House conservatives claimed their second scalp today, as [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001165′ ] dropped out of the race for Speaker. The sudden announcement took everyone by surprise, and [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] took advantage of the opportunity to arbitrarily shut down the election.
Nobody is really focusing on this point as yet, but that is the real stunner here. Since when, just because one candidate drops out, do we cancel an election.
The conference should have moved to a vote on Chaffetz, Webster, and anyone else who wanted to run.
Now, supposedly, Boehner and his allies have time to plot their next move, and coalesce around a candidate to do the bidding of the GOPe.
We hear rumors that Boehner may stay on. Or that an outsider..Eric Cantor has been mentioned, could be a “caretaker” Speaker. Indeed, in a blatant display of all that is wrong “inside the Beltway”, the 2nd lead story at Roll Call, after McCarthy’s dropping out, is GOP Leadership Vacuum Seen Helping Ex-Im Bank’s Future.
House conservatives have the initiative. Now it’s time to run with it, to “keep the skeer on ’em.” The squishes are getting squashed. So, go for it..
Tell Boehner his arbitrary, dictatorial decision, is the last vestige of the behavior that caused him to lose the support of the House GOP conference.
Toss him out. Move the Motion to Vacate the Chair.
Do not let a lame-duck Boehner choreograph his succession. Put him out to pasture, now.
Updated 10/9: Conservatives weigh vacating speaker chair