Is There A Universe Where The GOP “Leaders” Aren’t Morons? I Want To Live In That One

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Once upon a time I naively thought that electing a Republican congress would put the brakes on Obama’s lawless destruction of our once-great nation.

Silly me.

Why did these bozos just vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General? Do they want more gun control? Do they like seeing unlimited late-term abortions? Do they enjoy it when “law enforcement” seizes private property without due process?

I suppose that they do. Which makes Mitch McConnell no better than Dingy Harry.

Need more proof of that?

OK, Ole Mitch is gonna bail out ObamaCare’s subsidies if SCOTUS strikes them down. Because we elected his team so ObamaCare could live another day, didn’t we?

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Yeah, well, there’s an election to be won. Or something. Ergo, pandering trumps statesmanship.

Un-freaking-believable.

But wait, there’s more treachery.

Cryin’ John Boehner says he is “open” to eliminating spending and borrowing caps, and thus effectively handing Obama a blank check for the last 2 years of his term. Because our taxes aren’t already too high, and we clearly haven’t borrowed enough money yet.

Oh, but the government might shut down again and The New York Times will be mad about that. Boo freakin’ hoo, right? Wrong. Cryin’ John is scared to death that liberals might be mad at him.

Putz.

Can we please find some Republicans with balls? Is that really too much to ask?

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Breaking: GOP Reins In President’s Spending, Repeals ObamaCare In Budget

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Hat/Tip to Tom Howell Jr. at The Washington Times.

Did the GOP find their backbone???!!! I mean we KNOW it won’t get signed, but wow!

House Republicans unveiled a budget Tuesday that balances in less than 10 years by cutting $5.5 trillion, repealing ObamaCare and relying on Americans to rev the economic engine in place of taxes.

The blueprint from House Budget Chairman Tom Price, Georgia Republican, cues up a tense fight over the parties’ priorities for the middle class and yet another battle over President Obama’s health law, his signature achievement, by restoring $700 billion in cuts to Medicare and turning Medicaid into a block-grant program to empower the states.

It also changes Medicare into a voucher-type system of “premium support” for seniors entering the rolls in 2024 or later, and beefs up defense spending above and beyond the White House’s proposal, which Mr. Price decried as “more taxes, more spending, more borrowing, more debt, more stagnant growth.”

“Unless we have economic security we cannot have national security,” he said, surrounded by fellow Republicans and holding up a copy of his “Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.”

The plan also would simplify the tax code and prevent Americans from “double dipping” into both the disability insurance and employment insurance funds, he said.

Party leaders said it’s a responsible plan that scales down Washington’s role while securing key programs for future generations.

“For 53 of the last 60 years, the federal government has spent more than it has taken in — 53 of the last 60 years. It’s unacceptable,” said Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

Of course, the Dems badmouthed the plan…

“It does nothing to boost the paychecks of working Americans and makes it harder to buy a home,” the Budget Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, said. “Students will see deep education cuts and college will be less affordable. And this budget takes away the tools that allow people to climb the ladder of opportunity.”

Congressional budgets are merely blueprints without the force of law, but they offer a comprehensive outline of each party’s agenda.

While the GOP proposal echoes ones that Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has offered in recent years, the new Republican majority in the Senate has changed the dynamic in Congress.

Mr. Price said the GOP will rely on twin majorities to prepare instructions for “reconciliation,” an arcane move that could allow the party to approve big changes on a majority vote in the Senate without worrying about a Democratic filibuster.

So, is the era of big government over, again?

Let’s hope so.

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Why John Boehner’s Surrender On DHS Funding Is The Beginning Of The End Of His Speakership

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.

 

It’s high time for Johnny to go!

As largely expected, House Speaker John Boehner has surrendered on trying to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty through DHS. The Hill reports that Speaker Boehner is planning a vote today to pass a “clean” DHS bill that keeps President Obama’s executive amnesty intact.

Much like the bill to temporarily fund DHS, Speaker Boehner will likely be forced to rely on Democrat votes to pass a clean bill. Boehner’s allies will also likely use House Rule 22, which would make a “clean” DHS bill a “privileged resolution” and which allow it to bypass normal House procedure and come directly to the floor. Either way would require a coalition of centrist Republicans and Democrats to approve it.

