seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.

“He is recommitting himself and the House to what we’ve done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” an aide to the Speaker told The Hill.

It took Boehner that long to realize that Obysmal does not negotiate? Well, duh, we would all like to have the legislation come to fruition as it has been spelled out via our Constitution.

From what many of you are suggesting, it appears that we need someone fearless AND articulate in the Speaker’s position. Trey Gowdy fits that bill.

onlineanalyst on January 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Tom Price…

imperfectamerica on January 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Boehner’s done enough damage to the cause of conservatism. Throw this bum out.

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Dare I say we are stuck with Boehner and the Dims will make sure of it. As stated by AP, they know a soft putz when they see one and they’d rather deal with a known than an unknown. Hell, Barkey himself would vote for him if he could. Probably be a landslide ave for Pelousy who just won’t be able to pull the yes lever. Even if it’s for the good of her party.

J.

JohnnyMojo on January 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

John Bolten for speaker!

ConcealedKerry on January 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Sorry. Should have read the whole thing before cut and paste. Never trust HufPo.

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

You link a lot of good information. I wouldn’t worry too much about screwing up once.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Dream on.

And Dave Weigel is a little jerk. Not only should his opinion not be relied upon, he should not be referenced except in mockery.

Adjoran on January 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Allen West.

besser tot als rot on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Seconded…

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Although strictly speaking it is no longer my concern, since my family went to the County Clerk’s office today and changed from Republican to unaffiliated; I “Third” it. And I do that knowing that he is not perfect, but he is orders of magnitude better than what we have and likely will continue to have with the support of the Democrats in the House.

Subotai Bahadur on January 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

LOL the Twitchy thread on people’s checks going down due to taxes is hilarious.

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.

gophergirl on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I had to go read that. I hope this is enough of a reality check to disillusion a, shall we say, ‘fair share’ of the Obama voters. Perhaps there will be a bit more widespread opposition to his policies. Maybe even a few will realize what a liar he is.

INC on January 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

(and for those that can’t wait to jump in and say, “it wasn’t the economic part that was his problem, it was his foreign policy that was ludicrous”, save it because he was and is spot on with that as well)

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

LMFAO! I can’t believe you actually said that.

So you actually believe that if we leave Iran alone – they won’t shut-down the SOH, won’t develop nukes, and won’t use those nukes on Israel?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I haven’t read anywhere in the Constitution that states we are the guardians of the SOH, supposed to prevent countries we think are “the bad guys” from developing nukes, and are the defenders of Israel. But that’s the way neocons roll, they’re just like libs in that they really could care less what Constitution says as long as they say they do. I’m a christian (I know, that’s taboo to say that) and I just don’t think God needs America’s help in defending Israel. Actually, it’s quiet arrogant. The borrowing of money to send to them when we’re completely broke is pleasing to Him as well, I’m sure.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

If I was Boehner I would tell them to take that job and shove it. I mean it…none of the people complaining about Boehner had any better ideas…they could not and did not pass any viable alternatives. They did not go for the Plan B or come up with anything in its place..they grandstand, they complain, the give speeches, they go on conservative media and run their mouths but they can not govern in any rational way. I am just sick of hearing them whine and play the victim all the time. I really am. They got 98% of the Bush tax cuts made permanent and the sequester pushed back 2 months..that gives them a chance to push for spending cuts without the specter of raising taxes hanging over their heads…and what do we hear? Piss moan whine. Sheesh.

Terrye on January 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

If I was Boehner I would tell them to take that job and shove it. I mean it…none of the people complaining about Boehner had any better ideas…they could not and did not pass any viable alternatives. They did not go for the Plan B or come up with anything in its place..they grandstand, they complain, the give speeches, they go on conservative media and run their mouths but they can not govern in any rational way. I am just sick of hearing them whine and play the victim all the time. I really am. They got 98% of the Bush tax cuts made permanent and the sequester pushed back 2 months..that gives them a chance to push for spending cuts without the specter of raising taxes hanging over their heads

…and what do we hear? Piss moan whine. Sheesh.
Terrye on January 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

lol…irony much?

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

So you actually believe that if we leave Iran alone – they won’t shut-down the SOH, won’t develop nukes, and won’t use those nukes on Israel?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

HondaV65 on January 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

None of that is any of our business.

Dante on January 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Boehner losing the Drudge poll faster than he lost his ballz.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

…The Hot Air women posters here have bigger ballz than Boner EVER had…and Peter King talks the talk…but only talks… to cover up the fact that he has a bagina!

