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McCarthy Path to Majority Leader Post Cleared as Conservatives Decry ‘Snap Election’

Boehner: "It's important we resolve this issue in a fair amount of time so that we can do the work that we were elected to do."

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Bridget Johnson

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June 12, 2014 - 7:30 pm
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WASHINGTON — As House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly shored up support among his colleagues to succeed Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as majority leader, conservatives complained their members were at an unfair disadvantage due to snap elections.

House Republicans will vote June 19 on a replacement for Cantor, who will step down as majority leader on July 31 and serve out the remainder of the congressional session.

Cantor was defeated Tuesday by economics professor Dave Brat in the political shocker of the season.

He threw his weight solidly behind the effort of the No. 3 Republican in the House, McCarthy, to become No. 2.

“I can tell you that if my dear friend and colleague Kevin McCarthy does decide to run, I think he’d make an outstanding majority leader. And I will be backing him with my full support,” Cantor told media on Wednesday. Indeed, McCarthy was huddling with aides and reaching out to House chairmen as soon as Cantor lost Tuesday night.

The race for majority leader has narrowed since then with Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) both squashing speculation that they would aim for the job.

“After prayerful reflection, I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right office at the right time for me and my family,” Hensarling said in a statement, adding that he was “humbled” by the encouragement he received to run for Cantor’s job.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), currently No. 4 in the leadership, also has declined the chance to move up. She faces an August primary challenge from a political novice who plans to use the same illegal immigration platform that Brat used against Cantor.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that calling a leadership election so soon “has the effect of stacking the deck.”

“At a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama administration to oppose snap elections for unions on American employers, Republican leadership is trying to do the same in the United States House of Representatives,” said King.

“Unfortunately, while both current candidates benefit from the hasty timeframe prescribed by leadership, neither opposes amnesty legislation being brought to the floor of the House,” he said Thursday morning when Sessions was still in the running. “The primary election in Virginia 7 that led to this leadership vacuum turned on the electorate’s opposition to amnesty. Have we learned nothing?”

“Let’s take more time to get our heads clear and elect a staunch conservative, anti-amnesty candidate to step up and lead the Majority.”

With the expectation that McCarthy will ascend and the whip position will be open, Rep. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) has stepped up his longtime lobbying of colleagues for the No. 3 post. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who got the boot from the whip team for defying leadership on a procedural farm bill vote, is also vying for whip.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-La.), who leads about 180 caucus conservatives, has not officially announced a bid but has been whipping up support among the right for a run at McCarthy’s job.

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Pro-amnesty Republican Congressmen are like zombies. They're hard to take out and when you do they just vaporize and a new one steps forward.

Boehner doesn't seem to have learned much.
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The reason Boehner needs McCarthy is not to do the work they were elected to do, but to NOT do the work they were elected to do: the work of the GOP, which is to thwart the work of the Democrats; at least the Democrats understand that that is their job, crushing the opposition in order to expand the reach and scope of the federal government, aka implement the progressive agenda.
Boehner is a disgrace.
His speed in this issue is designed ONLY to act quickly before conservatives can unify behind one of their own. Plain and simple.
Did I say, "Boehner is a disgrace"? It bears repeating.
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Boehner: "It's important we resolve this issue in a fair amount of time so that we can do the work that we were elected to do."
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If only that were your motives. You were not elected to pass amnesty for illegals - you were not elected to sit on your hands and watch a sitting president ignore laws he doesn't like and break laws when it suits him. Too bad you're fooling at least half your constituents.

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Impeach Boehner!
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Boehner: "It's important we resolve this issue in a fair amount of time so that we can do the work that we were elected to do."

Uhuh yea and I don't recall any of you GOP clowns running on passing Amnesty, In fact, you all ran promising to oppose amnesty. Now, you seek to ram it through against the wishes of your voters.

The GOP has no integrity anymore.
23 weeks ago
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Wrong. There is not a single GOP-sponsored amnesty bill in the House today. A total of five immigration reform bills have been debated and passed out of two House committees, ready at any time for floor debate. None involve legalization of current illegals ... none, zip, nada (pardon the spanish).