Now rumors are starting to fly that conservatives may try to launch a coup against Speaker Boehner in response to this vote. After all, when Boehner was pushing passage of the “CRominbus” bill at the end of the year, he promised conservatives that he would fight against Obama’s executive amnesty with the new Congress. Now, we saw the results of that fight and conservatives are moving to the point where they have had enough of Speaker Boehner.

Now, do I think that Speaker Boehner will be deposed in the short term? No and there are many reasons why it won’t happen. First of all, there is no credible alternative to Speaker Boehner at this time. The chariman of the new House Freedom Caucus, which is a grouping of very conservative and libertarian Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hasruled out a challenge to Speaker Boehner over a clean DHS bill.

If a challenge is launched, it will be launched by another very conservative member of the GOP caucus. The most likely result is a replay of what happened in January, which is a conservative alternative or two to Boehner makes a move, but garners very little support from within the GOP caucus.

While I do expect Speaker Boehner to survive in the short term, I don’t anticipate him to last past this term. I was at CPAC this past week and to say that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are not popular among conservative activists is probably the understatement of the century. Both men are unpopular among conservatives. Neither man addressed CPAC because they were afraid of the reaction from the crowd.

In the next Congress, I expect one of three things to happen: Democrats take control, Boehner decides not to run again and calls it a career, or Boehner is defeated by a credible opponent with a plan to oust him that isn’t thrown together at the last minute. Boehner at this point has burned too many conservatives with his promises to “fight another day” and once that other day arrives, it turns into a massive surrender and defeat. As Scott calls the Republican leadership, Charlie Brown Republicans, because they consistently lose political battles with Democrats.

Either way, Boehner’s days as speaker are likely numbered. He has simply burned too many bridges with conservatives at this point and eventually, that will pressure his caucus.

If Boehner wants to survive, he needs to engage conservatives both in his caucus and conservative activists. At this point, conservatives see him as the enemy at worst and inept at best. That’s not healthy for the Republican Party and the conservative movement in the long run.

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Breaking News: Boehner To Cave, Expected To Allow Vote On Clean DHS Bill

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Hat/Tip to Drudge Report and CNN.

Well, we’ve been expecting Boehner’s spine to turn to jelly, and frankly it’s surprising that it’s lasted this long.

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon — as early as Wednesday — to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions.

A clean bill to fully fund the Department through the end of the fiscal year is what Democrats have been demanding, and conservatives have been fighting against.

The plan is for a Republican member to bring up the Senate bill as a “privileged resolution,” which would mean it would get relatively quick vote on the House floor. Sources say leaders are still working out the timing, and who would offer the resolution to begin the process.

Although under House rules a Democrat could try to force this vote, these sources say it will be a House Republican who will move to proceed with the vote on the funding bill.

Conservatives have been demanding a conference committee with the House and Senate to work out the differences on the DHS spending bill. But on Monday, as expected, Senate Democrats voted to block any effort to set up a conference committee.

And of course, Boehner has no comment at this time…

Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel declined to address the next steps.

“We are disappointed that Senate Democrats have once again rejected regular order,” he said. “Now, we will talk with House Republican members about the way forward.”

The House GOP conference will meet on Tuesday morning. Boehner’s allies are expected to push rank-and-file members to vote for the clean DHS bill, making the argument that they support fighting back against President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but it’s time to move on from waging the battle on a critical spending bill that funds domestic security.

This is so typical of the GOP leadership in DC. They are so afraid of any aspect of the government “shutting down” and soooo afraid of being seen as “the party of No.”

  • What these Bozos don’t understand is that the vast majority of Americans WANT them to be the party of NO!!!
  • We WANT them to use a government shut down AGAINST Obama and the Democrats.
  • But they are nothing but LILY-LIVERED COWARDS.

Ugh, I need to go have a shower after just reading about Boehner making a deal FOR Obama.

