Open thread: House Speaker vote; Update: Boehner wins

posted at 12:11 pm on January 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Under normal circumstances, the vote for Speaker of the House would be a footnote to the opening day of a new Congressional session — but these aren’t normal circumstances.  There has been some grassroots effort to unseat John Boehner in today’s vote, or at least to pressure him into some concessions to conservatives who have felt rejected over the fiscal-cliff negotiations.  It may take as few as 17 dissident Republicans to force Boehner to campaign for his seat:

Rep. John Boehner is running unopposed to keep his job as House speaker for a second term, but the Ohio Republican’s reelection bid – the first vote of the 113th Congress, which convenes on Thursday – is nonetheless a churn of rumor and controversy.

It would take just 17 GOP dissenters to force a second ballot in Thursday’s 12:45 p.m. voice vote and force, perhaps, Boehner to withdraw his candidacy for reelection as speaker.

“It’s not going to happen,” says Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, responding to such reports in an e-mail.

Here’s the rub: while there has been considerable dissatisfaction over the way Boehner has handled his job, there hasn’t been any public challenge to his speakership.  No one has publicly declared him/herself a candidate for the job.  Nor has anyone demonstrated any real inclination to take it, either by word or deed, as Ben Howe commented earlier on Twitter:

Erick Erickson noted the problem of “who else” after hearing from sources on Capitol Hill:

Jim Antle isn’t seeing any options, without Majority Leader Eric Cantor challenging:

Honestly, who would want the job?  They’d have a weak hand in every negotiation, and would have to somehow corral the entire fractious caucus to get anything done. The obvious choice would be Cantor, but he owes his House Majority Leader position to Boehner and hasn’t expressed any interest at all in the job.  No one else would be likely to get the votes.

I’d guess that we may see two or three ballots on the question, just to press Boehner into a hard commitment to force normal order in the 113th, a pledge he renewed this week.  Unless a leader rises to represent the dissenters, though, the vote will eventually go Boehner’s way.

Update: If there was going to be a serious challenge, one could expect the momentum to come from the conservative Republican Study Committee.  As our colleague Guy Benson noted, though, it sounds as though they’ve achieved some accommodation with Boehner:

Update: “No further nominations” other than Boehner or Nancy Pelosi. Pretty sure any abstentions will be minimal at this point.

Update: Justin Amash, who lost his committee assignment in a round of whip-cracking by Boehner after the election, voted for … Raul Labrador.

Update: Cantor received a protest vote from a freshman Republican, but wasn’t too happy about it:

Cantor voted for Boehner, apparently, although there was some confusion as to whether he responded at all.

Update: It’s not just Republicans casting protest votes:

Derp!

Update: We’re more than a third of the way through, and so far only 6 protest votes from Republicans, but Tim Huelskamp also got revenge for his committee punishment:

But …

Update: At the halfway mark,it’s looking like Boehner may have to sweat out a first-ballot win:

Update: Interestingly, both Price and Schweikert — who have openly opposed Boehner of late — voted to make him Speaker.

Update: As I suspected, Boehner won on the first ballot, and managed to do better than the bare-majority 218, too. Not that Boehner actually needed 218 votes to win — he only needed a majority of votes cast for any candidate, as the Congressional Research Service explained a year ago in a report, emphasis mine:

Each new House elects a Speaker by roll call vote when it first convenes. Customarily, the conference of each major party nominates a candidate whose name is placed in nomination. Members normally vote for the candidate of their own party conference, but may vote for any individual, whether nominated or not. To be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of all the votes cast for individuals. This number may be less than a majority (now 218) of the full membership of the House, because of vacancies, absentees, or members voting “present.”

It appears that Boehner had about a 20-vote cushion after accounting for various protest votes, so in effect it wasn’t even really close.

Update: Today’s biggest loser?

A conservative group aiming to oust John Boehner as speaker of the House said on Wednesday that they have commitments from enough Republicans in Congress to deliver the political surprise of the year and deny the Ohio Republican another two years with the speaker’s gavel.

