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No Conservative Will Challenge Boehner for House GOP Leader’s Post (Operation Boehner’s
CNS News ^ | Monday, November 10, 2008 | Josiah Ryan

Posted on 11/12/2008 7:58:21 PM PST by counterpunch

Three out of the four most powerful House Republican leadership positions will be changing hands in the wake of Tuesday’s election, in which Democrats gained 19 seats. That won’t include the position of House Minority Leader, however.

Sources on Capitol Hill told CNSNews.com that despite “widespread discontent” among rank-and-file Republicans, it is unlikely that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will even be challenged for his position in the new Congress.

“The general feeling around here is, ‘Let’s just get rid of all of them,’” one Republican aide said Friday. “We’re just not big fans (of Boehner.) We have got to get someone in who has a better way of relating to people.”

But the most likely candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a conservative who, sources say, several members have privately urged to run for the post, took himself out of the running on Friday.

In a statement issued to CNSNews.com, Ryan said that despite the “outpouring of support,” he has opted out for personal reasons.

“I share their hunger for reform and will work tirelessly as a policy leader for the Republican Party,” Ryan said. “My first priority in life will always be my wife and my three young children. As I reflect upon the strains that this position would place on my young family, I have decided not to enter my name as a candidate for House Minority Leader.”

House GOP Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) announced last week that they will step down. Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), respectively, have declared their candidacies to fill those vacancies.

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KEYWORDS: 111th; boehner; boehnersdonors; boner; congress; minorityleader
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The time has come for a grassroots uprising against Boner. Operation Boehner's Donors begins here. We are looking for people from each Republican held district to serve as a Team Captain, where you will help create a petition at petitiononline.com for your district and drive signatures from local registered Republicans, particularly ones who have donated to your congressman in the past.

We will pledge to withhold all campaign funds to any representative who votes to return Boner to the leadership post.

Please discuss this action here, announce your interest in heading up the campaign in your district, etc.
 
1 posted on 11/12/2008 7:58:21 PM PST by counterpunch
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To: counterpunch

So does this mean the GOP House leader won’t have to do anything — again? I mean the success of the last election was so stunning in it’s lack of success. Did anyone see the lameo dontgo campaign? If that’s what we have to look forward to ... I say don’t go.


2 posted on 11/12/2008 8:02:19 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: counterpunch

It should be a common-sense rule that if the party loses, all members of the leadership in charge should automatically resign. If no on steps forward to take a vacated position, it can revert to its previous holder.


3 posted on 11/12/2008 8:02:39 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: counterpunch

Stupid!!!....


4 posted on 11/12/2008 8:03:28 PM PST by KoRn
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To: counterpunch

I lost a great conservative congressman because they refused to dole out campaign money to my congressman. They said he was a lost cause but he ended up losing by 2% in a 4 way race.

Boehner is another anti conservative republican who deserves the beating he’s going to get.


5 posted on 11/12/2008 8:03:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: counterpunch

It is official: The Republican Party has become the New York Knicks circa 3 years ago and Boner is Isaiah Thomas.


6 posted on 11/12/2008 8:04:13 PM PST by exist
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To: Tarpon
So does this mean the GOP House leader won’t have to do anything

Correct it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to rollover and lose.

7 posted on 11/12/2008 8:06:43 PM PST by org.whodat ( "the Whipped Dog Party" , what was formally the republicans.)
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To: counterpunch
Paul Ryan is supposed to be an up and coming conservative leader. Unfortunately, he voted for the $700 billion bailout that turned out to be a fraud. He believed the liberal lies. This guy has a long way to go before he is leadership material. Also, check his 2nd Amendment record. Moderate at best.

Keep looking. There MUST be a conservative around somewhere.

8 posted on 11/12/2008 8:07:37 PM PST by April Lexington
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To: counterpunch
RIP GOP.

9 posted on 11/12/2008 8:08:46 PM PST by glock rocks (Keep the change. Palin 2012)
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To: counterpunch

And this surprises Amerika because...........?


10 posted on 11/12/2008 8:09:06 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: counterpunch

I’ve already called my critter. He got the message loud and clear. NO MODERATES. We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Take no prisoners to lunch!


11 posted on 11/12/2008 8:09:35 PM PST by April Lexington
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To: April Lexington

We need Mike Pence to take over the GOP leadership post.
We need grassroots activists to sign up for Operation Boehner’s Doners here.

If you do nothing then you cannot complain about the do-nothings in Washington.


12 posted on 11/12/2008 8:11:31 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: counterpunch

Throw the bums out, especially Boehner.


13 posted on 11/12/2008 8:13:01 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: April Lexington

Calling your Rep is not enough.
We need to organize against Boner, or the GOP will further sink into oblivion, and the country will follow.


14 posted on 11/12/2008 8:13:50 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: traviskicks

So are you signing up for Operation Boehner’s Donors?


15 posted on 11/12/2008 8:14:27 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: counterpunch

Sounds good. Who is Mike Pence? And... why is he qualified?