*shudder*

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Grand Old Cavemen

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“I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily. I assumed he’d do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny.” Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig

“This is a total victory for the Obama position,” said a GOP senator unhappy with McConnell’s plan

“Counterfeiters use the reputation of a trademark, which brand manufacturers have built up on the basis of the quality of their products, to fool consumers about the true origin and quality of the goods.” — Wikipedia

Last November, Americans voted out the turkeys. The noxious policies of Obama and theSocialists Democrats were given the old heave-ho, like holiday giblets gone gamy. The Grand Old Party was handed both houses of Congress in the kind of landslide victory seen about as often as Halley’s Comet.  Rejoicing was heard throughout the land — at least, that part of the land which still subscribed to old fashioned notions like the rule of law. Little did we realize that we’d voted in counterfeits, cheap knock-offs that looked good in the display case, but fell apart once they got in the rain.

caveman1Two months in, and the GOP has retreated more often than the Royal Italian Army.  If these are the mutts we’re looking to for salvation, it’s time to head for the shelters.  Republicans under the direction of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner have surrendered to the Democrats on every issue, from immigration to net neutrality.  They’ve rubber-stamped Obama’s new attorney-general nominee, Eric Holder Light.  If we don’t need a new army, we sure as hell need some new generals to run the old one.

After going to the Senate floor and slamming Obama’s executive amnesty in November, McConnell hoisted the white flag of surrender … Obama attacked the time-honored American tradition of separation of powers with his executive amnesty and for that reason alone, House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should’ve gone to the mat and done everything necessary in their power to overturn it. However, the GOP leadership and “establishment” don’t really want to change how Washington works. There’s something wrong with a party that can be frightened with just a dirty look into not shutting what is one of the most useless departments of the Federal government and at the same time, claims to be for Constitutional and limited government. This is why the American people and conservatives are angry at them and don’t trust them.(After The Latest Mitch McConnell Surrender, Why Should Conservatives Even Bother Supporting Republicans)

People love to hear themselves talk, particularly if they have nothing to say. In fact, the less they have to say, the more often they tend to say it. This is true of most people, but most especially those incorrigible swindlers that a negligent electorate unaccountably installs into the seats of power.  Anyone announcing a desire to run for office should be immediately disqualified from doing so.  The 114th United States Congress proves the point.

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As Expected, Ideologue Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline: Goodbye Jobs, Cheaper Energy

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Well, as expected our King President has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, because he knows what’s better for America and Americans than we mere peasants do.

“Through this bill the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” Obama said in his veto statement.

“The presidential power to veto is one I take seriously … and because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety and environment — it has earned my veto.”

Let me translate:

pipeline jobs 002“You don’t really want that silly pipeline because it will carry icky crude oil in it and you’re much better off buying your expensive gasoline and oil from my friends, the Muslims….er, I mean OPEC.”

House Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized Obama’s veto, calling it a “national embarrassment.”

“The president is just too close to environmental extremists to stand pipeline jobs 001up for America’s workers. He’s too invested in left-fringe politics to do what presidents are called on to do, and that’s put the national interest first,” Boehner said.

Mitch McConnell’s spokesperson tweeted that the veto override would “happen as soon as March the 3rd.”

McConnell further said in a statement, “Even though the president has yielded to powerful special interests, this veto doesn’t end the debate. Americans should know that the new Congress won’t stop pursuing good ideas, including this one.”

So it’s painfully obvious that this president has no interest in putting his name on anything to do with the fossil fuel industry, just as he has no interest in helping hard working Americans find jobs.

Thanks a LOT Mr. President.

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Boehner Calls Out Cruz, Sessions on Immigration

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Hat/Tip to Daniel Newhauser at The National Journal.

Is Boehner really getting tough on immigration, or is he just competing in a “tit-for-tat” contest with the Conservative wing of the Senate?

Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are hoping to kill two birds with one stone.

Before the Senate voted Tuesday against proceeding on a House-passed Homeland Security Department funding bill, Boehner called on Senate conservative firebrands to help pass the measure, loaded with provisions blocking President Obama’s immigration policy. At the same time, he and his lieutenants took aim at vulnerable Senate Democrats, daring them to vote “no.”