“I have confirmed with a group of congressmen that Speaker Boehner will not be elected speaker tomorrow,” Ron Meyer of the group American Majority Action wrote in an email Wednesday evening. “He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.”

In a phone interview with The Daily Caller, Meyer said “more than 20” Republicans have told his group they won’t vote for Boehner during elections Thursday. American Majority Action is a conservative organization based in Virginia that is active in the tea party movement. It is run by Ned Ryun, the son of former Republican Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas.

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Off With His (RINO) Head!

Tim_CA on January 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Bachman!

sauldalinsky on January 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

THROW HIS ASS OUT!!!!!

williamg on January 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Another dead Congressional term. Good luck in 2014 Rs!

belad on January 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Either way there will be tears.

Bishop on January 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I’m no fan of Boehner, but be careful what you ask for. The whole house votes for speaker, not just the caucus. If the Republicans split, we could end up with something far worse. Can you say Speaker Pelosi?

simkeith on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Bachman!

sauldalinsky on January 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Agree!!

SteveInNC on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Cantor and Boehner hate each other but Cantor isn’t suicidal. Won’t challenge him unless he’d win.

Illinidiva on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I would settle for Mr/Ms. Cinder-Block quite frankly.

Mr. Arrogant on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

sauldalinsky needs to learn how to spell “Bachmann”. Not that it matters, as she is a terrible choice.

The only logical alternative is Ryan…or perhaps Jeb Bush or even Gingrich again. The Speaker doesn’t have to be a sitting member of the House.

cdw070 on January 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I think Trey Gowdy from SC would be a good speaker. It won’t happen, but I do think he has the spine to go toe-to-toe with the White House.

joejm65 on January 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

What?? You mean to tell me that the BREATHLESS, RED-HOT SCOOP [**MUST CREDIT BREITBART**] that Boehner was going to be overturned was, in fact, actually just a piece of BS hype driven by one of the most corrupt Tea Party groups (American Majority for Action) seeking to get its name in the press and extend its influence?

THE DEUCE YOU SAY.

Esoteric on January 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m no fan of Boehner, but be careful what you ask for. The whole house votes for speaker, not just the caucus. If the Republicans split, we could end up with something far worse. Can you say Speaker Pelosi?

simkeith on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Have to have a complete majority to become speaker, can’t win with just a plurality. So unless some R’s break and vote for Pelosi, she won’t be speaker.

topdawg on January 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

When a leftist writes this, then you’re an utter turkey Boehner.

You are a traitor to the children/grandchildren of the country, an eunuch who succumbs to charlatans like Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

Go home and cry, or just go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Of course when I have to go to a meeting.

If Boehner stays – please let him have learned a very valuable lesson.

gophergirl on January 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Here’s an ideo: Since squishiness hasn’t worked, why don’t you “public servants” nominate an actual Conservative, instead of a member of the NE Republicans’ Club?

kingsjester on January 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Honestly, who would want the job?

Nancy Pelosi?

BigGator5 on January 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Since it doesn’t have to be a sitting member of the house…

I vote for Ted Nugent.

trigon on January 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

poop sandwich, and we’re all going to have to take a bite.

MoreLiberty on January 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I’m no fan of Boehner, but be careful what you ask for. The whole house votes for speaker, not just the caucus. If the Republicans split, we could end up with something far worse. Can you say Speaker Pelosi?

Not a danger, I mean not unless some GOP representatives do crazy crazy sh*t and vote for Pelosi. The rules of the House dictate that a Speaker cannot be selected by a plurality (absent a specific preceding resolution passed by the House, good for that term only), but rather must be a majority. In ye olden days, that meant that there would sometimes be multiple ballots, with candidates withdrawing and their votes going to a remaining competitor.

Esoteric on January 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Most all in DC are the supposed reps of the harltos of the land.

