Personal Liberty Poll
House Weeper John Boehner may soon have something real to cry about. A group of 40 to 50 conservative House members are committed to throwing him out of his Speaker’s Chair come November.
The National Journal reported yesterday that House conservatives are considering several plans to oust the tanned one and other statist Republicans in leadership.
Conservatives are seething over Boehner’s surrender to Obama last fall in the budget showdown, his dissing of the Tea Party and his repeated efforts to bow to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s demands to pass an amnesty bill. But what’s really got House conservatives in a lather is Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s betrayal in pushing through a “doc fix” bill with a voice vote after he determined it would fail if votes were actually tallied. Cantor, who some believe is first in line to be speaker if Boehner gets the boot, pulled this stunt while Boehner was out of town in March.
The stunt was so infuriating to conservative lawmakers that one Cantor supporter said: “If there’s another vote like [that], Eric won’t be speaker. Ever.”
After the gavel was sounded on the vote, Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Caroline yelled “Bullshit!” outside the House chamber.
“I’m getting used to being deceived by the Obama administration, but when my own leadership does it, it’s just not acceptable,” Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona said last week, after Cantor met with a group of angry Republican Study Committee members.
The House Liberty Caucus, led by Representative Justin Amash, is said to be the nucleus of the rebellion. Amash, along with Representatives Raul Labrador of Idaho and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, was among 12 Republicans who did not vote for Boehner last time. Boehner responded by stripping them of their committee assignments.
If the GOP is to move right at all, Boehner and Cantor and their establishment Republican allies have to be shoved aside.