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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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

All true, though I still wouldn’t mind someone new as Speaker.

changer1701 on January 2, 2013 at 4:38 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

http://www.bob-owens.com/2012/12/what-youll-see-in-the-rebellion/

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:38 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

Newt would be great. Newt’s ego alone would crush the Democrats and the wimp beta male Republicans.

Punchenko on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 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.

crosspatch on January 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

That’s retarded. The Crybaby Boner is a HUGE part of the problem. Were you in a coma while the Crybaby was out negotiating his own secret deal with the Indonesian and the leftist America-haters? Don’t act as if Boner is a victim of circumstances. He isn’t. The Crybaby is one of the circumstances, himself.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

yup

Marcus on January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

not a bad idea

CoffeeLover on January 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

wolfie sure is happy about it…

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

What, pray tell, is the GOP supposed to be able to accomplish when it only controls the weakest part of the Federal government? I know, I know, Let It Burn (TM). LIB assumes that there will be something left upon which to rebuild after the purifying flames of total economic collapse have driven the simpering, foolish, undisciplined and unprepared masses into the arms of a RINOless GOP or Libertardian Party.

Yeah, right. People are scared, hairless little monkeys with a lot of insecurities. LIB will drive them into the arms of a totalitarian state the likes of which we have never seen. All of you Chairborne Rangers looking to play “Red Dawn” with your stockpiles of canned goods and .223 ammo will be in for a very nasty surprise.

Those of us with functioning brain cells between our ears need to wake up and realize that nihilism is never the answer. The pendulum has swung and we are going to be giving some form of Eurostyle governance a spin for awhile. The question is do we work towards being more like Germany and Sweden or like Greece and Portugal.

It will pass, but not if we burn the whole country down in the pursuit of “purity.”

Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Oh.. I agree that Cantor would love Boehner’s job. In fact, that was what last night was all about. Apparently, the Sandy vote was cancelled so Boehner and Cantor could have one of their periodiccat fights. However, it isn’t something that someone with policy ambitions like say Paul Ryan would be interested in.

Illinidiva on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

John Boehner calls it quits.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Not beleiving it until someone takes the gavel from the d-bag RINO, SW.

Every move he’s ever made has been CYA first.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The GOP needs not only a stronger advocate but someone who can “speak” and put on a show in front of the media. Someone who can challenge Obama and the Democrats much more forcefully.

In other words we need Rand Paul but he’s in the Senate. I’m wondering if it won’t be Cantor? Mike Lee is not bad, but not exciting either.

::SIGH::

fatlibertarianinokc on January 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

We need someone who isn’t afraid to wear big boy/girl pants…

College Prof on January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Obama is not afraid to wear girl pants. Just sayin’…

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

What, pray tell, is the GOP supposed to be able to accomplish when it only controls the weakest part of the Federal government?

Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The “weakest part”? Ever bother reading the Constitution?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Talk it over amongst yourselves.

PolAgnostic on January 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Oh …

This would also position one of our stronger 2016 candidates to have a spent two years frustrating the SCOAMF and his rabbles before he might want to consider handing the gavel (which would have a LOT more peope interested in holding it) over to someone else so he can campaign full time.

PolAgnostic on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Mark Levin Facebook post:

“I’m told Cantor’s office is leaking all over Boehner today, hoping to replace him as speaker.As far as I am concerned, Boehner, Cantor,& McCarthy need to go.All 3 of them.”

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

There is nothing better than a good old purge when someone has out lived their usefulness or something. To bad the real leaders (who ever they are) of the party can not ship the so called outcasts to Siberia or gallows as there is no real leaders anymore, they where purged last time. The party still is two parties pretending to be one and either side want purity to their group and will not tolerate any waver to have purity to the other party.

The democrats on the other had did their purge behind closed doors and at the local level. Just how many blue dogs are left, all that is left is progressives and Communists who know their place in the order of things and will not rock the boat as they will be out.

tjexcite on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

From ther HufPo article:

Wright on Health has heard from sources that do not wish to be disclosed that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) plans to resign after allegations surfaced that Boehner had an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The pendulum has swung and we are going to be giving some form of Eurostyle governance a spin for awhile. The question is do we work towards being more like Germany and Sweden or like Greece and Portugal.

Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Greece and Portugal have Germany to pipe-feed and, worse comes to worst, conquer them. We’ll be looking at Zimbabwe scenario, or maybe Argentina if we’re lucky.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I know he doesn’t have that much experience, but Bonner did and look where it got us.

Tim Scott?

We need a Bulldog.

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Y’know, if Palin were Speaker, she’d be third in line for the Presidency…..

cthulhu on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I don’t know about that. Reagan could turn a phrase and make a lot of good ink spill. We saw Newt turn media hacks inside out with his knowledge of history and parlimentarian tactics. Palin and Bachmann could show these guys what conservatives respond with instead of just going along.

After that senate vote without reading the bill I think we are finding out there are many repubs that want to spend as much as the dems. It’s looking like they play off each other’s bases to stoke energy but have the same goal doesn’t it?

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Just think, Boner – less time with the gavel means more time on the green (maybe with the Emperor God-King you’re so fond of).

Jeddite on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

@davidk, uh, so what’s your point? That a freaking Huffpo article from almost 3 years ago is an illustration to ignore these current rumors?

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

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

So was storming the beaches of Normandy, but someone had to do it.

JellyToast on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Check the dateline on that “article,” friend. That was back when the Democrats thought that scurrilous allegations would actually tip the balance in 2010.

KingGold on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

It’ll be all party hats and flowers until someone else steps up, takes the job and then realizes that while they may negotiate differently, the outcomes will still be relatively the same.

I don’t like Boehner because he is a terrible negotiator. But the man has moved many bills through the House on a majority basis.

Electing someone who may further divide the party on extremes is a double-edged sword. Be careful what you wish for. Especially if you are foolish enough to believe it will substantially affect outcomes.

I’ll look for someone who does not really want the job, doesn’t lobby for it, but House colleagues talk him into it. Then we will have a real representative Speaker

Marcus Traianus on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Also from the HufPo article:

APRIL FOOL’S!!

Disclaimer: While I generally don’t like Rep. Boehner, this entire post is written in jest. It is meant purely as satire and all of its contents are fictitious. In other words, this is a joke, meant for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as fact or even alleged fact.

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

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Palin and Bachmann could show these guys what conservatives respond with instead of just going along.

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Bachmann should be the next Speaker.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Don’t act as if Boner is a victim of circumstances. He isn’t. The Crybaby is one of the circumstances, himself.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Seriously. And isn’t it amusing (in a sour, awful sort of way, I mean) how the very people most shrilly and insistently proclaiming that “it doesn’t matter who’s in charge of the House, dammit!” are, simultaneously, the ones with the most maniacal, rodent-like focus upon keeping Ol’ Weepy IN said position…? ;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Tom Selleck for Speaker
We would instantly have the ‘Women over Fifty,’ and ‘Mustache’ crowd as our new base, and can expand from there…

Ferrari afficianados
Hawaiian shirt devotees

The sky’s the limit…

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Check the dateline on that “article,” friend. That was back when the Democrats thought that scurrilous allegations would actually tip the balance in 2010.

KingGold on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Is my face red.

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I wish these Westie’s would just declare themselves as democrats and move over to Koss already.

Mr. Arrogant on January 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

@JakeSherman: That was easy. From Boehner Spox @michael_steel: “Rep. Boehner expects to be elected Speaker tomorrow.”

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The “weakest part”? Ever bother reading the Constitution?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Indeed. They control the money and that puts a lot of power in their hand….but only if they choose to use that power.

Didn’t Pelosi wright a book “Know your power”.

She did and you know what….she f’ing rammed Porkulus and Obamacare right up the Republicans backside.

WisRich on January 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

and insistently proclaiming that “it doesn’t matter who’s in charge of the House, dammit!” are, simultaneously, the ones with the most maniacal, rodent-like focus upon keeping Ol’ Weepy IN said position…? ;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Yep. It’s well past annoying.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

@davidk, uh, so what’s your point? That a freaking Huffpo article from almost 3 years ago is an illustration to ignore these current rumors?