May all, they and the harlots suffer incredibly under their destruction. They all deserve no less. The harlot fools don’t see that the land is robbed from their kids.

Always starve the Looters, in turn hurting the moochers of the once free land.

Now she is the stupidest in the world, in full decline.

The D/Rs are equally at fault.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The dhims won’t vote for anyone that Pelosi thinks is a strong leader. They need a weakling like Boehner in order to continue the disenchantment with the Rs and have a chance to win back the House in 2014.

Complacency, inaction and apathy have consequences and the country is going to feel more pain for much longer than they think. Obozo will become the First Amerikan King in 2016.

belad on January 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I vote for Bolton.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Boehner will be re-elected…….why?

Because the gop is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.

PappyD61 on January 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I’d like to see Marsha Blackburn be elected Speaker.

Naturally Curly on January 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I’ll take the job!

We control the House and nothing will be passed. We won’t fall off the fiscal cliff, we will leap off it.

huckleberryfriend on January 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The key point from Antle’s tweet is that the only Republican who could be Speaker is Boehner, not that the only possible Speaker is Boehner.

That said, the trend I’m seeing is there won’t be the 17 non-Boehner votes to make this a multi-ballot affair and open the door for Pelosi.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Nobody cares.

beatcanvas on January 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The utter squish eunuchs will keep an utter turkey their Speaker.

The land is truly lost.

Krauthammer is right.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

More promises broken. Great job 111th Congress. Glad everyone’s adhering to the Constitution now/

Adhere to the Constitution
For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

Promise Fulfilled This promise was fulfilled through requirements added to the Rules of the House of Representatives, adopted on January 5, 2011.

Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time
We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with “must-pass” legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.

sauldalinsky on January 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Nobody cares.

beatcanvas on January 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Yup.

Mr. Arrogant on January 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

F*ck you Boehner.

Midas on January 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Who are the missing 5?

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

If you plan to depose Boehner, fine. Formulate a plan and have someone in mind before you make your move. No more of this ad-hoc, it-will-all-turn-out-ok-because-we-are-the-voice-of-the-people BS. Have.A.Gods-blessed.PLAN!

Sekhmet on January 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Honestly, who would want the job?

I doubt Boehner is that excited about the job himself. So IMHO that works in his favor. Hopefully he’s over the day he got the gavel and he started crying at the notion that he, his father’s son, of humble beginnings, rose to become Speaker of the House. Hopefully he’s gained some perspective and will focus, and do SOMETHING about our fiscal situation.

Paul-Cincy on January 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Make that missing 4 – Tim Scott is across the Capitol building, and Jesse Jackson Jr. is occupying a…different seat.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Gangrene is setting in.

rayra on January 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The majority for today is 217.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

They’d have a weak hand in every negotiation,

I just don’t get this line of thinking. Many battles have been won with a so called weak hand.
But if no one is going to try… what’s the point.

Democrats are winning by default. Not because they have better ideas or a superior hand. Nobody on our side is standing up against them.

How would things change if the GOP stood their ground, attacked spending, passed serious spending cuts and tax cuts.. kept hitting Obama’s $4-7,000,000. vacations in the middle of fiscal cliff talks?

Would nothing change? Well, we’ll never freaking know because our side never fights! Boehner attacks conservatives in Republican committees with more zeal than he does a corrupt political party called Democrat!

JellyToast on January 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Either way there will be tears.

Bishop on January 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

lmao.

Tim_CA on January 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I’m dragging a tidbit over from the previous thread…

He wanted 1.6 trillion; Boehner was willing to give 800 billion; and the deal only gave $600 billion. Obama could have let all the tax rates revert if he wanted to. He is the one who caved not Boehner.

jerryofva on January 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Let’s face it, Boehner is not the biggest problem we have. Reid has turned our system of governence on its head with no budgets and Obama is a radical community organinzing idealogogue that will get away with as much as his old hippie cohorts will help him achieve. Our media is going to report every story to defeat repub loyalty where ever they can. Yes, our fellow Americans on the left are as stupid as we think they are. Maybe we ought to dial it back a bit and get some perspective. We are in a world of hurt but its not because of John Boehner.