“It’s time for Senator Cruz and Senator Sessions, and Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats to stand together with the American people and block the president’s actions,” Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning.

Boehner’s pleas appear to have fallen on deaf Democratic ears: Only 51 senators — all Republicans — voted to invoke cloture Tuesday on the House bill, well short of the needed 60 votes.

The peculiarity of Boehner name-checking Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions cannot be overlooked. Both have railed against Boehner and his team, particularly on immigration issues, calling on them to bring more conservative bills to the floor. Sessions helped scuttle a border-security bill Boehner hoped to bring to the House floor last week, holding that it did not do enough to secure the border or deal with interior enforcement. Cruz, meanwhile, was instrumental in pushing House Republicans to shut down the government in 2013 over demands that any funding legislation block implementation of Obama’s health care law.

Does this help or hurt the GOP in the long run? I mean, don’t get me wrong, its great to see the Speaker of the House finally get tough on immigration, or at least to appear to do so. But what good does it do to call out the Republicans in the Senate when they still fall short of the 60 votes needed to avoid the filibuster?

But now the tables have been turned. Boehner’s subtle jab at the two senators betrays an increasing frustration among House Republicans with GOP senators pushing the House to pass legislation they do not have the votes to pass in the Senate. As Tuesday’s vote demonstrated the Senate could not pass the House version of the DHS bill, expect House Republicans to blame Senate Republicans, now in the majority, as much as their Democratic counterparts.

“The fight is now in the Senate. It will be won or lost there,” said a source familiar with Boehner’s thinking, before Tuesday’s vote. “Senators like Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions need to show the American people how we succeed in the Senate. What’s their plan to get ‘yes’ votes from senators like [Claire] McCaskill and [Joe] Donnelly, who’ve expressed concerns, and ultimately what’s their plan to get this passed in the Senate?”

Boehner trained his ire on McCaskill and Donnelly, too, specifically calling them out for issuing statements blasting Obama’s executive action granting legal work status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

“There was a whole host of Democrats who issued press releases criticising the president’s executive overreach,” he told reporters. “Was it all talk?”

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GOP In Full Retreat? Boehner And McConnell Raise The White Flag On Obama’s Executive Amnesty

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Hat/Tip to S.A. Miller at The Washington Times.

What was it Speaker Boehner said about Obama’s Illegal Actions on Executive Amnesty, again?

Oh, yeah:

“The House will soon take action aimed at stopping the president’s unilateral action when it comes to immigration,” Boehner said at his press briefing today. “Republicans are in agreement that this is a gravely serious matter.”

“The president’s unilateral actions were an affront to the rule of law and our system of government,” Boehner said. “The American people don’t support it and as their representatives we cannot let it stand.”

“I said we’d fight it tooth and nail when we had two majorities in the House and Senate and I meant it,” Boehner said. “What is at risk is the rule of law and the sanctity of America’s Constitution. The president has taken action that is beyond the scope of his ability and the Congress cannot just sit here and look the other way. We have to take action.”

“I said we’d fight it tooth and nail when we had two majorities in the House and Senate and I meant it,” Boehner said.

That was John Boehner on January 8th of this year.

Now he is singing a much different tune.

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Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender.

For the Republican base, Mr. Obama’s unilateral move to grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants was an unlawful power grab that created a constitutional crisis.

But don’t worry, the GOP is able to manage the uncanny ability to keep shooting itself in the foot…

They promised a showdown over immigration before temporary funding for Homeland Security expires Feb. 27. But faced with a spate of terrorism in Europe and cyberattacks by North Korea, the Republican leaders also promised not to shut down Homeland Security and jeopardize the safety of Americans.

Meanwhile, Mr. McConnell and his team expressed doubts about getting the 60 votes in the Senate needed to approve the House-passed spending bill for Homeland Security that included policy riders blocking Mr. Obama’s immigration moves.

Republicans have a 54-member majority in the Senate, forcing them to secure support from at least six Democrats to clear the 60-vote bar for advancing most legislation in the chamber.

The pessimism extended to the House chamber.

“We can only do what we can do,” said Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, though he vowed that Republicans would keep trying. “The fact is, we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate.”