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Well, here I am: http://writeortakeanap.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/bad-writing.jpg

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

jeesh. wright s/b write.

WisRich on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Chuck Norris as speaker!!!!

LOL!

William Eaton on January 2, 2013 at 4:50 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

Better get a Swede then…

Bruno Strozek on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Bachmann should be the next Speaker.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

But she will not be… You political junkies on the internet think too much of yourself… You are absolutely nobody…

mnjg on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

erik erickson=

‘boehner a better speaker than cantor would be’

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Even if Boehner resigns or is voted down, won’t The NE Republicans’ Club make sure another RINO is voted in?

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 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

I used to love Ted Poe beginning with his days as “the Hanging Judge” in Harris County, named so because he was so tough on crime. A couple of weeks ago he came out for amnesty, or excuse me, “comprehensive immigration reform” and I want nothing to do with him now. Amnesty is a deal breaker with me and he’s as bad as the rest of them.

TxAnn56 on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

You are absolutely nobody…

mnjg on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I’m devastated.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Chuck Norris as speaker!!!!

LOL!

William Eaton on January 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

lol.

+1

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Eh, it happens.

changer1701 on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

A “terrible” job? Are you kidding me? I’d think it would be an absolute joy, getting up every morning figuring out ways to torment Obama and the media and make the case for American conservatism. Engage. Fight. Win.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Mark Levin Facebook post:

“I’m told Cantor’s office is leaking all over Boehner today, hoping to replace him as speaker.As far as I am concerned, Boehner, Cantor,& McCarthy need to go.All 3 of them.”

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Mark is right as usual. Those three stripped the conservatives of their Committee and Sub-Committee slots.

Cantor with his safe “no” vote last night was just for show, since it was after the 218 votes were in. Without the Dems, this bill would not have passed.Cantor is Boehner II

Allahpundit is right regarding the Dems voting for Boehner as Speaker. He “works” so well for the Administration/Dems and they don’t want him replaced, LOL

bluefox on January 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

@davidk, no worries. I do that crap all the time. We all get itchy copy/paste trigger fingers.

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Boehner and Cantor were a couple, they need to leave as a package…and take the rest of the GOP with them – well except for a handful.

Panther on January 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Meanwhile, in the multiple-sourced news department, the enrolled version of Le Petite Compromise has been delivered to the White House, while Obama golfs in Hawaii. There’s just over 19 hours before the Congressional pay-raise block becomes unconstitutional, and no word on whether (or when) Obama will either have it flown to Hawaii to sign or use the Autopen.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

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

So was storming the beaches of Normandy, but someone had to do it.

JellyToast on January 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

And, who thinks that George Washington wanted to leave the warmth of Mount Vernon on Christmas to cross the icy Delaware with that idiot, 100-star, arm-chair-General Obama saying, “You didn’t build that! Somebody else made that happen. King George III built the roads!”???

hehehe

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The pendulum has swung and we are going to be giving some form of Eurostyle governance a spin for awhile. The question is do we work towards being more like Germany and Sweden or like Greece and Portugal.

Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Greece and Portugal have Germany to pipe-feed and, worse comes to worst, conquer them. We’ll be looking at Zimbabwe scenario, or maybe Argentina if we’re lucky.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

If we’re lucky.

Punchenko on January 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

can he actually use the autopen on this? I find that hard to believe…but hey, he has set a lot of precedence that the gop can use…

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

The Pubes better chose wisely on this one. Their votes will more than likely break the party or unite it.

Personally, I believe they will completely FUBAR this important moment in history.

Mr. Arrogant on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Those three stripped the conservatives of their Committee and Sub-Committee slots.

Cantor with his safe “no” vote last night was just for show, since it was after the 218 votes were in. Without the Dems, this bill would not have passed.Cantor is Boehner II

bluefox on January 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

This.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

DanMan on January 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

You can’t harken back to the days of Reagan. We live in a different world today. Back in the days of Reagan the media still sometimes did their jobs. No longer the case. They’re now just leftist propaganda.

And yes, I definitely believe that there is little to no difference between the moderates and Rino Repubs and the Dimocrats. They’re equally as irresponsible and equally as destructive.

