Skip to comments.If Not Boehner, Then Who? We Have Options
Posted on 12/10/2012 1:41:42 PM PST by cotton1706
If not Boehner, then who?
Last week, American Majority Action kicked off the trending #FireBoehner hastag on Twitter and began to pressure House members to abstain from voting for Speaker.
After speaking with the House Parliamentarian, we discovered the House precedent is actually interpreted to mean an absolute majority of votes cast for a specific candidate. So, House members do nothing by abstaining. However, the core idea remains: Without a majority (50% +1), the House is speakerless. If neither Boehner nor Pelosi win 50%, the House keeps voting until a new leader arises with a majority.
To get Boehner under 50%, we need to unite behind a candidateor candidates. We have more than three weeks to choose.
American Majority Action is endorsing Tom Price, Jim Jordan, and Jeb Hensarling as candidates for Speaker and senior leadership.
Though Price has announced that he does not plan to run, all three would be a welcome change. All three have been staunch conservativesstanding up against the Bush spending sprees. They have each been in leadership and have significant support in the caucus.
The #FireBoehner movement has become a threat: If Speaker Boehner compromises with Obama and they propose a tax-hike together, Speaker Boehner will be finished.
#FireBoehner started after Boehner proposed a tax-hike and purged four key conservatives from their committees. The movement has had tremendous support so far, and more House members will join our cause if Boehner capitulates.
We cannot raise taxes on our small businesses right now. Any Republican who votes for a tax-hike will be primariedwe can guarantee that.
If Obama continues to force the issue, we agree with Senator Rand Paul: Let Democrats eat the tax-hikes. Republicans should vote present and let liberals own these awful polices.
We shouldntconservatives shouldntendorse any policy that will destroy jobs for normal Americans, as tax hikes would. We should be fighting for what works. Frankly, we should be looking at tax cuts. Reagan cut taxes 25% in 1981, during both a recession and fiscal crisis, and by the end of his term: Revenue from the highest bracket doubled, Americans created 20 million jobs, and youth unemployment fell 43%.
Thats what we should be fighting fornot a smaller tax hike.
Boehner be warned.
There is a twist to this, that Democrats may actually cross the aisle to vote for Boehner, as they would prefer him to the other possible Republicans.
Democrats truly understand crossover votes, which they use in primary elections against conservatives, by voting for liberal Republicans and “faux” Republicans.
No to Bonehead, Cantor or McCarthy!
Ryan is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
That’s how Texas got their worthless RINO speaker. The plus side to Boehner winning the speakership with democrat votes would be that he would be emasculated, made powerless. The conservatives would feel no need to pay any attention whatsoever to him.
Boehner should have the house pas a bill that both republicans and conservatives can be happy with.
Only the hose has the authority to originate this bill, and the House should not relinquish that constitutional authority.
Next, for speaker, conservatives should rally behind 1 candidate (I would prefer Lt Col West.), and inform the speaker that is where the vote is going. He can either get on board with the plan, or, risk losing all the chairmanships and to the Democrats.
Conservatives should hold firm - We can no longer stand for the the GOPe to be in a leadership position of anything. Boehner have proven to be the enemy of conservatives, and should be treated as such.
No surprise if Rats vote for Bonehead. Many of them voted for the Debt
increase 2 years ago. However, it says that both the Rats and GOP
recoginize Bonehead as the leader of the DC Party, not The GOP.
Of course, we already know that.
There is no plus side to Boehner winning the speakership with democrat votes.
That would give us effectively a democrat controlled speaker.
I know the GOP-e will not allow this but there is no more qualified candidate.
Louie Gohmert of Tyler, TX would be a very good choice.
None of these candidates are well known which makes this harder. There can’t be three. There must be one. And then we encourage this candidate to run. If they won’t run all of this is futile. So a key factor in picking a challenger is who wants the job.
“There is no plus side to Boehner winning the speakership with democrat votes.”
Oh, I agree. And frankly, we have a democrat-controlled speaker now.
My point was that if Boehner won with democrat votes, he would be done. The leadership in the house, in the real sense would pass to somebody else.
I second Gohmert
Yes, I would like to see Newt as speaker of the house.
Gohmert has cajones and I think he would be great.
“Tom Price, Jim Jordan, and Jeb Hensarling”
Any of these three gentlemen would be heads and shoulders above Boehner.
As a matter of fact, since Boehner is absolutely worthless how could it get any worse?
“Ryan is part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
I’m afraid you’re right. His “roadmap” was going to take—what—20 years to balance the budget? Jim Jordan and the Conservative Study Group at first opposed the Ryan plan for a much bolder budget that would balance in a much shorter period.
“Louie Gohmert of Tyler, TX would be a very good choice.”
Agreed, he would be an excellent choice.
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