With Republicans bracing for defeat, Democrats intensified their calls for a “clean” spending bill for Homeland Security.

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Obama And His Senior Advisers Furious About Netanyahu’s Upcoming Visit: “There Will Be A Price!”

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Hat/Tip to Fox News.

Looks like John Boehner finally grew a pair and took action to directly challenge President Obama, albeit in a round-about manner. Speaker of the House, John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of Congress. And he did so without consulting with the White House. It seemed to be in response to Obama’s State of the Union speech, in which he warned Congress against new sanctions on Iran to halt their development of nuclear weapons. Boehner has asked Netanyahu to talk about the threats posed by Iran and ISIS.

In public, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely describes this as a “departure” from protocol. He also says the president will not meet with Netanyahu when he visits in early March, but has attributed that decision only to a desire not to influence Israel’s upcoming elections.

However, behind the scenes it’s a different story. The petulant President and his childish staff prove once again how little respect they have for Israel.

But in private, Obama’s team is livid with the Israeli leader, according to Haaretz.

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” a source identified as a senior American official was quoted as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do.

“He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”

The anonymous quote was a throwback to when, last year, Atlantic magazine quoted another unnamed senior administration official calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”

Already King President Obama has begun his temper tantrum by taking his toys and going golfing refusing to meet with Netanyahu.

As for the decision for Obama not to meet with his Israeli counterpart, he (White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest) stood by the earlier explanation.

“This administration goes to great lengths to ensure that we don’t give even the appearance of interfering or attempting to influence the outcome” of democratic elections abroad, he said.

Even before all this transpired, Obama has been warning Netanyahu to stop urging Congress to pass more and tougher sanctions.

Meanwhile, Haaretz also reported that Obama had directly warned Netanyahu to stop urging U.S. lawmakers to back legislation teeing up new sanctions against Iran.

Obama has threatened to veto such a bill, saying it could derail delicate talks over Iran’s nuclear program – and Netanyahu’s visit to Washington could give him an opportunity to further encourage sanctions legislation.

Haaretz reported that Israel’s ambassador already has been urging members of Congress to support the measures. The newspaper reported that Obama told Netanyahu to stop during a Jan. 12 phone call.

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Boehner: House Will Fund Homeland Security, Block Obama On Executive Amnesty

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Speaker of the House, John Boehner, (R-OH)

Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

While this is early and nothing more than a public statement (words, not actions), embattled Speaker of the House John Boehner is starting to sound like he may have taken the challenge from the right to his Speakership a bit more serious than previously thought.

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security this week while blocking President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday.

The $39.7 billion spending bill was expected to pass by Wednesday, when House Republicans leave Washington for a two-day policy retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Now whether the President will sign it, or if it will even survive the Senate is another question.

But its fate in the Senate was uncertain, and it may draw a White House veto.

Republican lawmakers leaving a closed-door strategy meeting on Tuesday said the House would seek to pass amendments to the core funding bill to deny money to implement Obama’s November executive order lifting the threat of deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants. Republicans claim the order is illegal.

Boehner, however, declined to say whether he would bring a “clean” DHS funding bill to the floor if the newly Republican-controlled Senate fails to pass the House measure or if Obama vetoes it over immigration-related provisions.

At least it looks as if the GOP led House is going to offer challenges to Obama’s agenda.

Republicans also plan an amendment aimed at reversing Obama’s 2012 initiative deferring action against immigrants brought into the United States illegally as children. If passed, it could put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation.

But let’s wait until they prove themselves, I mean we’ve heard all the lip service before about how the lawmakers plan to fight Obama tooth and nail on something, only to hear Congress whine about how “it’s the law of the land, now.”

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Stand Up Comedy, Complete Denial, Or Just Your Normal, Average Lying Politician?

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

  • He’s not “establishment”
    • Even though he’s punishing all GOP House members who voted against him, or who don’t tow the party line
  • He’s a Conservative
    • Even though he pushed the Cromnibus through and has done NOTHING to defund ObamaCare
  • He’s not spineless
    • Even though he won’t stand up to Obama and is afraid to shut down the government to defund ObamaCare

So there you have it, he’s a tough-as-nails Conservative who isn’t afraid of Obama and the Democrats, pays no attention to public opinion polls and isn’t afraid to shut down the government.