This is why I’m now registered as unaffiliated. As long as the Republican party is being run by those I’ve called out above, in my opinion they’re no different than Dims.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

What, pray tell, is the GOP supposed to be able to accomplish when it only controls the weakest part of the Federal government?

Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The “weakest part”? Ever bother reading the Constitution?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I’m guessing not.

DDay on January 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Even if Boehner resigns or is voted down, won’t The NE Republicans’ Club make sure another RINO is voted in?

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Of course, that’s why Cantor is making noise. He’s been Boehner’s yes man for a long time.

Off to the kitchen for me to cook:-)

bluefox on January 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

You can’t harken back to the days of Reagan. We live in a different world today.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Which is exactly what they told me when Reagan was running…but I voted for him anyway.

odd that.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Yep. Me, too.

kingsjester on January 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

davidk on January 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Hey, you manned up, it happens, but seldom does someone actually stick around for the “backlash”…but you were smart, you (unlike most) didn’t pretend to know and say you forgot the /s tag, or try to fake your way out of it, “yeah, I know, i was just tweaking you guys”…

In the past 6 years of posting this may have happened but once or twice before…an honest poster.

right2bright on January 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I have been highly critical of Boehner in the past but NOT this time. When you’ve decisively lost an election (Obama won by 4 million, Dems gained ground in Senate, Reps lost ground in House) you’re holding NO CARDS with which to deal. Any Republican obstruction in House means the stupid American electorate (egged by by a lying MSM) will blame the huge tax inxrease which would fall on 100% –=on the Republicans.

I think the Republicans got the best they could from no hand at all and of added taxes to the job providers and the double whammy of Obamacare there will still be a big economic crash which will be blamed of the Democrats alone. And, speaking of cards, that is what the Democratic Nation has become-a house of cards waiting to collapse.

MaiDee on January 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

And after they vote him out, then they should vote themselves out. Nobody in the House or Senate is getting my vote next time around and I’ll be trying from now until it’s time to get everybody I know to jump on board. I’m tired of these democrats, I mean republicans….heck I don’t know, I keep getting them confused.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

You can’t harken back to the days of Reagan. We live in a different world today.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Which is exactly what they told me when Reagan was running…but I voted for him anyway.

odd that.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Well, that’s great. I’m glad you did.

If Reagan were running for President in today’s world, the Obamamedia would destroy him.

And the moron voter majority we have now, aren’t bright enough to even understand what Reagan said. Go back and listen to his speeches, you think typical moron voter today could even grasp that type of language today? No chance.

“I got my Obamaphone!” Game, set, match.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

bluefox. Where did you get the idea that Cantor was Boehner’s yes man? Cantor has been trying to get Boehner’s job for about ever. If you read Woodward’s book, you’d know that those two hate each other. Apparently the Sandy pork bill got delayed because Cantor and Boehner were fighting with each other.

Illinidiva on January 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

can he actually use the autopen on this? I find that hard to believe…but hey, he has set a lot of precedence that the gop can use…

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

According to Mark Knoller, he’s autopenned a pair of bills, but nobody has challenged its constitutionality.

I’m not a lawyer, but I suspect that it would survive. Now, if he waits until after noon EST tomorrow, that’s another story as it would be changing Congressional compensation mid-term (a violation of the Constitution).

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Those of us with functioning brain cells between our ears need to wake up and realize that nihilism is never the answer.
Dukeboy01 on January 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Honeybunch, the American Rev0 happened when the taxes were a hell of a lot lower. Do you think you are being represented now? Just askin’

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

Now multiple sources are reporting the Boehner resignation rumor is a bunch of Bravo Sierra.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I have been highly critical of Boehner in the past but NOT this time. When you’ve decisively lost an election (Obama won by 4 million, Dems gained ground in Senate, Reps lost ground in House) you’re holding NO CARDS with which to deal. Any Republican obstruction in House means the stupid American electorate (egged by by a lying MSM) will blame the huge tax inxrease which would fall on 100% –=on the Republicans.

I think the Republicans got the best they could from no hand at all and of added taxes to the job providers and the double whammy of Obamacare there will still be a big economic crash which will be blamed of the Democrats alone. And, speaking of cards, that is what the Democratic Nation has become-a house of cards waiting to collapse.

