The PJ Tatler

Fire John Boehner? What a Good Idea

There’s a mini-revolt brewing against John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker of the House:

2014 turned out to be the year the Republican Party had long waited for. Finally, the GOP took control of the Senate and set a record for the number of seats it controlled in the House of Representatives.

As we all know, it did not take the Republicans long to blow it. A month after its incredible victory, the GOP squandered its mandate, surrendering to the Democrats. The GOP led House of Representatives did not proclaim its mandate and hold off on major decisions until the Republican majority in the Senate was sworn in. No, they went to the GOP position of preemptive surrender and gave President Obama and the Democrats almost everything they wanted.

Despite the pleas and demands from the base, the GOP did nothing to stop Mr. Obama’s executive amnesty. They even rewarded left wing billionaires who had spent millions to keep the Democrats in power by extending so-called “Green Energy” subsidies.

The architect of the Republican surrender was House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner has been just awful as Speaker, the preternaturally tanned, weepy face of the GOP wing of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party. He’s one of them, not one of us.

Here is one simple message for the Republicans. The people who put you in office are not the chamber of commerce lobbyists. They are not the special interest cronyist groups that show up, pump your hand and write you a campaign check.

The people who put you in office are the rank and file conservative voter. Many of these people support the tea Pparty movement. And the people are tired of the Republican games in Washington.

Second the motion. On the other hand, what chance, realistically, do conservatives in the House have of deposing Boehner? Slim to none:

When the 114th Congress convenes at noon on Jan. 6, the first item on the agenda in the House will be the election of the speaker. Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner, who has served in that position since 2011, is expected to be re-elected.

More than a dozen tea party-aligned conservatives, however, are likely to vote against Boehner on the grounds that he is not sufficiently steadfast in opposing President Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including the budget and immigration, The Daily Caller reported.

According to North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, between 16 and 18 lawmakers are talking about voting against the incumbent.

Boehner needs a simple majority of all members present. Assuming every lawmaker is in attendance, that means 218 out of 435 votes. Anti-Boehner conservatives are hoping to corral 20 Republicans into voting for anybody but Boehner as speaker, robbing him of a majority and, possibly, embarrassing him into withdrawing from the race.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.