…don’t you just feel sorry for Speaker John of Orange?
Speaker John A. Boehner is on a stronger footing with the House GOP rank and file than he has been in years. But when the new Congress convenes in January, that won’t stop the party’s anti-Boehner wing from staging another revolt. Lawmakers and aides say Boehner has improved his position in the GOP conference since the start of 2013, when 12 Republicans surprised the Ohio Republican on the floor by refusing to vote for him as speaker. That 2013 coup attempt went nowhere, but the anti-Boehner effort in the new 114th Congress is counting on reinforcements. At least five conservatives likely to win in November already say they’re apt to support someone else for speaker. Several current members — Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas — openly admit they won’t support Boehner. And even members who support the speaker acknowledge he will face opposition. Indiana Republican Marlin Stutzman told CQ Roll Call he will be voting for Boehner come January, but said there could be anywhere between “20 and 50” other Republicans voting against Boehner on the floor.
“It’s interesting, you know, some of the people that have approached me,” Stutzman said. “[I was] surprised that they were in that camp. It’s not your typical, traditional folks you would think.”
Stutzman’s office said his number is simply speculation. And even if there are enough votes to initially keep the speaker’s gavel from Boehner’s hand, there is no challenger yet to the man who has reigned atop the Republican Conference for nearly nine years.
“I think it’s hard to beat somebody with nobody,” Stutzman said.(MSN News)
…then again, given the nature of the current GOP, who’d want the damn job of Speaker anyway? Anyone..anyone…Bueller?!?
No, this isn’t one of those “Dewey Defeats Truman” kind of headlines above…Eric Cantor, the #2 Republican in the House of Representatives, really has lost to a Tea Party upstart in tonight’s Virginia primary:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary.
Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area.
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.
His loss to a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.
Brat had been a thorn in Cantor’s side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.(Real Clear Politics)
Besides Cantor losing his seat tonight, you know who the other big loser of note is? Speaker John Boehner, who has to be looking at the defeat of one of the House GOP’s consiglieres’ and wonder, (a)who else is next? and (b)will he survive a challenge to the Speakership next year, should there be one?
In what has been argued as the highest-profile set of primary races Tuesday across the U.S., Kentucky voters chose both incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader and – depending on how November goes, potential Majority Leader – and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to square off in November; both easily won their respective party primaries and at present the race, one which could have huge political ramifications come Election Night in November, is a statistical dead heat.
Man, it must suck like hell to be Speaker John of Orange, doesn’t it?
Congressman Louie Goober Gohmert appeared on Cavuto’s show to waggle his finger at Speaker Boehner for his ridicule of Gohmert’s Tea Party brigade and their resistance to sane immigration reform.
Claiming Boehner wants Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in November, Gohmert went on to call the Speaker “Tammy Faye Boehner”. He then went on a rant slamming Boehner for being weak on securing the border and threatening to remove the Speaker’s gavel from Boehner’s hand forever. He extended that threat to any other Republican who dared to vote for any immigration reform.(Crooks & Liars)
Bring the popcorn, folks!
There will be a new Dean of the United States House of Representatives come January 2015…
Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) will retire at the end of his current term, capping a historic career as the longest-serving member of Congress in history.
In prepared remarks for his annual “State of the District” speech distributed by his office Monday afternoon, Dingell described his decision as personal and rooted in the standards he had set for himself as a lawmaker.
“Around this time every two years, my wife Deborah and I confer on the question of whether I will seek reelection. My standards are high for this job. I put myself to the test and have always known that when the time came that I felt I could not live up to my own personal standard for a Member of Congress, it would be time to step aside for someone else to represent this district. That time has come,” Dingell was set to say, according to the prepared remarks.
Dingell first announced his decision to Michigan newspapers. “I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell told the Detroit News. “I don’t want people to say I stayed too long.”(Washington Post)
Now, how long has Rep. Dingell been a member of “the People’s House”? Long enough for some major historical events to occur:
…and that’s just scratching the surface; we’d be here forever if we listed every event that took place while John Dingell has served in the House….nevertheless, the House will be a lesser place come Jan. 2015. Best wishes to Congressman Dingell as he prepares to embark on the next course of his life; he has, to borrow the phrase, most assuredly earned his happy ending.
