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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Have a tissue box handy….

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Sorry to be pessimistic, but I highly doubt we will get what we want. I dream of the day when we get a balanced budget amendment and term limits as well as a RINOless Party (or a real Conservative third Party to replace the GOP).

Decoski on January 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Yeah, its easy to bitch when no one calls your name out during a presser. Love to see Huelskamp try to be the focus of attention.

Zaggs on January 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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

Pelosi will take it.

forest on January 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Rumour is that Boehner will be resigning as Speaker this afternoon at 5 PM EST.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I’m just skeptical…it’s been a bad political 12 months. I’m expecting the establishment to protect itself.

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Will Boehner take the hint and get back on board with the conservative teaparty agenda – or will be be spiteful and destructive, and seek revenge?

I’m not hopeful he’ll make the correct choice.

Rebar on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

He cried when he won. Will he cry when he loses?

portlandon on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

That would be the first good news for quite a while.

Valkyriepundit on January 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Cryyyiiiinnggg a rivvverrrrr….overrr youuuuuuuuu

Bishop on January 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Pelosi will take it.

forest on January 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

SS/DD

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

…as if it makes a difference…

right2bright on January 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Would someone pleeeeease nominate Herman Cain!

can_con on January 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

A conservative would be nice.

Cantor would just be reshuffling the deck chairs.

sauldalinsky on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

oh good grief….stocks now up over +300

market celebrating even bigger govt…per Cavuto

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Tom Price for Speaker

ultracon on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Then Democrats could swoop [...] voting en masse for Boehner.

Well, after he’s done for them, these past few years: I should bloody well hope so — ! ;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Anybody ever think you’d be at the point where Newt back in the chamber and holding the gavel would actually be a great option?

LOL

Good Lt on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

*all* he’s done for them

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Matt Drudge has a poll up regarding this ostensible inevitability:

JOHN BOEHNER FOR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE?

YEA 15.1% (42,352 votes)

NAY 84.9% (238,142 votes)

Total Votes: 280,494

Yup. RINO Crybaby Boehner’s days as Speaker are numbered.

To about — one.

And that’s a good thing.

Maybe he’ll join the other orange Oompa-Loompa — Charlie Crist — on the fair weather bandwagon.

I sure hope so.

SD Tom on January 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Newt Gingrich for Speaker!!!

portlandon on January 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

RE Ryan, where’s the evidence that he’s seriously considering a run for President in ’16? If anything, I think his vote last night confirms he won’t be mounting a presidential bid, as he had to know it would make him vulnerable. Of the names bandied about for the Speaker post, his makes the most sense.

changer1701 on January 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

with the GOP like this, the left will win it all. what a disgrace.

nathor on January 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I would just love for A West to get the job! He would stand up to bho and would not take all the shet from him!

It would be a dream come true for me!
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letget on January 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

If Cryin’ Boner is elected with Democrat votes, he can as well switch parties now. He won’t have a majority anymore for any but the most populist-conservative votes. The backlash will probably give Dems a veto-proof majority in 2014 in the House and filibuster-proof Senate. Just as Obaca’s handlers planned. Then Justice Alito will meet an unfortunate driving accident, and the country takeover will be completed.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It’s for votes like this why they forced Allen West out of office. He would’ve stood up and made sure he was heard. But he’s a leader unlike these crooks.

njrob on January 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

A spine of Jello.

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Trey Gowdy is a prosecutor and from what I’ve heard has no problems speaking like a thunderbolt in public. Get rid of this whiny drunk. I mean now. We knew we were up —- Creek the night he became speaker and cried.

Marcus on January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

oh good grief….stocks now up over +300

market celebrating even bigger govt…per Cavuto

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

WOW… are these morons at Wall Street aware that their capital gain is going from 15% to 20% if they make more than $ 400,000 a year and their income tax would go from 35% to 39.5% if they make more than $ 400,000 a year and that they are going to pay an extra 3.5% in taxes for Obamacare if they earn more than $ 250,000 a year?…

mnjg on January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Whoever wishes Allen West to take charge should remind me how he voted for Pigford II. I don’t look kindly upon legislators who vote with their skin pigment, their other positions and ball size notwithstanding.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Report: Group of 20 Republican congressman to block Boehner’s election as Speaker tomorrow?

