NationalReview.com and Breitbart.com are both carrying articles on the recent poll by Pat Caddell and EMC Research where there is strong support among Republican voters for a new House Speaker to be elected January 5 when Congress returns. In the telephone survey, where the question was asked, “If it were up to you, would you elect [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] to continue as Speaker of the House or would you elect someone new?”, the results were 60% someone new, definitely/probably versus 25% [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ], definitely/probably.
I’ve been a Republican for a long time, and given Boehner’s handling of the Republican majority in Congress and his non-response to the lawlessness of the Obama Administration on several fronts over the years, I’m in the definitely camp for a new Speaker. According to the story in Breitbart,
Boehner is seeking re-election from his Republican colleagues as Speaker on Tuesday, the first day of the new Congress. Though there is no declared candidate challenging Boehner at this time, there is an effort underway among House conservatives to rise up and challenge him using the procedure of the election. The playbook they’re using is the same playbook as the effort that failed at the beginning of the 113th Congress, one where a candidate to challenge Boehner is not needed to beat him. Essentially, Congress can’t start business for 2015 until a Speaker is elected. If enough members present and voting for a person—abstaining doesn’t work—vote for someone other than Boehner or [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] (who will once again be the Democrats’ candidate), then Boehner will not become the Speaker.
That kicks the election to a second ballot, a third, and so on. That means by voting for someone other than Boehner, and not abstaining, members can prevent Boehner from attaining the Speakership—and they do not risk tossing the Speakership to Pelosi by accident.
The thinking among conservatives goes that as long as they hold the line, at some point—on a second ballot, or a third or a fourth—either a viable candidate to challenge Boehner emerges, or Boehner makes serious concessions of the power he has accumulated over the years in the Speaker’s office.
Concessions, my derriere. The voting populace, as well as those who chose to stay home, sent a message to Washington this past November, that it’s time to change course and not business as usual. Obama gave us his Cuba decision before he left on vacation, continues to release more prisoners from Gitmo, and don’t be surprised if the US opens an embassy in Teheran before the end of 2015.
We need a strong Speaker who will
- defend the Constitution and separation of powers;
- begin the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, one of the largest ponzi schemes on the American taxpayer, as more people continue to be cancelled from their insurance than sign-up;
- limit the regulatory burden on existing and new businesses, as well as lowering the corporate income tax, which could bring billions of dollars back to America for investment at home
- rewrite the American tax code for individuals and corporations
- pass an immigration bill that secures the border first, and doesn’t reward illegal migration with drivers’ licenses and other welfare benefits at we, the taxpayers’ expense;
Boehner has shown he’s not up to the job, but would rather Cromnibus his way through 2015 and beyond. Time to permanently retire him to his tanning bed and onward for #SpeakerGowdy.
P.S. Yes, John Boeher appointed Gowdy as chairman of the House Special Committee on Benghazi, and Gowdy, thus far, has indicated officially he’s not interested in the position. But hey, this is politics!