DanMan on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

McMorris-Rodgers lying that her conference is unanimous behind Boehner, but his name has now been placed in nomination.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Either way there will be tears.

Bishop on January 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

In other news, water is wet.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It p!$$es me off how the lsm is only calling out the house for being dysfunctional and not producing bills…. how about a Senate that hasn’t passed a budget or anything that the house as brought over for a vote

Arrrgghh

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

And the Rats officially nominate Pelosi.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I think Trey Gowdy from SC would be a good speaker. It won’t happen, but I do think he has the spine to go toe-to-toe with the White House.

joejm65 on January 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

At this rate, I’d even take Curt Gowdy as Speaker.

Myron Falwell on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

McMorris-Rodgers lying that her conference is unanimous behind Boehner, but his name has now been placed in nomination.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

She has been one colossal disappointment and I will do everything in my power to have her defeated in 2014.

Mr. Arrogant on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

It p!$$es me off how the lsm is only calling out the house for being dysfunctional and not producing bills…. how about a Senate that hasn’t passed a budget or anything that the house as brought over for a vote

Arrrgghh

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

They’re Rat Presstitute Organs; they play whatever tune the Rats grind out.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Give it back to Pelosi. At least she won’t be caving to Obama’s demands; the screwing of America will be open and honest again.

Liam on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

RINOs rule. Sinecures duly ptotected. Nothing changes as we sleepwalk to national ruin.

I notice that Nancy Pelosi made another vicious libel against the GOP today. As usual, no response from anybody in the GOP. No counter-attack. No attack. Nothing. Self-loathing, sleepwalking RINOs rule. Nothing changes. Onward to ruin.

rrpjr on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

No further nominations – Round 1 is strictly Boehner vs Pelosi.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Update: If there was going to be a serious challenge, one could expect the momentum to come from the conservative Republican Study Committee. As our colleague Guy Benson noted, though, it sounds as though they’ve achieved some accommodation with Boehner:

Given the RSC is the majority of the Republican caucus….

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Justin Amash spoke-in Raul Labrador

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

RINOs rule. Sinecures duly ptotected. Nothing changes as we sleepwalk to national ruin.

I notice that Nancy Pelosi made another vicious libel against the GOP today. As usual, no response from anybody in the GOP. No counter-attack. No attack. Nothing. Self-loathing, sleepwalking RINOs rule. Nothing changes. Onward to ruin.

rrpjr on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yep. The freaking party of nothing. The GOP is the freaking party of absolutely nothing.

JellyToast on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Honestly, who would want the job?

This is the thinking, the mentality that has destroyed America. The Speaker of the House is the most powerful man in America. Read the US Constitution sometime. All spending appropriations MUST originate in the HOUSE. The Speaker of the House dictates what does and does not come to the floor in the House.

For the love of God, didn’t any of you learn from Nancy Pelosi? During her tenure as Speaker of the House she got EVERYTHING she wanted. She got it because she understood the most primal fundamental rule in politics.

He who has the gold, makes the RULES. In the United States of America, under the United States Constitution, it is the Speaker of the House who makes the Rules, because it is the Speaker of the House who controls the purse strings. Remember, All spending appropriations MUST originate in the HOUSE.

Currently we are, thanks to Harry Reid, no authorized Federal Budget. As a consequence, the Federal Government is operating off a continuing Resolution. Never in American History has the Speak of the House had so much power.

Because of Harry Reid’s actions the Speaker of the House can demand ANYTHING he want’s and get it. Because unlike any other time in US History, the Speaker of the House can completely totally shut down the United States Federal Government.

Because their is no Federal Budget all the Speaker of the House has to do is refuse to allow the Continuing Resolution to come to the house floor. The Government then shuts down and there isn’t a damned thing that the Senate, the POTUS the Supreme Court or the House can do to start it back up again until the Speaker of the House say start it back up.