Stupidity, like elections, has consequences.

Bruno Strozek on January 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

mnjg on January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

That news isn’t public knowledge given by bhopress! People are going to be so unhappy when they get/find out what is in store for them?
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letget on January 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Although I have to say that I now pretty much hate Boehner equally as much as Reid, Pelosi and Obama the fact of the matter is…

it just doesn’t matter. The House Repubs can replace him with a solid Conservative…it still doesn’t matter.

We’re all still BONED because we all still live in Obamaville.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

oh good grief….stocks now up over +300

market celebrating even bigger govt…per Cavuto

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Over 70% of trading on WS is algos trading with algos.

It’s just nonsense.

tom daschle concerned on January 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

WOW… are these morons at Wall Street aware that their capital gain is going from 15% to 20% if they make more than $ 400,000 a year and their income tax would go from 35% to 39.5% if they make more than $ 400,000 a year and that they are going to pay an extra 3.5% in taxes for Obamacare if they earn more than $ 250,000 a year?…mnjg

And that we are in no better shape today than we were yesterday…even that revenue is only expected to be about a week’s worth of govt. spending…today. Lord only knows what other new spending O has up his sleeve for 2013! Also, Moody’s is talking downgrade as nothing has changed as far as they are concerned.

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

with the GOP like this, the left will win it all. what a disgrace.

nathor on January 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Every Republican could vote for a different person and Nancy Pelosi would STILL NOT become Speaker.

The Speaker must win a MAJORITY of the 535, not a plurality. The Speaker WILL BE A REPUBLICAN. If no Republican wins a majority, the voting continues until one does.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Would Boehner [...] agree to be Speaker without the backing of a majority of his own caucus?

Did you not see the pathetic vote that just happened over that insane “eat the rich” tax bill? The Crybaby is as low as it gets. He’d do anything to keep the Weepership. Personally, I’d rather have a pet rock in the Speaker’s chair.

The Weeping Boner should not only be voted down but he needs to be publicly derided and run out of Washington on a rail. If the guy had any sense of integrity, at all, he would have resigned over a year ago when it was already clear that he sucked like nobody’s business. But … I don’t expect anything even approaching integrity from anyone in Washington, anymore.

It’s time for a national divorce. Time to start anew and re-establish America, since the American Socialist Superstate is a dying, sick nation that needs to be thrown on the ash heap of history with its progenitors, the French Revol … and the despicable USSR.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Remember whom you’re answering. Small words.:)

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Rumour is that Boehner will be resigning as Speaker this afternoon at 5 PM EST.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

http://www.sodahead.com/living/speaker-john-boehner-to-resign-today/question-3432145/

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

How many bites has Boehner had at the budget apple? He’s done nothing to slow the debt rise and he failed in his attempt to get a bill the majority of Republicans could support, so it’s time for him to go.

They need a leader and someone who understands what his place is in the govermental structure and what leverage he really does have. Boehner understands nothing and keeps listening to the press tell him what a bad position he’s in. A leader could deal with this stuff AND win the media battle too.

bflat879 on January 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Over 70% of trading on WS is algos trading with algos.

It’s just nonsense.tom daschle concerned

So it is all computer to computer trading????? Hedge Funds/Institutional Investors????

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

I vote for Ted Poe. He thankfully has little DC experience and less accomodation for BS. We need a guy that rejects nuance and speaks clearly.