Wait, what?

Okay, story time is over here at CH 2.0.

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Boehner Begins to Move Against Re-election Opponents

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Hat/Tip to Elliot Jager at Newsmax.

Hell hath no fury like a Speaker scorned…

Newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner is taking off the gloves. Some of the 25 Republican insurgents who opposed his re-election on the grounds that he is insufficiently conservative will find themselves locked out of desirable committee appointments or face other retribution, Politico reported.

Now that he is back for a third terms in the speaker’s chair, Boehner and his team say they can count on a 220-member majority out of the 435-member House to follow the leadership’s cue.

The reckoning came straight away for Florida Reps. Daniel Webster, who ran against Boehner, and Rich Nugent, who backed him. Both lost their slots on the powerful Rules Committee.

Webster was upbeat about the slap. “It’s not like it’s punishment being taken off the Rules Committee,” Roll Call quoted him as saying. “A lot of people would say it’s actually a relief.”

Boehner is steadily working to minimize the power that the Tea Party candidates wield.

The Boehner camp took the view that “these fringe guys” are no longer key to a Republican majority. A GOP source told Politico, “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.”

Boehner is expected to take a comparatively harder line against Republican rebels than he did in the 113th Congress. That could spell trouble for, among others, Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, Virginia’s Scott Rigell, and Mark Meadows of North Carolina. Payback against these and other lawmakers who tried to topple Boehner could yet come down the line, according to Politico.

Boehner supporters were taken aback by the number of votes against him, because they had initially expected only eight or nine no-votes, not 25. Opponents had sought to cobble together 28 votes for anybody-but-Boehner — a number they surmised would embarrass him into pulling out of the race.

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Boehner Re-Elected Speaker Despite 25 Republicans Voting Against Him: Boehner Immediately Seeks Revenge

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Hat/Tip to CNSNews.comMark LevinPolitico and The Washington Post.

Despite the fact that over two dozen House Republicans voted present or for someone else, John Boehner retained his Speakership today.

The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions.

The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year term leading the House.

But in an embarrassing slap, 25 Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. They consider Boehner to be too accommodating and not conservative enough.

Their repudiation of Boehner was an awkward display of GOP schisms at a time when party leaders want to show voters that they can govern effectively. They want to show they won’t be forced by tea party legislators into unwinnable, unpopular showdowns with President Barack Obama.

As soon as the votes were cast, and he retained his Speakership, Boehner and his cronies set about seeking revenge.

…25 true Conservatives dared to stand up and encourage their colleagues to deny John Boehner a first round positive vote for Speaker of the House. Dozens of other conservatives didn’t have the guts to stand up. Boehner is now more angry at those who voted against him than angry at President Obama for his unconstitutional acts. Hours after Boehner was elected his allies were already out for revenge, ousting some from their committee posts.

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After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.

So this is what has come to Ladies and Gentlemen. Back room deals, slaps on the back between cronies and using the political process to damage your enemies – both real and perceived.

This is why America is fed up with both parties and tired of the same old Washington bullshit.

Here is the list of House members who voted against Boehner or voted Present:

  1. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  2. Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) — “present”
  3. Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) — Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  4. Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  5. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
  6. Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  7. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — Jordan
  8. Duncan — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
  9. Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) — Webster
  10. Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  11. Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Webster
  12. Gohmert — Gohmert
  13. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Webster
  14. Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Webster
  15. Rep. Steve King — Webster
  16. Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
  17. Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — Webster
  18. Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) — Webster
  19. Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
  20. Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) — Webster
  21. Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) — Webster
  22. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) — Webster
  23. Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) — Gohmert
  24. Webster — Webster
  25. Yoho — Yoho

Vote totals:

  1. Webster: 12
  2. Gohmert: 3
  3. Yoho: 2
  4. Jordan: 2
  5. Others/”present”: 6

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Gohmert Says He’s Rounding Up The 29 Votes To Defeat Boehner

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Boehner’s days as Speaker could be numbered…

Cross your fingers…

Via Washington Examiner:

One of the two Republicans pledging to challenge the re-election of House Speaker John Boehner said conservatives are rounding up the 29 votes needed to defeat him.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told Laura Ingraham on her radio show that the effort to overthrow Boehner stands a better chance than a failed coup in 2012 because this time, disgruntled GOP lawmakers have another choice.