The five House bills deal with strengthening the border controls (including completion of the partally-built border fence), implementing mandatory universal E-verification for employers, modifying current immigration rules to favor high skill immigrants and get rid of national origin quotas, etc etc.
23 weeks ago
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In the category of information you need to know (maybe :) )

Today is a Friday 13th full moon. The next one won't happen until August 13, 2049 !!

(I know it's true 'cause I read it on the internet...:) )

23 weeks ago
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Hey thanks. I think I'll go break a mirror and walk under a ladder just to make it more exciting. Let's see what happens in Iraq tonight Friday 13th.
23 weeks ago
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Finally something the US House can move quickly on, choosing a replacement majority leader.

This is where their collective hearts lie, politics as competitive sport, the infighting between and among themselves & jockeying for position.

Heaven forbid their actual focus should be on crafting intelligent policy.

Jockeying combined with inter-agency infighting preoccupied FBI/CIA (a "wall" impeding information sharing) during the lead up to 911.
23 weeks ago
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The current tension between the Republican establishment and the Tea Partiers resembles the debate between movement conservatives and the moderate Republican establishment during the 1960s. Then, as now, the Republican establishment argued that while the party’s activist base might prefer movement conservatives, the party’s right-wing could not win elections in competitive constituencies. The party’s activist base was faced with a choice: They could go with their heads and win with the establishment or go with their hearts and lose with the movement conservatives.

In retrospect, we can see that this was a false choice. It turned out that the movement conservatives (the allegedly extreme Ronald Reagan most of all) were better at expanding the Republican electorate. They were able to make gains among urban working-class whites, win over white Southerners, and appeal to suburbanites who had lost whatever ancestral ties they may have had to any of the parties. The movement conservatives were so successful at expanding the party that many Republican moderates (who had previously been unable to shut up about how they wanted the GOP to be a big tent) started feeling uncomfortable with some of the people the party was bringing in.

This history is not always properly understood. You hear on talk radio that the events of the 1960-1980s prove that RINOs lose and real conservatives win. But that’s not always true in our own time: Sharron Angle and Joe Miller were nothing if not real conservatives running in a favorable political environment, but they ended up losing—one to Harry Reid and the other to the very definition of a RINO.

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/05/a-tea-party-for-everyone
23 weeks ago
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The Republican leadership in Washington is just as big an enemy to freedom as Obama and the Democrats. They're all big government crony capitalists who view the American people with contempt.

And this is why I couldn't care less how the GOP does in the upcoming election. After watching Boehner's rule in the House and hearing McConnell talk about "crushing" candidates who don't toe the establishment's line, why should I?
23 weeks ago
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If you don't care how the GOP does, then you are no conservative. The only path to conservative government is via the GOP.
23 weeks ago
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We are far past the point where either side is going it give in to the other. The Institutional Republicans are going to do what they are going to do. Patriots are going to do what they are going to do in response. Replacing Cantor with someone even less conservative was a deliberate statement by the Institutionals. I happen to think that Conservatives should see that the Democrat wins in Boehner's District and in McConnell's race in Kentucky. Just to show them what will happen if they force through Amnesty. And if they force through Amnesty before any putative elections in November, then the lesson needs to be extended and reinforced nationwide.

Subotai Bahadur
23 weeks ago
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Brat for Speaker 2014
23 weeks ago
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Brat isn't even seated until January 2015.

Despite your irony "chemist", it's not a bad idea, albeit impossible since the good ole boyz and girlz club requires a lot of grunt time before you're even considered.
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Pro-amnesty Republican Congressmen are like zombies. They're hard to take out and when you do they just vaporize and a new one steps forward.

Boehner doesn't seem to have learned much.
23 weeks ago
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The reason Boehner needs McCarthy is not to do the work they were elected to do, but to NOT do the work they were elected to do: the work of the GOP, which is to thwart the work of the Democrats; at least the Democrats understand that that is their job, crushing the opposition in order to expand the reach and scope of the federal government, aka implement the progressive agenda.
Boehner is a disgrace.
His speed in this issue is designed ONLY to act quickly before conservatives can unify behind one of their own. Plain and simple.
Did I say, "Boehner is a disgrace"? It bears repeating.
23 weeks ago
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Are these idiots totally incapable of learning anything? Do they really think that you can continue to kick and abuse your base without them eventually turning on you and biting your political career off?

Apparently so.
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