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The complaint specifically highlights that TransCanada asserts that the pipeline will create American jobs “at a rate that is 67 times higher than job creation totals given by the company to Canadian officials for the Canadian portion of the pipeline.” The inflated job creation numbers were designed to pressure President Obama to issue an approval permit to build the pipeline and without its construction, TransCanada’s future earnings and share prices will be significantly impacted. Speaker Boehner owns shares in seven different Canadian tar sand companies and it is highly likely that he knows the job numbers are inflated as an investor and stands to profit if the pipeline is built. Boehner went so far as threatening to tie 160 million working Americans’ payroll tax cut extension to approval of the pipeline. Boehner’s extortion threats were the last straw, and inspired a national petition to force him to resign or face expulsion from Congress for ethics violations. However, ethics violations are the least of Boehner’s problems once the SEC finishes their investigation which they confirmed is actively under consideration.

http://www.politicususa.com/john-boehner-resign.html [Emphasis added.]

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Rumour is that Boehner will be resigning as Speaker this afternoon at 5 PM EST.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

‘You funny guy, Dr Jones!’

rayra on January 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Cryin’ John Boehner is history. Good riddance, he was a dialsater from day one.

Norwegian on January 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

changer1701. It strikes me that the only way Ryan gets what he wants in terms of spending is by winning the Presidency or the U.S. creditors come a callin’. Boehner has the most helpless job right now. There is no way that Obama wants spending cuts and considering how much he hates Ryan, he’d love nothing more than to beat up on his favorite Republican punching bag for four years. Best case scenario, Rubio somehow has hidden depths and helps champion Ryan’s reforms. Based on Rubio’s personality, this seems unlikely. Worst case, Ryan quots in disgust and goes back to Janesville where he writes alternate histories about famous American historical events.

Illinidiva on January 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Illinidiva on January 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Ryan and Rubio are both turds.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Screw it. Give it to Pelosi. She’ll never have the votes to pass anything anyway, and it will be her face we’ll be seeing in the news having to…

Wait, that means we’ll have to see her face. Nevermind. Not worth it.

Gingotts on January 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

oh good grief….stocks now up over +300

market celebrating even bigger govt…per Cavuto

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

IMHO most of that is from a false sense of stability from the passage of the tax bill.

Once reality sets in, the market will experience a decline.

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I vote for Ted Poe. He thankfully has little DC experience and less accomodation for BS. We need a guy that rejects nuance and speaks clearly.

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It doesn’t matter how clearly a new Speaker will speak. Why?

1) the media will twist, dilute and misrepresent anything any Conservative says anyway.

and

2) the controlling majority of moron voters in this country, aren’t listening.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Well that would be stupid. It would play right into the Democrats hands of a “moderate” Republican being replaced by a “radical” Republican and give Obama exactly what he wants.

amazingmets on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

How many bites has Boehner had at the budget apple?

bflat879 on January 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Funny how the words “Boehner” and “bites” work so naturally together in the same sentence, isn’t it…? ;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

The Speaker doesn’t have to be a member of the House although it has always been so.

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Mark Levin for Speaker of the House!!!!

trs on January 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Anybody ever think you’d be at the point where Newt back in the chamber and holding the gavel would actually be a great option?

no kidding, I actually typed something similar and erased it earlier.

Trey Gowdy, Alan West, Newt…we have many that could better withstand what Boehner could not. That’s what 25+ years in DC does to a person. Makes them useless criers.

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Is the Speaker going to Channel Richard Nixon?:

“You’re not going to have Boener to kick around any more”

WisRich on January 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

1) the media will twist, dilute and misrepresent anything any Conservative says anyway.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

The answer to that is direct to the people via live primetime press conferences and the live interview media circuit.
Deny the marxist media the opportunity to selectively edit.

rayra on January 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Trey Gowdy is a prosecutor and from what I’ve heard has no problems speaking like a thunderbolt in public.

Marcus on January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Gowdy would be my choice too.

UltimateBob on January 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Ronald REgan, in order to get things accomplished, would take his case directly to the people.

That is what the Republican Party needs to do now.

