Next week conservatives in the House of Representatives can depose [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] by “vacating the chair.” It is there for the taking, and Boehner has given them every reason to get rid of him. But they have to be willing.
Unlike the vote in January to elect a Speaker, this vote is not automatic. Someone must offer the motion on the floor of the House. And it should be a leader from the House Freedom Caucus. The 25 conservatives who voted against Boehner two months are not going to be enough.
Mick Mulvaney is one such conservative who needs to rise to the occasion. He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and frankly shares much of the blame for Boehner winning re-election in January.
“I’ve learned some valuable lessons about how to do things wrong,” says two-term [mc_name name=’Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001182′ ] of South Carolina, who had chastised fellow conservatives in January for their last-minute, ill-fated coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner.
“I have decided,” Mulvaney says, “that maybe it’s better to work within structure and organization, as opposed to going on TV by myself and setting my hair on fire.”
Mulvaney is referring to conservative colleagues like [mc_name name=’Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000552′ ] and [mc_name name=’Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001283′ ] who went public with their opposition to Boehner in January in order to put pressure on their colleagues who were hiding. Of course members like Mulvaney did not like that pressure, but it was needed and effective. And that pressure would have been successful if Mulvaney and other members of the House Freedom Caucus had joined the rebellion. But they didn’t and now we have amnesty.
Mick Mulvaney has a chance to fix the mess that he helped create by offering a motion to vacate [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] from the Speaker’s chair. If he offers it, it will pass. It’s time for all of us to call his office today and convince him that he must. Call his office at (202) 225-5501, tweet him @RepMickMulvaney, and leave messages on his Facebook page today. Tell Mick to step up. #VACATE