Skip to comments.Huelskamp: Cantorís Defeat Weakens Boehner (Blood int he water)
Posted on 06/10/2014 9:39:28 PM PDT by Viennacon
As conservatives begin to wrap their heads around the shocking primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, at least one member of the coup to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner doesnt think an open spot in leadership will strengthen Boehners hand come the 114th Congress.
Just minutes after Cantors defeat was official on Tuesday night, Rep. Tim Huelskamp told CQ Roll Call that Cantors ouster bodes well for an entire new leadership team.
The Kansas Republican, who hasnt been quiet about his qualms with leadership, said its too early to tell exactly how this affects leadership races, but, again, I think its a team approach, and this reflects on John Boehner, this reflects on [Majority Whip] Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy is next in succession for the majority leader spot, but many in the Capitol see his power largely tied to Cantors.
By tomorrow, itll be McCarthy running for majority leader, Huelskamp said. Hes Mr. Ambition. But at the end of the day, I dont think he gets to be majority leader by Eric Cantor getting beat.
Asked if he thought conservatives would be placated by a scenario like that, Huelskamp was unequivocal.
Absolutely not, he said. I think most members of the House know the final power rests in the speakers office.
I think it weakens the speaker; it doesnt help him, he added.
Earlier in the day, Huelskamp had predicted that Boehner wouldnt run to be speaker in the 114th Congress, along with Reps. Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho, and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.
How this affects their predictions in unclear. But for Huelskamp, he think it strengthens the chances of Boehner retiring.
Huelskamp insisted Cantors loss was a reflection of the entire team.
Eric Cantor is gone because the tea party is not dead, Huelskamp said.
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Andrew McCarthy! Another liberal Republican, gang of three “young bloods. “ Drain the friggin swamps!
i have made the same comment on several other threads.
cantor’s defeat makes ‘amnesty’ almost certainly dead as far as legislation in the House goes and the likelihood that crybaby boehner will get another term as speaker is all but flushed down the ‘john’ (bad pun,i know )
I think since Senator Cruz has been over to the House several times to help them shore up their conservative firewalls, he should be speaker of the house. I think that is a brilliant power play. We’ll strike from the outside. ( I really am pleased with my idea).
“entire new leadership team”
If the GOP gives the country a choice—and not just a weak Boehner echo—they may not just win, but win big.
One word! GOWDY!
I reiterate my standing vote for either Trey Gowdy or Louie Gohmert for speaker of the House.
My vote is for Sarah Palin as the new Speaker of the House.
Those are both excellent gentleman, great speakers and brave, but can they get mano o mano within the house, the senate or with the administration? We need someone who has taken arrows and keeps jumping back in the fray.
McCarthy thinks he will get the job.
The entire current GOP leadership is finished.
None will survive, including McCarthy.
Its time to clean out blue state GOPers from leadership roles for the large part, because with few exceptions, they end up having to moderate because of their state’s political views. How about a Texan?
You got that right. All our leaders and chairmen come from Obama
states. That MUST change!
Agreed! Gowdy was my first choice as well, even before tonight’s delicious news! Gowdy is a pit bull, and (at least to date) is no RINO!
We need to clone him! We also need to get Allen West back into Congress.
keep an eye on jeb hensarling. support for him as speaker is quietly gaining momentum.
Cantor’s loss is a blow to democrats.
I know. Nobody is buying the Pelosi ramblings that this means ‘a whole new ballgame’ Whatever ballgame, she remains minority leader.
I confess I’m confused by your suggestion at Cruz becoming Speaker of the House since he is a senator, and not a representative. I’d love it too, but as I understand it, he’d have to resign as senator and run for office as a representative in order to qualify as House Speaker. Did I misunderstand your suggestion?
I wish I could agree with you, but to GOP leadership this is more important than the existence of the party. 90% they get it done by the end of September.
Cantor is still in Congress until January (assuming they don’t somehow change that), he’s got 7 months go jihad on conservatives, and he will.
Considering even the most conservative Senators, drift strongly to the left over time, it might be risky.
Cast him out! Throw Boehner Out!! We need some strong people in place to tap the brakes on this out of control president.
I like Gowdy too, but we should not pin too many of our hopes on the fate of one man or woman. The media lap dogs have shown how easily they can pollute the minds of the low-info voters.
decorum would dictate that he resign as majority leader. lets see if he does and how soon.
You got to be kidding me. Do those types ever play by the rules they enforce. (And if he does cede, I bet they make a point by shifting it to someone worse.)
cantor’s story is sadly typical for a lot of them. go into DC as a principled guy, get infected with the beltway power syndrome and end up looking totally different than he did going in.
If they do every one of them that vote for it from a red state will get booted out.
I doubt it. Graham didn’t. McConnell didn’t.
Gowdy supports “reform.”
“Gowdy supports ‘reform’.”
Exactly. I would not support Gowdy for a leadership role unless he publicly stated he was wrong to voice support for a limited amnesty and would pledge to strictly enforce current immigration laws.
I always thought, you do NOT have to be an elected representative to be the the speaker of the house. We could nominated Mark Levin, for instance. I may be going on false assumptions, I was too excited to do verify my facts.
We need a fighter and a tireless champion motivating those lame brain and weak-kneed representatives, who did rally to his call during the sequester. He is the one who have them inspiration to hold the line.
So let’s deal with this, immediately, and stem this problem, and worry about if he turns left in two years time.
We need out of the box solutions. This travesty of congress has been too entrenched.
Hmmmm..... I’m not an expert. But now that you mention it, I think you are correct. I think that the congress DOES have the latitude to nominate and vote in almost anyone they decide would do the job.