MaiDee on January 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Screw them and him! Who gives a rat’s patooty what they [Repubs or Dems] get the blame for. I DON’T CARE! You do what’s right. If the public believes that, then there’s no hope for them anyway. Screw them too! If you believe that Dems will get the blame for anything, you are delusional.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 5:19 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

Yeah, I love his “leadership,” voting to raise the debt ceiling, voting for the Pigford payouts, telling people who criticize government to “shut up.”

What a leader.

Dante on January 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

If they don’t keelhaul him, he’ll only be speaker for two more years.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Honeybunch, the American Rev0 happened when the taxes were a hell of a lot lower. Do you think you are being represented now? Just askin’

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

Bwahahahaha!!! You are exactly right! Good one.

air_up_there on January 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Well, that’s great. I’m glad you did.

If Reagan were running for President in today’s world, the Obamamedia would destroy him.

And the moron voter majority we have now, aren’t bright enough to even understand what Reagan said. Go back and listen to his speeches, you think typical moron voter today could even grasp that type of language today? No chance.

“I got my Obamaphone!” Game, set, match.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I know this is what you believe…and I’m telling you that for me…this is deja vu.

I’ve lived through this before….It was called the 1980′s.

Same arguments…different decade.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Bravo Sierra rumors? What is this world coming to? India Delta Kilo /

rsherwd65 on January 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Good grief. If Boehner has to resign so should the whole lot of them. I feel like he did the best he could under the circumstances, but I guess I’m the lone ranger here. Thankless job, indeed.

scalleywag on January 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

90% of Congress and 100% of the White House are cowards and defacto traitors. They ignore the Constitution as if it was assembly instructions for a toy. How did the once great USA ever get where we are today?

cajunpatriot on January 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I know this is what you believe…and I’m telling you that for me…this is deja vu.

I’ve lived through this before….It was called the 1980′s.

Same arguments…different decade.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Well, I applaud your ability to still maintain some hope. It’s nice to see, and I mean that.

I however, have none. Sorry.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I think the Republicans got the best they could from no hand at all…
MaiDee on January 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

This self-pitying contention is circular and never-ending — and sickening. Notice the constant subtext of passivity — i.e., the hand they were dealt, not the circumstances they forced or the force of character they exerted.

If you don’t like the cards you were dealt, then sweep the cards off the table and knock over the table. Shatter the paradigm. The Left does. Don’t snivel about your fate and grovel before the media. Your fate is in your own hands. You’re the goddamed speaker of the House of Representatives; the third most powerful position in the land and you control the purse strings of the government. Get out there and make speeches and challenge the media and challenge the President. Demand that all negotiations be in public on C-Span. demand that Hollywood subsidies be cut. Make issues, make scandals, call the media and democrats “elitists.” Make trouble. Act like a defender of liberty and champion of the little guy. Take the initiative.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

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.

And so could Boehner. At the very least, Boehner will be somewhat beholden to the Democrats for his job, while the Tea Party Tough Guys who tried to unseat him will have even less influence and power than before.

Sounds like a winning strategy for House conservatives, huh?

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.

Of course, they are already floating this. As a warning.

Mr. Arkadin on January 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

We need someone who when pelosi opens her skank hole, tells her to STFU and sit down. Same with Prez Skin Color.

msupertas on January 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

A “terrible” job? Are you kidding me? I’d think it would be an absolute joy, getting up every morning figuring out ways to torment Obama and the media and make the case for American conservatism. Engage. Fight. Win.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

andrew breitbart’s ghost for speaker!! =)

(seriously though i really do miss him…)

Sachiko on January 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I however, have none. Sorry.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Hang in there…start thinking about the midterms…and take solace in the fact that we raised such a stink…the RINO speaker is in trouble.

just stay tuned in…it only gets wierder.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

He’s done.

Matthew Boyle ‏@mboyle1

It’s not a rumor. Outgoing Rep. Jeff Landry just confirmed they have 17. Enough to unseat Boehner.