Sucks to be Mitch McConnell these days, doesn’t it…I mean, with friends like these, who the hell needs enemies?
A leading tea-party group, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has booked a $340,000 television-ad buy in Kentucky attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his failure to join the movement to defund Obamacare.
“McConnell’s the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamacare,” says the ad, a copy of which was shared with National Journal. “What good is a leader like that?”
The ad is set to air from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17, according to the group.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which was founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint but is now independent of him, has not endorsed McConnell’s Republican primary opponent, Matt Bevin. The group, however, is openly considering doing so and its executive director, Matt Hoskins, said in July that McConnell “needs to consider whether it might be time to hang it up.” The fight to defund President Obama’s health care law faces a key Oct. 1 deadline, and the ad says, “Tell Mitch McConnell to join the fight to stop Obamacare, before it’s too late.”(National Journal)
I don’t know what’s funnier here…the fact that this group, the Senate Conservatives Fund, is running an anti-McConnell ad this early in the Kentucky Senate race OR the fact that that they’ve yet to endorse McConnell’s Tea Party opponent, Matt Bevin. All I can say is bring the popcorn!
Say whatever you want about past House speakers such as Sam Rayburn, Tip O’Neill, Tom Foley or Nancy Pelosi but none of them, I suspect, would’ve ever been embarrassed in the manner that House Republicans did to Speaker John
of Orange Boehner earlier today….
In a stinging blow to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House on Thursday voted down a five-year farm bill, with 62 Republicanssiding against the party leadership and voting no.
By a vote of 234 to 195, the House defeated the measure, largely over objections to proposed cuts to food stamps. Democrats decried those cuts as too deep, while conservative Republicans who joined them said those cuts should have been much deeper.
The embarrassing defeat for Boehner comes one year after he opted to not even bring the massive, $940 billion measure to the floor for a vote because of Republican objections. The bill was thought to have had more bipartisan support this time around, and its defeat came as a surprise.(Yahoo News)
Now think about this for a moment…if we were in a parliamentary system vis-a-vis the Canadian or British House of Commons, this would almost certainly bring down the ruling government; this was the equivalent of a no-confidence vote, which also begs the question: how much longer will John of Orange remain as Speaker?
Why this question? Well, I know I’m not the brightest bulb in the lighthouse but even I know a speaker almost never brings any major piece of legislation onto the floor of the House unless they are all but assured that the bill will pass, which tells me that he probably needs to get better whip-counters ’cause they screwed up on this one…and boy, do I love how pathetic an excuse they tried to use in assigning blame for the defeat:
Republicans tried to pin the blame for the bill’s defeat on Democrats, saying they’d been banking on 40 promised votes from across the aisle that allegedly evaporated at the last moment; only 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Yet as Roll Call pointed out, even with all 40 of those votes, the bill still would have failed.(Yahoo News)
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza had this interpretation of the day’s stinging defeat for House Republicans in regards to Speaker Boehner…
Many pundits pointed to the defeat as further evidence that Boehner is a singularly ineffective speaker who cannot control the far right wing of his caucus. “House Republicans simply cannot be led by anyone at the moment,” the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed.
“The majority party in the House should never — repeat NEVER — lose floor votes on major (or, really, minor) pieces of legislation,” he said. “Republicans, literally, write the rules governing the debate — and, as the majority, must ensure that even in the worst case scenario that they can get the ‘yeas’ they need from their own side.”(Washington Post)
Just to throw salt into the open wound, Red State’s Erick Erickson had this to say, tweeting, “Does John Boehner have any clout left after publicly saying he would take the rare act as Speaker of voting for the farm bill? Pasture time?”(Erick Erickson, Twitter)
If you think things are bad here…just wait until the Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform and then you’ll get to see John of Orange sweat…