16 posted on 11/12/2008 8:14:36 PM PST by April Lexington
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To: org.whodat

You nailed it. When I see Beohner, it always looks like he is in a hurry to get to the golf course. He doesn’t seem to be too deep a thinker, or master strategist.


17 posted on 11/12/2008 8:15:02 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: counterpunch

It is time people stopped giving money to the RNC and started giving to the Club For Growth, an excellent organization which primarily challenges RINOs in the primaries:

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/about.php


18 posted on 11/12/2008 8:15:31 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: April Lexington
Keep looking. There MUST be a conservative around somewhere.

Ron Paul would be my first choice. Domestically he is second to none, most people agree on that. On Foreign policy people just have to get over that he supports many of the US troops in 130 countries coming home and that US taxpayers would stop providing for all their defense. 'Conservatives' apparently have a hard time stomaching that.
19 posted on 11/12/2008 8:19:35 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

I’m still kicking myself in the pants for giving money to the RNC during the McCain thing. They are nothing but a jobs program for moderate Democrats!

Clean house, go conservative or we start a new party!


20 posted on 11/12/2008 8:19:55 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: counterpunch

Agreed!

Keep up the pressure, I am with you counterpunch (btw I already posted this two days ago ;)!


21 posted on 11/12/2008 8:20:35 PM PST by JSDude1 (PAUL BROUN for House Republican Minority Leader..Mike Pence for conference chair!)
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To: counterpunch

Someone needs to show some guts and stop griping anonymously about Boehner still staying but challenge the loser. And if no one wants to directly do it, do so indirectly with a no confidence vote. Just don’t give him one single vote and embarass him into resignation. Then draft someone to replace him.


22 posted on 11/12/2008 8:22:07 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Gov. Sarah Palin '08 -- President Sarah Palin '12)
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To: traviskicks

What a shame. Boehner could’ve been a leader for conservative change but he acts as though he has duct tape over his mouth.

WE NEED LEADERSHIP!


23 posted on 11/12/2008 8:22:22 PM PST by MNReaganite (Bobby Jindal for President)
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To: April Lexington

Paul Broun!


24 posted on 11/12/2008 8:22:22 PM PST by JSDude1 (PAUL BROUN for House Republican Minority Leader..Mike Pence for conference chair!)
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To: April Lexington
Mike Pence is a representative from Indiana.
He is the former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus in the House) and is currently in line to take the #3 position in the House GOP.
In 2006 he ran against Boner for the leadership position and lost.

Mike Pence lead the revolt against the bailout and the GOP energy protest in the House which succeeded in getting the offshore drilling ban to expire.

Mike Pence is a former talk radio host.


 

25 posted on 11/12/2008 8:22:38 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: April Lexington

We need to do more than simply not give money to the RNC.
We need to demand the change we want in exchange for donations.


26 posted on 11/12/2008 8:24:52 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: traviskicks
Pat Buchanan has an op-ed piece in the Nov 3rd American Conservative that suggests the same thing. Paleoconservatives like the idea of isolationism.

It may be worth looking into.

27 posted on 11/12/2008 8:27:37 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: counterpunch
THanks for the info. I'll check him out.

But... he needs a good fashion designer. He looks like an eighty year old Republican. Why do these guys all have the same goofy Congressional hairdo? Romney lost the nomination because of his hairstyle. NOBODY is going to vote for someone with that image.

Think about all of the young voters who related to The O. We need a youthful, modern image or w lose. I'm serious here.

28 posted on 11/12/2008 8:37:28 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: Soul Seeker

No one is willing to challenge Boner because they are all afraid of the seniority driven herd mentality which promotes mediocrity within the GOP.

Republicans are generally timid and stupid, and will run as a herd until they eventually run into a wall or off a cliff.

We need to give House Republicans a reason not to support Boner. The only thing they fear more than breaking with the herd is their own little pool of money drying up. So that is what we must threaten.

Only when the illusion of support for Boner is shattered will someone worthwhile step up to challenge him. When that happens, we must all stand behind and support that person.


29 posted on 11/12/2008 8:37:34 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: April Lexington
RINO Season is Open!!!
30 posted on 11/12/2008 8:37:37 PM PST by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: counterpunch
If Boehner was a man of character he'd step down. We lost. He was at the helm. He needs to step down. If he doesn't the world laughs.
31 posted on 11/12/2008 8:39:14 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: cripplecreek

I went to an event with a group over a year ago that Boehner spoke at. One question asked of Boehner was whether or not he would try to do something that would energize the conservative base. He basically said the conservatives were going to vote Republican, and they needed to work on expanding the tent to moderates and independents.


32 posted on 11/12/2008 8:42:14 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: counterpunch
“...Republicans are generally timid and stupid, and will run as a herd until they eventually run into a wall or off a cliff.”

Let's get them headed for the cliff. If this is how it works, let them keep their blow dried hair. We start a new conservative party and these clowns can shrivel
up and go away.

As long as we've gotten our *sses kicked, let's kick theirs. I'm not toiling in the vineyard for the party while these weenies are in power. Let them go work at Walmart!