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

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

Translation: AllahPundit won’t have to search for topics to post tonight.

rbj on January 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

When push comes to shove, there’s no reason to think anyone else would do a better job of uniting moderates and tea partiers

Well, we’ll just have to elect more TP candidates next time, won’t we? Oh dear, I’ve gone and said a bad thing.

Dongemaharu on January 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

It doesn’t matter how clearly a new Speaker will speak. Why?

1) the media will twist, dilute and misrepresent anything any Conservative says anyway.

and

2) the controlling majority of moron voters in this country, aren’t listening.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

We need someone like Newt, with ability to cut through media bullshit and humiliate the journolickers in the process, but without a helmet-haired third wife and inexplicable obsession for moon bases.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Scott Brown would be an excellent RINO choice. He’s “unemployed” at the moment.

philw1776 on January 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Mark Levin for Speaker of the House. He probably wouldn’t take the pay cut, but how great would it be to watch him as an actual Constitutional scholar eviscerate the Democrats on the House floor, demanding they cite where in the Constitution they’re justified in doing A, B, or C?

I know, I know, but I can dream, can’t I?

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Newt Gingrich for Speaker!!!

portlandon on January 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

That would be fun and might actually be somewhat productive.

At least it wouldn’t be boring. Too bad it will never happen.

kim roy on January 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I’ve been woefully unimpressed with Mr. Boehner as speaker. I’m equally unimpressed by the bench that shall proffer his replacement.

ted c on January 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Well, we’ll just have to elect more TP candidates next time, won’t we? Oh dear, I’ve gone and said a bad thing.

Dongemaharu on January 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

What? More of those awful, principled conservative-type people? Here… in the holy sepulcher of the House of Representatives — ?!?”

[::Cue SCREAMS;;]

[::ORGAN MUSIC::]

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Time to go Boehner!!!

nazo311 on January 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

The answer to that is direct to the people via live primetime press conferences and the live interview media circuit. Deny the marxist media the opportunity to selectively edit.

rayra on January 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Silly wabbit. Whoever takes the job will still have to answer the questions like “have you stopped beating your wife every day?” or “why is Republican party so much like KKK, Nazis, and Genghis Khan horde combined?”

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I only have two expectations from whomever is elected Speaker:

1. Don’t cry at every turn
2. Be able to count to 218

That is all

Norwegian on January 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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

If it’s so bad, why does Pelosi want it back so bad? She seems to miss it.

Oh I remember…she didn’t cry and ruled like Khrushchev.

WisRich on January 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Well, we’ll just have to elect more TP candidates next time, won’t we? Oh dear, I’ve gone and said a bad thing.

Dongemaharu on January 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Sure, as long as they’d make good general election candidates too.

changer1701 on January 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Newt Gingrich for Speaker!!!

portlandon on January 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

The trouble is you never know when Newt will wonder off into places even Rhinos rarely go. With Newt it could be wonderful or it could be a complete disaster. I am not sure I am up for that big a gamble…although it would be entertaining to watch the ego war between Obama vs. Newt develop. Two men born to be gods in their own mind. Two things in Newt’s favor, he is not a lawyer, but a historian which I always have a soft spot for and he has lead the GOP before and was good at it.

With that said the GOP probably should try to find some new blood from a real republican state…

William Eaton on January 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

As sugguested in another post today on another topic. We need a Wartime speaker. Too bad Ted Cruz isn’t in the Congress.

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Ted Nugent and his camo baseball bat for Speaker!!!

Mr. Arrogant on January 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

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

This is about the craziest notion I can imagine. The Speaker is second in line to the Presidency and is one of the most powerful positions in the world. Who the heck thinks that such a powerful job is so “thankless”? People don’t take the job to be thanked by anyone. Decent people take the job to use the power wisely and do good byt he Constitution. The other 98% of people who take the job do it for the great power and their place in “history”.

“Thankless” … sheesh. Give me a friggin break. I’d be embarrassed to write something so stupid.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Does anybody even hold a hope for our country with these morons running it? It is time to start planning for a real civil war as the entitlement loving majority will not be pleased when their government well runs dry and come armed to drink of yours. It will be exciting though. Looking forward to it.