“I was persuaded by some of my newer colleagues in the Congress that people have to have a name,” Gohmert said. “My friends persuaded me the mistake we made last time was not having [lawmakers] commit to specific people.”

The House on Tuesday will vote to elect the speaker for the 114th Congress, which convenes at noon.

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More GOP House Members Rebelling Against Boehner As Speaker

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Hat/Tip to Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.

Does this mean Boehner’s days as Obama’s GOP errand boy are numbered?

We can only hope so.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) issued a statement on Saturday detailing why he’s going to vote against House Speaker John Boehner’s re-election on Tuesday.

Massie, who’s entering his second term as a member from Kentucky, now becomes the second Republican House member announcing the coming rebellion against Boehner.

Massie joins Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in the fight for fresh leadership, and in his statement he detailed how Boehner and his leadership actually have misled members of the House GOP conference.

“For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve of their congressman, yet they consistently disapprove of Congress? During my first two years as a congressman I discovered a significant source of the dysfunction,” Massie said, before detailing several bad things that he “watched the House Leadership” do.

The list Massie reported focused mostly on Boehner’s work on the so-called “CRomnibus” $1.1 trillion spending bill.

john boehner generous with taxpayer moneyBoehner’s actions last month in passing everything Obama wanted have evidently been too much for House members to swallow.

Massie said that Boehner “schedule[d] a fiscal crisis in a lame duck session on the last legislative day before Christmas to get maximum leverage over rank and file members” and then worked to “mislead members into thinking that a vote on an unpopular bill was postponed, only to then conduct a rushed voice vote on the $10 billion unfunded spending measure with fewer than a dozen members present.”

Boehner also made sure to “give members less than 72 hours to read bills over 1,000 pages long, and,” Massie said, has proven he will “remove members from committees simply because they voted for the principles upon which they campaigned.”

“With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people?” Massie said. “My constituents expect better, and America deserves better. On January 6th, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”

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Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

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Hat/Tip to Alex Pappas at The Daily Caller.

File this one under, “Maybe there is STILL hope for the GOP.”

Some disaffected conservative House Republicans are planning to rebel and vote against John Boehner for speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes next week.

The official speaker’s election is set for Jan. 6., when the House will convene for a public floor vote to open the new Congress.

 While the vote is usually just a formality, these conservative lawmakers are planning to vote for someone other than the Ohio
Republican who has been speaker since 2011.
There are a lot of Conservative alternatives to choose from, as well.

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Is It Time For Trey Gowdy To Be Speaker Of The House? It Sure Looks Like It

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Is it time for John Boehner to go?

In this author’s opinion, not only yes, but “Hell yes!”

But who would we like to see in his place? Well there are some good choices and some not so good choices:

  • Trey Gowdy R-SC
  • Darrell Issa R-CA
  • Jeb Hensarling R-TX
  • Kevin McCarthy R-CA
  • Walter Jones R-NC
  • Jim Jordan R-OH
  • Steve Scalise R-LA
  • Tom Price R-GA
  • Paul Ryan R-WI
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers R-WA

In all honesty, this author would have to say that the best choice for Boehner’s replacement would have to be Congressman Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. He’s a tough as nails prosecutor and is getting to the bottom of the Benghazi Cover-Up, not to mention the way he has torn into the IRS officials for what they did to honest, hard working Americans.

If he were to be half as tough negotiating with the Left and the Democratic House members as he was and is as a prosecutor, then he’d be a better Speaker of the House than John Boehner has, by a far sight.

Here are but a few links that show the tide is swelling for a Gowdy Speakership:

And here a few Tweets featured on twitchy.com:

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Coming soon, a poll on who our loyal readers want for Speaker of the House.

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