Momentum to unseat John Boehner as Speaker of the House gains momentum, will Paul Ryan be his replacement?
It appears as if the movement to unseat John Boehner as Speaker of the House is beginning to gain some momentum. Many of us have been unhappy with John Boehner for quite some time and have been hoping he would be replaced when the new Congress convened in January, but that didn’t appear likely despite his failed leadership and his being totally outmaneuvered by the Democrats for two years.
But then John Boehner finally flexed his muscles–unfortunately it was against fiscally conservative Republicans and not Democrats, showing that he really isn’t serious about solving the debt crisis–when he removed four Republicans from committee positions for failing to vote with the political class, establishment Republicans, and threatened to punish more if they didn’t fall in line and the movement against John Boehner began to grow.
And then came what might just be John Boehner’s coup de gras; his embarrassing failure to pass his fiscal cliff Plan B after vowing to the president he would have a bill to send to his desk. (Funny how the term ‘Plan B’ is so closely associated with abortion nowadays, because that is what this plan turned into.)
With his leadership skills now in doubt momentum is really starting to pick up and it is being reported here that fiscally conservative Republicans, and even some of the political class establishment Republicans, are passing around a plan to unseat the beleaguered House Speaker.
The first part of this plan would be a change in the voting rules to have the vote held by secret ballot because some Republicans are worried that if John Boehner held on to the Speakership they would be punished more severely than those Republicans whose committee positions were stripped for not going along to get along. It does appear that John Boehner can be tough when he wants to be, he is just afraid of Barack Obama.
Surely Republicans such as John Boehner could not oppose a secret ballot vote after condemning unions for not having a secret ballot vote, right?
In a 2009 op-ed Boehner himself wrote for U.S. News and World Report, the then House Minority Leader bashed unions for their failure to employ secret ballot elections to protect those voting.
Of course John Boehner is more concerned with saving his own ass, not protecting those who may vote against them if the ballot is secret, so I expect him to be hypocritical and oppose this attempt. We will have to see how this all plays out but for now it appears the movement is growing.
So if John Boehner is removed from the Speakership the obvious question is who will step up and replace him? The name being thrown around out there is non other than ex-vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Finally we would have a person in a position of leadership who actually takes the issue of our debt and deficit seriously–he may be the only one in the Congress who does.