Skip to comments.Old Wooden Head Remains Speaker
Posted on 01/04/2013 10:28:24 PM PST by morethanright
By Mr. Curmudgeon:
House Republicans brightened President Obama's upcoming inaugural celebrations by re-electing John Boehner Speaker of the House. Of course, Boehner is nothing more than a ventriloquist's dummy, with President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi taking turns working his empty wooden head. The Republican Party is doomed - if not the nation.
220 GOP House members thought it a good idea to keep in place the compromising puppet - through whose lips the president speaks. Only 10 Republicans believed the Party of Lincoln deserved better.
Five more measly votes and Boehner would be a bad memory. What does this say about the so-called "conservatives" from the so-called "party of small government"? When it came time to speak, they became as lifeless as the marionette they re-elected. This does not bode well for what we've come to know as the conservative movement.
Economist and conservative columnist Thomas Sowell, like me, is not optimistic. "Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama's argument for taxing 'millionaires and billionaires' is wrong?
"It is not a complicated argument. Moreover, it is an argument that has been articulated many times in plain English by conservative talk-show hosts and by others in print ... What we all should be worried about are high tax rates driving American investments overseas, when there are millions of Americans who could use the jobs that those investments would create at home."
What Dr. Sowell fails to realize is that it is impossible for a soulless creature to articulate ideas he does not hold in his wooden head or who lacks the capacity to house principles in a hollow chest without a heart.
The conservative movement - that flourished after Republicans nominated "Mr. Conservative" Barry Goldwater for president - saw its high-water mark with the election of Ronald Reagan, but has been on the decline ever since. When House conservatives had to choose who would lead the GOP opposition to the radical transformation of America under Barack Obama, they chose Boehner. His re-election as House Speaker signals the ignominious end of the modern conservative movement.
This means the only political opposition to Washington's "business as usual" is the Tea Party and Libertarian movements - both of which are labeled "extreme" by the supporters of America's one-party state.
But, as Barry Goldwater once said, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
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No one wants his job, not even those few who symbolically voted against him.
No one would run for that job, He is the goat, he gets blamed by everyone all sides.
Too easy to sit on sidelines and whine and symbolically vote ‘yes’ for stuff that never makes law and ‘no’ on all stuff that does, no responsibility there.
No heroes there!
Thumb is in the wrong place
Ya’but if he’d’ve gotten 23 fewer votes, Pelosi would’ve been speaker. She had 198 votes.
Another case of “hold yer’ nose and vote” from the RINO party.
Another case of hold yer nose and vote from the RINO party.
I guess you would eat dog poop sandwiches if everyone told you that they tasted good and were good for you.
In this real world you sometimes have to lose battles to win the war.
He is probably a decent man, but a eunoch.
Fact is the Republican political party is dead , and we need a new party.
Never heard him referred to as “Old WoodenHead”
Around here, we just call him “Annoying Orange”
Well that would have made sure that Bohner was never Speaker again, but my point was not about more House Rs making silly symbolic votes for West, Palin, or Mickey-Mouse when they know Bohner will get it. That’s about as real as all those symbolic repeals of O-care (more on the way.)
My point was that not one of those folks who opposed plan B, this Tax Relief Bill, or even symbolically voted against Bohner had the guts to stand up and run against Bohner themselves, Where was Lou Gohmert TX? Where are the others? Afraid to take a risk?
No, its too easy and safe to sit on the sidelines and vote ‘no’ on bills that pass and ‘yes’ on bills that never make it into law, and complain on FNC like that’s doing something.
Actually this is not true at all.
The Speaker to be elected needs more than half the House members votes (>50% =217 ??) by House rules, not the greatest % of votes. So Pelosi couldn't get it unless many Rs voted for her which wouldn't happen. So that is not why they did it.
If he'd had gotten 23 fewer votes then there is no Speaker and they would have to try again. That was posted here.
That is why the whole symbolic protest vote was so stupid.
On Thursday FNC babe Megyn Kelly reported on it and pointed out that it was much to do about nothing, no one would run against him, and he would be elected Speaker again anyway on one of the following votes, because no one else wanted that job to be Speaker, she had the funniest 'Oh brother' look on her face.