33 posted on 11/12/2008 8:42:39 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: exist

Good analogy. I didn’t like Isaiah Thomas.... and I don’t like Boehner.

Boehner needs to step down.


34 posted on 11/12/2008 8:42:39 PM PST by chief_believer
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To: Pinkbell
“I went to an event with a group over a year ago that Boehner spoke at. One question asked of Boehner was whether or not he would try to do something that would energize the conservative base. He basically said the conservatives were going to vote Republican, and they needed to work on expanding the tent to moderates and independents.”

Brilliant strategy. Now step down. Who's Kool Aide are they drinking?

35 posted on 11/12/2008 8:44:17 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: April Lexington

It would take a generation to build a new party and then it would just end up being full of the same losers we have in the GOP.
We need to take the GOP back, which we can only do by getting more involved in who runs the party and who runs in elections.

I see there are still no takers for heading up a district in Operation: Boehner’s Donors.


36 posted on 11/12/2008 8:52:46 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: counterpunch
Think globally. Act locally. Like call your critter and tell it NOT to support Boehner. I called mine and he understands. No more Rotary lunches and Fourth of July Parades unless he gets real conservative real fast.

We have lots of good local candidates in the pipeline around here and the election is just 23 months away. He gets it. No Boehner or no money to run for reelection.

37 posted on 11/12/2008 8:57:08 PM PST by April Lexington (We are now the Che Guevara Republicans. Get radical or get lost!)
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To: counterpunch

I agree. If he had any honor, he’d step aside, and let some new guys challenge each other for the position.


38 posted on 11/12/2008 8:58:52 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: traviskicks; All

YES...to the CLUB FOR GROWTH....here’s something from them....

September 29, 2008
Key Vote Alert - $700 Billion Bailout
Key Vote Alert

KEY VOTE ALERT
Vote “NO” on Bailout Bill

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the $700 billion “compromise” bailout bill. A vote is expected later this morning. This key vote will be part of our 2008 Congressional Scorecard.

This bill is an unprecedented disaster for taxpayers.

Thanks to House Republicans like Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Mike Pence, and Paul Ryan, this bill has been stripped of the most offensive anti-growth provisions, but it is still a fundamentally bad bill. It increases the federal debt by hundreds of billions of dollars, rewards bad behavior made by failing banks, and creates a moral hazard going forward. The free market is designed to give profits for success and bankruptcies for failure. This bill changes that framework and will create costly and unintended consequences that


39 posted on 11/12/2008 9:03:20 PM PST by goodnesswins (CONSERVATIVES....saving America's A** whether you like it or not!)
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To: counterpunch

Mike Pence is HANDSOME too!


40 posted on 11/12/2008 9:04:26 PM PST by goodnesswins (CONSERVATIVES....saving America's A** whether you like it or not!)
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To: B Knotts

You want to head up a district in Operation: Boehner’s Donors?


41 posted on 11/12/2008 9:06:25 PM PST by counterpunch ( We must not re-fight 2008 in 2012.)
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To: counterpunch

Does anyone else get ashamed sometimes to identify as a Republican? I don’t even identify as that much anymore. I vote Republican for the sole reason that the Democrats are much worse. The party has left me. And they keep poking me in the eye.


42 posted on 11/12/2008 9:07:07 PM PST by DemonDeac
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To: All

Jeb Hensarling


43 posted on 11/12/2008 9:07:20 PM PST by SMCC1
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To: April Lexington
"He looks like an eighty year old Republican."

HUH????? He has grey hair.....whoopdeedooo....so do I...he looks great. Younger people need guidance, not hip hop models....some of the "leaders" of the Dems are bu** ugly....

44 posted on 11/12/2008 9:08:09 PM PST by goodnesswins (CONSERVATIVES....saving America's A** whether you like it or not!)
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To: DemonDeac

Maybe we should rename ourselves....the NEW Republicans...or the REAL Republicans.....or the BLUE DOG Republicans.....would that help?....I know what you mean...I generally say I’m “conservative” although I’m thinking of changing that to “I’m a constitutional conservative” (NOT a member of the “Constitution Party” by the way...


45 posted on 11/12/2008 9:10:18 PM PST by goodnesswins (CONSERVATIVES....saving America's A** whether you like it or not!)
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To: counterpunch

My district is about as RAT as they get. :-(


46 posted on 11/12/2008 9:17:16 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: B Knotts; All

Is Shadegg an option?


47 posted on 11/12/2008 9:43:06 PM PST by fidelio
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To: All

MCCLINTOCK for speaker. I don’t care if it’s his first term.


48 posted on 11/12/2008 10:08:57 PM PST by CaliGangsta
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To: kittymyrib
It should be a common-sense rule that if the party loses, all members of the leadership in charge should automatically resign.

Failure has no cost for the RNC leadership.

49 posted on 11/12/2008 10:15:16 PM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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To: CaliGangsta
MCCLINTOCK for speaker. I don’t care if it’s his first term.

RINOs hate McClintock.

50 posted on 11/12/2008 10:16:20 PM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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