Will Boehner Be Replaced?

John Boehner - Photo by Gage Skidmore

John Boehner – Photo by Gage Skidmore

Needless to say, there’s been a growing dissatisfaction with House Speaker John Boehner for quite some time.  Many conservatives, not only throughout America, but within the House of Representatives, feel Boehner has shown weak and ineffective leadership of the House and has, in effect, been President Obama’s lapdog.  The question is, how many will actually vote to remove Boehner?

Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Ted Yoho, R-Florida have announced they will seek election to Speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes tomorrow.  Personally, I don’t think either of them will stand a chance of defeating Boehner and becoming the new Speaker.  It will take 218 votes in the House for Boehner to retain his job as Speaker, which means at least 29 Republicans must vote against him.  By my count, there are maybe 15 Republicans who are pretty sure bets to vote against him, and at most 21.  That’s just not enough.  Gohmert and Yoho seem like fine representatives who hold traditional conservative values, but neither of them seem particularly good choices to take over as House Speaker.  For that matter, Boehner, who has a tendency to cry just a little too often, didn’t seem like a particularly good choice either:

So my question is, where are the ones who would make good speakers, and more importantly, would have a chance of actually being able to replace John Boehner?  Paul Ryan, and especially Trey Gowdy, with the attention he’s garnered over the past year with his blistering questions about the IRS targeting of conservative organizations and the Benghazi debacle, along with his withering interrogation of those testifying before Congress – where are you both, and why haven’t you stepped up?  There are possibly others who could unseat Boehner, but so far only two – a fifth term Congressman and a junior member of the House, are coming forward and volunteering themselves as an alternative.  I applaud Gohmert and Yoho for what they’ve done, but I fear they aren’t well enough known to gain much support.

The one thing the Republican majority in the House – and the Senate – should bear in mind is that the November elections gave them a clear message that the American public is sick and tired of a weak, ineffective Congress that lets Obama run roughshod over them with his telephone and pen, resulting in a seemingly endless string of executive orders.  This flies in the face of the system of checks and balances as set forth in the Constitution, and we all know it.  Both houses of Congress, but particularly the House of Representatives, have the chance to prove themselves worthy of the American peoples’ trust now, so will they take the ball and run with it, or will they blow it as previous Republican majorities have done?

It’s not hard to figure out Americans don’t want more of the same, and if they blow it, my best guess is that they should enjoy these next two years in Washington, because it’s quite likely they may find they’ve been replaced.  It’s their choice.

 

5 comments

  1. What has surprised me is that Boehner often acts like he doesn’t want to be speaker, like it’s a migraine to him. But he sure rally’s the troops to support him to keep the job. Now at the least he doesn’t enjoy wide confidence. Is he a bit like Obama that he doesn’t care about disapproval? I get that impression.

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    1. Interesting take on it, Bullright. I think he actually does like being speaker, but I think he and Obama have a couple of things in common – one of them, as you mentioned, is that he possibly doesn’t care about whether he’s disapproved of.

      Actually, I think all top-level politicians either already have, or develop, something in common – a love of their own political ambition over a love of their country and what’s best for it. From my point of view, if Boehner really stood for the principles which are traditional with the Republican Party, his speakership would have taken a much different direction. Which, come to think of it, really just goes to prove your point, that Boehner really doesn’t much care whether he’s got widespread approval or not. If he had listened to the message that was sent in November, and been an honest and forthright man, he would have either stepped up to the plate, or stepped down.

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      1. Oh I really agree with that. A few days ago his speakership was the question on twitter. I said memo to Boehner: elections have consequences. There was a lot of agreement with that. But it is the real point, isn’t it? He should have seen it coming and known, or done something different. As you say, their ambition seems to take priority. When the other side knows he can be rolled, then how much of a leader is he? But now, we are the ones getting rolled. It’s as if everyone in the country heard the message last election but him. And I hear he has payback in mind for those who opposed him. Something very wrong with this picture.

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  2. It’s like the old thing about kings – if you plot to overthrow him, you’d best be successful or you’re dead.

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    1. I agree, Papi. As I mentioned above, I don’t think either of them stands a chance, but as far as I’m concerned, and probably their constituents also, they’re doing what the people hired them to do. Or at least trying to. That’s more than we can say for many in Washington.

      There has been a HUGE outpouring of support for Trey Gowdy should he be inclined to challenge Boehner, but so far he seems completely uninterested in the job. Pity.

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