Skip to comments.Fight begins for control of House GOP
Posted on 11/13/2012 11:44:17 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON - The battle to shape the Republican Party's direction after its electoral losses will see its first skirmish in the Capitol on Wednesday in a House leadership fight in which the profile might be low but the symbolism is high.
The House's Republican leaders would dearly like to elevate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the House Republican Conference, putting a female face into the pantheon of the white male Republican leaders.
But standing in their way is Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, one of the most conservative members of the House who has lined up some big guns in his quest for the fourth-ranking post in the conference.
The most important of those guns, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the defeated Republican vice-presidential nominee, showed no sign of retreat Tuesday in a letter sent to colleagues endorsing Price.
Speaker John Boehner, trying to clear the path for McMorris Rodgers and head off a divisive fight, offered Price the post of chairman of the House Republican leadership. But Price declined.
Instead, he set out to line up the House's most ardent conservatives behind him. In a letter also released Tuesday, the outgoing Republican conference chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and the governor-elect of Indiana, Rep. Mike Pence, also threw their support behind Price.
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They’re screwing around for positions 3 and 4??? For God’s Sake, replace Boehner!!!
The first step in trying to stop Obobo is getting rid of Boehner.
The conservatives are a minority in the House GOP and they know it
I agree with you. Boehner needs to go. I think he’s probably the worst Speaker of the House, we’ve ever had. Nazi Pelosi was a dingbat, but, she sure had a spine of steel.
Boehner is the one that needs replacing!
This is a show of force - a challenge.
Conservative members have a more solid footing. They're flexing their muscles.
Members on the fence, watching this play out, need to hear from their constituents.
I have no problem putting women in leadership.
I have a problem putting liberal establishment weasels in leadership.
We need substance over symbolism.
Without TARP we risked spending a trillion or two to backstop depositors at the large banks via FDIC. With TARP we elected Obama and got trillions of spending on federal hole digging projects.
A showdown vote with an Angry House Leader does have one upside IMO. If we lose, which I believe is likely, it will further hasten the demise of the R party who will be blamed by the media for trying to crash the economy over the election results. Then we could see challenges on the right to take the place of the R's that lose. It would take a couple of cycles though with D dominance in the mean time.
How about neither Boehner nor an ‘Angry House Leader’, but simply a conservative leader instead?
Sure, my AHL is kind of a red herring. But many people were putting up a litmus test that included public statements against anything Obama wants. There’s a big difference between public statements meant for the media and private resolve to keep House votes in our favor.
Sorry but the market crash had nothing to do with TARP being opposed. It had everything to do with TARP being passed. TARP passed on October1, 2008. The big market plunge occurred between October 2 and 18, after Bush, Paulson and Bernanke had spent four weeks telling people that the US was facing doom. The panic was intentional and you can be sure that a number of select insiders made fortunes short-selling during the panic.
Indeed. Isn’t this the very same job the GOP boys kept Michele Bachmann out of four years ago?
Can you give me an example?
Get boehner the hell out of any position of authority.
Man’s has no balls, no moxie, no spine.
Makes no difference anyway cause a new Conservative party is in the works and I’ll be damned if I stick with the GOP for another dole, mclame or mitt rino
And it all goes back to how they backstabbed and then abandoned Sarah Palin.
Maybe I wasn’t clear, but without TARP we would have had a quick drop necessitating an FDIC bailout. The drop would have been an huge opportunity for smaller healthy banks which would have led a quick recovery. The market drop after the first TARP vote was Wall St theatre, but it got enough RINO votes to get it passed.
When Boehner asks Obama to lead and waits for specific legislation it buys time to get his troops lined up and get closer to the cliff. The way to get the best deal from the D-senate is to have them get calls from their patrons concerned about the cliff. The worst deal is if Obama and the Senate come up with something and ramrod it through the House using a TARP-like financial crisis strategy.
Thanks. I’m not sure I’m entirely clear on what you’re saying, however. If Obama were to get pushed to ‘lead’ on this, wouldn’t that come in the form of his cooking up something with the Senate Dems?
I’ll admit, I’m a bit jaded on this, as I’m only used to the GOP totally caving under media pressure with any sort of deadline like this, and then of course there was Boehner secretly trying to give the store away to Obama while he was pretending to hold the line both publicly and with the Congressmen he was supposedly leading.
Yep, yep, and yep.
Congress is nothing more than “smoke and mirrors.” No matter what they say, it is only a partial truth...or an outright lie.
Look at the benefits they give themselves whether they are in office for 1 minute or a lifetime while screwing the taxpayer and desecrating the Constitution.
I have absolutely no faith in anything a politician does or says until they pass term limits. Until that time we will continue to creep into the cesspool of socialism and communism.
how about a vote for BONER’s job? so he can have free time to smoke and tan more.
Yes, Obama will cook something up. But the specific legislation will take time and can get specifically voted down whereas words can get agreed to or disagreed to and are cheap. I’m not that familiar with Bohener’s history and I’m mainly looking at it from where we are at today. I would let them talk nice in public as long as we can hold the line in an actual vote. My biggest fear is a media juggernaut behind some really bad legislation (e.g. hundreds of billions in new spending plus taxes, plus some hidden giveaways like the foreign bank bailouts in TARP).
This election is by next year’s members, and there are more conservatives than before.
Both of these candidates are 90+ ACU rated conservatives.
Boehner IMO must be seriously compromised. Here’s one account of the debt ceiling charade in 2011:
Tom Price is from GA and I can tell you he’s great.
I wrote my Congressman. Picking up the phone now.
The 2008 TARP debate opened my eyes, passing it was wrong. The adjustment was needed and we could have been 4 years into a true recovery.
It’s good that you learned that. A lot of Americans dimly realize that the bailout was wrong in some way, but not many realize how similar it is to Japan’s zombie banks of the 1990’s which they plastered over with low rates and never recovered from.
John Boehner is not going anywhere.