This is how you play hardball for keeps. This is why Bonehead Boehner is a traitor and a coward. He could demand ANYTHING and get it. Demand a Flat tax, no flax tax, no money for anyone. No spending cuts, let’s see who can stand in the fire longer. The Speaker of the House could shut the Government down for 1 full year. Nobody would get paid during that time.

SWalker on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

sauldalinsky needs to learn how to spell “Bachmann”. Not that it matters, as she is a terrible choice.

The only logical alternative is Ryan…or perhaps Jeb Bush or even Gingrich again. The Speaker doesn’t have to be a sitting member of the House.

cdw070 on January 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Heh, thought about googling it, I always forget if it one L or one N, whatever.

Ryan is charlatan. He talks a conservative game at times, but hasn’t followed through ever. Heck, he lied about his marathon time by over an hour. Don’t trust anything he says.

sauldalinsky on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

At this rate, I’d even take Curt Gowdy as Speaker.

Myron Falwell on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yeah. And then, let’s dig up Bing Crosby and Phil haris and revive American Sportsman on ABC. :)

Looks the the NE Moderate Republicans’ Club is in full swing. Has the “high sign” been given? Where’s Spanky and Alfalfa?

kingsjester on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

It looks like nothing is ever going to change by working within this system.

WordsMatter on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Commencing. Buncha clowns. It’s open voting, stand and declare your pick.

rayra on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Meanwhile, the Rat caucus not 100% behind Pelosi – John Barrow spoke-in John Lewis.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

We are in a world of hurt but its not because of John Boehner.

DanMan on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

He’s not helping much, but this is a good point.

MT on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Win in DC with Boehner, continue to lose grassroots and rank & file support everywhere else. DO they EVER want to win another national election? Or have ANY shot at getting the Senate? They are doing everything possible to assure that WON’T happen.

michaelo on January 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Unclear whether Michele Bachmann spoke-in herself or didn’t vote at all. In either case, 2 Rs not voting for Boehner.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

3. Blackburn is not present.

UODuckMan on January 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Marsha Blackburn not voting – 3 Rs not voting for Boehner.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

*blood boiling*

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Cantor and Boehner kissed and made up.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

To quote The Talking Heads, “Same as it ever was”…

kingsjester on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Cantor and Boehner kissed and made up.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

And King’s praise for Boehner today makes it a threesome.

Liam on January 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Raul Labrador 4 President!

Abby Adams on January 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Jim Bridenstine voted for Cantor – 4 Rs not voting for Boehner (2 not in room).

Paul Broun voted Allen West – makes 5 Rs not on the Boehner train.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Honestly, who would want the job?

This is the thinking, the mentality that has destroyed America. SWalker on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I agree. Well said. I thought the remark was stupidly flip and Constitutionally insulting.

rrpjr on January 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

somebody just voted for colin powell

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

from Hugh Hewitt show

HH: Are you still running?

PR: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or yes.

HH: But you did run marathons at some point?

PR: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.

HH: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?

PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.

HH: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami University…

PR: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.

sauldalinsky on January 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It p!$$es me off how the lsm is only calling out the house for being dysfunctional and not producing bills…. how about a Senate that hasn’t passed a budget or anything that the house as brought over for a vote

Arrrgghh

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

While Boehner is a problem along with all his fellow travelers over there, the media is the biggest problem we have.

How do you think all those low information voters remain low information? This is a media that has pretty much successfully covered up Benghazi and F&F. A dry, dull fiscal issue is not going to be a problem.

Until we can resolve the media’s control on information getting out, then we really are just spinning our tires because most people won’t have a clue what’s going on out there and the corrupt/spineless/stupid will continue to thrive.

kim roy on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Gov. Palin would have been the best choice (in my view).