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Well if Obama’s plan was to create a war within the GOP so they would self destruct, he’s won.

scalleywag on January 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Get out there and make speeches and challenge the media and challenge the President. Demand that all negotiations be in public on C-Span. demand that Hollywood subsidies be cut. Make issues, make scandals, call the media and democrats “elitists.” Make trouble. Act like a defender of liberty and champion of the little guy. Take the initiative.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Wow, I would LOVE to see someone like this take the reigns. Be sure to let me know who on the Republican side is willing and able to do this.

I’m sorry, but I don’t know who this person is, nor do I think they exist in the House today or in the upcoming class. Sure would be swell though.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

It’s not a rumor. Outgoing Rep. Jeff Landry just confirmed they have 17. Enough to unseat Boehner.

cdog0613 on January 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

*pop*

Champagne’s on me!

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

This self-pitying contention is circular and never-ending — and sickening. Notice the constant subtext of passivity — i.e., the hand they were dealt, not the circumstances they forced or the force of character they exerted.

If you don’t like the cards you were dealt, then sweep the cards off the table and knock over the table. Shatter the paradigm. The Left does. Don’t snivel about your fate and grovel before the media. Your fate is in your own hands. You’re the goddamed speaker of the House of Representatives; the third most powerful position in the land and you control the purse strings of the government. Get out there and make speeches and challenge the media and challenge the President. Demand that all negotiations be in public on C-Span. demand that Hollywood subsidies be cut. Make issues, make scandals, call the media and democrats “elitists.” Make trouble. Act like a defender of liberty and champion of the little guy. Take the initiative.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

IRENE ADLER (intensely): I would have you right here on this desk, until you begged for mercy twice.

(The two of them stare at each other for a long moment before Sherlock speaks again.)

SHERLOCK HOLMES (with his eyes still locked on Irene’s): I’ve never begged for mercy in my life.

IRENE (emphatically): TWICE.

– SHERLOCK, Season 2, Episode 1; “A Scandal In Belgravia”

;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Well if Obama’s plan was to create a war within the GOP so they would self destruct, he’s won.

scalleywag on January 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Maybe smoking dope really does make you smart. Let’s see, I can drive to Colorado in about eight hrs. Later.

msupertas on January 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Maybe smoking dope really does make you smart. Let’s see, I can drive to Colorado in about eight hrs. Later.

msupertas on January 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hey!! Let’s not go alienating dope smokers.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

A “terrible” job? Are you kidding me? I’d think it would be an absolute joy, getting up every morning figuring out ways to torment Obama and the media and make the case for American conservatism. Engage. Fight. Win.

rrpjr on January 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The AG, or is it SOS, from Texas? His idea of fun is suing Obama.

cptacek on January 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Ready…
Fire…
Aim!

verbaluce on January 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Jonah Goldberg ‏@JonahNRO

Sounds about right RT @NikkiFinke Al Jazeera To Acquire Current TV: NY Times http://dlvr.it/2kmxGJ via @DeadlineCom

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Ready…
Fire…
Aim!

verbaluce on January 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

lol.

make sport if you must….but I call it progress.

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

IRENE ADLER (intensely): I would have you right here on this desk, until you begged for mercy twice.

(The two of them stare at each other for a long moment before Sherlock speaks again.)

SHERLOCK HOLMES (with his eyes still locked on Irene’s): I’ve never begged for mercy in my life.

IRENE (emphatically): TWICE.

– SHERLOCK, Season 2, Episode 1; “A Scandal In Belgravia”

;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

O/T, but that was a fine episode.

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Jonah Goldberg ‏@JonahNRO

Sounds about right RT @NikkiFinke Al Jazeera To Acquire Current TV: NY Times http://dlvr.it/2kmxGJ via @DeadlineCom

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 5:50 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

If you read Woodward’s book, you’d know that [...]

Illinidiva on January 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Now, you’re citing Woodward, that despicable, lying scumbag POS? Come on. This is ridiculous.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

O/T, but that was a fine episode.

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Absolutely magnificent; my favorite, so far. ;)

Kent18 on January 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Boehner should resign as Speaker. How can he think he’s qualified to continue?

Plus, B: give them a figure they haven’t dealt with yet. I don’t know if Ryan would do it, but I do like him.

disa on January 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

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