Deano1952 on January 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Justin Amash for Speaker of the House!

dom89031 on January 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

OK, Ive sat back and waited to see what suggestions were made. I would have thought Bishop or 7% might have beaten me to the punch but …

1) The person elected Speaker of the House is not required to be a member of the House.

2) Cantor is carrying too much baggage. Ryan is NOT acting like he wants to be Speaker, much less President.

3) The rest of the Republican caucus has no one with the public presence, public speaking skills or charisma able to catch the public’s imagination.

4) It will be essential to have someone who has spoken forcefully about reducing the defecits and who voted against the fiscal cliff solution.

5) The new Speaker of the House should also be able to address current Republican party weaknesses.
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Still don’t see the obvious solution -which is ALSO completely outside of the box thinking?
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My nominee for Speaker of the House is the Senator Marco Rubio.

This would be a strategic move on immigration for the Republican party – Rubio has done more to try to address immigration than the SCOAMF has ever done.

And it has a number of other benefits … particularly with regard to the MSM.

Talk it over amongst yourselves.

PolAgnostic on January 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

who the hell wants the job? gotta be one of those RINO’s that voted for all of Obamas gimmes:

TARP
cash for clunkers
stimulus
debt limit
2013 tax increase
GM bailout

how about Paul Ryan? he’s a great talker, and then votes the opposite

burserker on January 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Boehner as a child: http://ww2.politicususa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/GOP-crybabies.jpg

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Man-child as one…and another one.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Oooh intrigue

gophergirl on January 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

It isn’t going to matter one way or the other. Boehner isn’t the problem here. You could have the most perfect speaker in the whole world and it will not change the Senate or White House one iota. Maybe that needs to happen in order for some idiots to wake up. Replace Boehner, notice that nothing changes.

On the most recent fiscal cliff bill, the Republicans had two options: 1. Do nothing and allow Alternative Minimum Tax to revert back to the 1960′s levels, strip everyone of their home mortgage interest deduction, and get thrown out of office in 2014 or 2. pass a bill that spared as many Americans as possible from major disruptive tax increases.

It isn’t going to matter who replaces Boehner, the House can’t force the Senate to pass a budget. The House can’t force the Senate to deal sanely with the debt ceiling. And if the House decides to take a “let it burn” approach and demand their way or the highway, they will be shown the highway in 2014 and the Democrats will control both houses of Congress and I will blame the “conservatives” for it.

crosspatch on January 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

There’s gonna be tears…

lexhamfox on January 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

OT Obama’s managed decline of America, top 19 facts.

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.

#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

tom daschle concerned on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Allen West.

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

One thing – if we do get a new speaker can that person PLEASE communicate to the American people better than Boehner.

gophergirl on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Ryan for speaker and if he doesn’t want it: Jim Jordan.

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

How about a triumvirate – Newt Gingrich, Mark Levin, and Sarah Palin, seated in a large round chair with 3 seats with their backs to each other. When one speaks, the chair turns to let the speaker face the members. Newt will have a Scanners type power which will literally make people’s heads explode. Levin will use his sonic powers to deafen the congresscritters, and Palin will… no wait, Palin will have the Scanners power. Newt can just belittle Dems to death as he sees fit.

Dongemaharu on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Boehner’s office has said the rumor he’s resigning isn’t true. Guess we’ll see.

changer1701 on January 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

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

Pelosi will take it.

forest on January 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Yep.

And that’s why we lose.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

HA GOP shills still pushing Ryan.

Unbelievable.

Dante on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Newt.

cthulhu on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

holy cripe…

the lsm is just giddy of the house gop divide…forget the crap sandwich that was passed, lets just focus on boehner and cantor….

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Boot Boehner. He proved he doesn’t have the cajones for the job. We need someone who isn’t afraid to wear big boy/girl pants and stand up to the bully-in-chief.

College Prof on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 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

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