Zorro on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

kingsjester on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

This

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner…

Strike one…

MNHawk on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Boehner, you Fool

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

kim roy on January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

spot on KR
*sigh*

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

“Bureaucracy, foodstamps, dependency” — Mark Steyn

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I’m no fan of Boehner, but be careful what you ask for. The whole house votes for speaker, not just the caucus. If the Republicans split, we could end up with something far worse. Can you say Speaker Pelosi?

simkeith on January 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Aren’t you tired of having to compromise your beliefs?
Aren’t you tired of voting for the worst of two evils?
Aren’t you tired of voting for “anybody but”?

Where’s your integrity?
What will it take for you to take a stand?

tencole on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Buck Foehner in the 21st Century

cane_loader on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Second Dem defection from Pelosi – Jim Cooper voted for Colin Powell.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Obama destroys the USA apace and Boehner enables him, derelict of his sworn duties.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Cantor and Boehner kissed and made up.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

And King’s praise for Boehner today makes it a threesome.

Liam on January 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I know that we are all frustrated but these folks are not the bigger problem. The 51% of the populace that have become takers are the problem. Elections have consequences.

VegasRick on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

SWalker on January 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Applause.

However, if someone were to be like that on the R side, the media might be mean to them and not like them anymore.

/just in case

kim roy on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Republicans this far out of touch with their base. They don’t care one iota about what we think. I’ve never been a third party guy but that time is very near. I don’t think I can vote Republican again.

Big Orange on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Foehner must go.

cane_loader on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

the point is this– express a vote of no confidence, let it go to 2-3 rounds of voting to prove a point before finally electing him by default

They caved on taxes. The Dims now have zero leverage. Now Boehner and the House need to get belligerent and demand huge cuts and hold them hostage with the debt ceiling and the sequester

thurman on January 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Where’s Paul Ryan? Has he decided to play ball with Boehner as well?

cs89 on January 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Cantor and Boehner kissed and made up.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

To Hades with both. Cantor knew about Benghazi, the truth, 2 weeks bef. Obama became king, and said nada. They are both traitors.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Republicans this far out of touch with their base. They don’t care one iota about what we think. I’ve never been a third party guy but that time is very near. I don’t think I can vote Republican again.

Big Orange on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Good.

Dante on January 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Republicans this far out of touch with their base. They don’t care one iota about what we think. I’ve never been a third party guy but that time is very near. I don’t think I can vote Republican again.

Big Orange on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I hear you.

The foundation of representative democracy is thatthe representatives exercise the will of the represented.

On issue after issue, those of us forced to vote GOP due to Dem insanity are being ignored.

It’s time to stop voting Republican, and time to form a new party.

THE WHIGS GOP MUST GO

cane_loader on January 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Where’s Paul Ryan? Has he decided to play ball with Boehner as well?

cs89 on January 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

If my math is right, he’ll be about vote 200 for Bo(eh)ner. It’s alphabetical, and they’re in the Gs now.

Steve Eggleston on January 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Justin Amash

This is one that will survive the clusterfluke that will be the 2014 elections.

MNHawk on January 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

so the lsm is OK with dear leader NOT negotiating on the debt ceiling but the house GOP BETTER COMPROMISE with dear leader or else…

cripe…

cmsinaz on January 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

boner is a traitor. throw the bum out.

renalin on January 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Republicans this far out of touch with their base. They don’t care one iota about what we think. I’ve never been a third party guy but that time is very near. I don’t think I can vote Republican again.

Big Orange on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

We kind of knew this going in when Romney won the nomination. None of us here (at least) wanted him and knew that it was going to be more of the same or Obama.

The party needs to be purged or a third party needs to be considered or it’s just going to be more of the same cr*p.

kim roy on January 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

They don’t care one iota about what we think. I’ve never been a third party guy but that time is very near. I don’t think I can vote Republican again.

Big Orange on January 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

And it’s not that they don’t know. The base has been screaming at them for YEARS – and not just the Obama years – about spending.

No one cares.

Washington Nearsider on January 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

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