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I don’t see any reason for the Democrats not voting for Boehner. He has done more for the Democrats as Speaker then he done for the Republicans. Boehner has caved on damned near every issue and Obama walks over him like a piece of trash. We need a fighter, put Bachmann in that position and see if Obama will walk over her.

savage24 on January 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why would one sign on to Plan B, or this ridiculous deal, that has us raising rates for the first time in 20 years, on the promise there will be cuts, down the road.

narciso on January 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM


The Hot Air women posters here have bigger ballz than Boner EVER had…and Peter King talks the talk…but only talks… to cover up the fact that he has a bagina!

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why thank you Koolaid2….. I think :)

wolverinefan on January 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

lol…irony much?

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Not irony. Terrye is the consummate RINO squish around here. Never fails.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Squish? No way. She is the most ‘militant moderate’ (yeah, I know, that is a contradiction of terms, but it fits.) that I have ever seen

LegendHasIt on January 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I am just sick of hearing them whine and play the victim all the time.

Terrye on January 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Irony this rich and thick (in every sense of the word) practically qualifies as nougat.

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

I haven’t read anywhere in the Constitution that states we are the guardians of the SOH, supposed to prevent countries we think are “the bad guys” from developing nukes, and are the defenders of Israel. But that’s the way neocons roll, they’re just like libs in that they really could care less what Constitution says as long as they say they do. I’m a christian (I know, that’s taboo to say that) and I just don’t think God needs America’s help in defending Israel. Actually, it’s quiet arrogant. The borrowing of money to send to them when we’re completely broke is pleasing to Him as well, I’m sure.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

You’re right.

Furthermore, we’re the ones always standing in Israel’s way. WE prevent them from defending themselves properly against Iran and Iraq.

If we just take the gloves off, Israel can take care of herself.

fossten on January 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

If I was Boehner I would tell them to take that job and shove it. I mean it…none of the people complaining about Boehner had any better ideas…they could not and did not pass any viable alternatives. They did not go for the Plan B or come up with anything in its place..they grandstand, they complain, the give speeches, they go on conservative media and run their mouths but they can not govern in any rational way. I am just sick of hearing them whine and play the victim all the time. I really am. They got 98% of the Bush tax cuts made permanent and the sequester pushed back 2 months..that gives them a chance to push for spending cuts without the specter of raising taxes hanging over their heads

…and what do we hear? Piss moan whine. Sheesh.
Terrye on January 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Your ignorance is astounding.

fossten on January 3, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I’m a christian (I know, that’s taboo to say that).

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

OT…but BS.
More than 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christian.
There are many taboo declarations one can make in this country – and ‘I’m a Christian’ isn’t one of them.

verbaluce on January 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Boehner losing the Drudge poll faster than he lost his ballz.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

House Republicans, ignore this at your own peril.

I don’t see any reason for the Democrats not voting for Boehner. He has done more for the Democrats as Speaker then he done for the Republicans. Boehner has caved on damned near every issue and Obama walks over him like a piece of trash. We need a fighter, put Bachmann in that position and see if Obama will walk over her.

savage24 on January 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

The only way I’m gonna accept a Boehner re-election is if enough Dems voted for him to sabotage the selection. If I find out a majority of GOP squishes put him back in, I’m done with the GOP permanently.

If nobody else wants the Speaker job, that’ll speak volumes about the lack of spine in the entire Republican Party. No wonder we can’t get a viable presidential candidate these days. Come on, Bachmann, woman up!

TMOverbeck on January 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Lets not forget that the Speaker does not have to be an elected congresscritter.

I roll my eyes at this suggestion. It’s never gonna happen. That would require enough representatives to act outside their “safe zone”.

TMOverbeck on January 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Tons of pork in the fiscal nocliff bill.
$59 billion of pork in the Sandy bill.
Who read the nocliff bill before reading it? Deja Vu to Obamanocare.
Can you believe Ryan voted to give millions to Hollywood?!?
Boehner caved to the Dems, caved to rino Christy, & caved to Peter King…what happened to King? I heard him say on TV there was no pork in the sandy bill.

Has everyone been bought & sold???

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/peter-king-darrell-issa-1-000-percent-wrong

Belle on January 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

There is not a dimes difference between the gop & the rats.
The only thing left to do, is sell everything we own and get the hell out of this place.

mmcnamer1 on January 4, 2013 at 6:26 AM

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