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If Not Boehner, Then Who? We Have Options
Redstate.com ^

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 candidate—or 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 conservatives—standing 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 primaried—we 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 shouldn’t—conservatives shouldn’t—endorse 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%.

That’s what we should be fighting for—not a smaller tax hike.

Boehner be warned.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: boehner

1 posted on 12/10/2012 1:41:45 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

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.


2 posted on 12/10/2012 1:47:17 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: cotton1706

Paul Ryan.


3 posted on 12/10/2012 1:47:49 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: cotton1706

No to Bonehead, Cantor or McCarthy!


4 posted on 12/10/2012 1:48:12 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Gay State Conservative

Ryan is part of the problem, not part of the solution.


5 posted on 12/10/2012 1:49:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


6 posted on 12/10/2012 1:49:52 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

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.


7 posted on 12/10/2012 1:51:24 PM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 1:52:42 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: cotton1706

There is no plus side to Boehner winning the speakership with democrat votes.

That would give us effectively a democrat controlled speaker.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 1:55:30 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: cotton1706

Gingrich!

I know the GOP-e will not allow this but there is no more qualified candidate.


10 posted on 12/10/2012 1:57:04 PM PST by tentmaker (Galt's Gulch is a state of mind...)
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To: cotton1706

Louie Gohmert of Tyler, TX would be a very good choice.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 2:03:25 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: cotton1706

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.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 2:06:08 PM PST by plain talk
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To: cotton1706

Tom Price.


13 posted on 12/10/2012 2:09:41 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: editor-surveyor

“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.


14 posted on 12/10/2012 2:13:14 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Theodore R.

I second Gohmert


15 posted on 12/10/2012 2:15:30 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: tentmaker

Yes, I would like to see Newt as speaker of the house.


16 posted on 12/10/2012 2:16:39 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Gohmert has cajones and I think he would be great.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 2:23:40 PM PST by surrey
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To: cotton1706

“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?


18 posted on 12/10/2012 2:33:28 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: editor-surveyor

“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.


19 posted on 12/10/2012 2:40:32 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Theodore R.

“Louie Gohmert of Tyler, TX would be a very good choice.”

Agreed, he would be an excellent choice.


20 posted on 12/10/2012 2:41:51 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706
Mark Levin said that the speaker did not have to be a member of Congress.

So, I vote for Mitt Romney.

21 posted on 12/10/2012 2:51:37 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Triple

Boenher has no guts when dealing with bamClaus, but he’s probably a undercutting hardass when he’s the one with the power (Speaker’s election).

Its rare when we get a Speaker that’s worth his salt. When we do, i.e. Newt, the RINOs and their friends on the other side of the aisle undercut and backstab them to death.


22 posted on 12/10/2012 3:03:48 PM PST by X-spurt (Ted Cruz for President of the Republic of Texas)
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To: cotton1706

Ron Paul, he says no to everything. *ducks*


23 posted on 12/10/2012 3:04:49 PM PST by wiseprince
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To: cotton1706

Hensarling is the only name I recognize but don’t know how conservative or tough he would be.

Any help would be appreciated.


24 posted on 12/10/2012 3:16:07 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Slyfox

“Mark Levin said that the speaker did not have to be a member of Congress.
So, I vote for Mitt Romney.”

While my mind instantly rejected this, that would be pretty fun!

But Romney’s no legislator. I’m for Price.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 3:27:26 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

How about Darrel Issa? I wonder if he could still chair his important committee? If not, he could handpick his successor.
Issa would be great, IMHO. He seems to recognize what we are up against about as well as any of them.


26 posted on 12/10/2012 3:37:09 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: cotton1706

Steve King, Iowa - MAJOR anti-illegal alien hawk! That’s why he’s the only person I’ve given $$$ to in the last 25 yrs!


27 posted on 12/10/2012 4:00:11 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: Triple

Lt. Col. West would be a great choice - but he lost his re-election (more accurately, it was stolen from him), so he will not be a member of the US House of Representatives. Therefore, I don’t think he’s eligible.


28 posted on 12/10/2012 5:35:45 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: cotton1706
While my mind instantly rejected this, that would be pretty fun!

My reasoning for Romney is that he is the only person who was able to rattle Obama.

Obama needs some more rattling.

29 posted on 12/10/2012 7:31:20 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Prov3456

There is no requirement that the speaker of the house hold a seat representing a district.


30 posted on 12/11/2012 4:21:29 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: cotton1706; All
How about RICK SANTELLI!!

SANTELLI: "STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING!" 6-28-2010
31 posted on 12/11/2012 5:06:55 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: cotton1706

Newt.


32 posted on 12/11/2012 5:19:10 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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