Skip to comments.Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out
Posted on 01/02/2013 5:08:45 PM PST by drewh
I have confirmed with a group of Congressmen that House Speaker John Boehner will not be reelected Speaker tomorrow.
He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.
Only 17 members are needed to block Speaker Boehner's election tomorrow. A Speaker needs an absolute majority of all votes cast for a specific person.
If no one has a majority, the House is speakerless. I've confirmed these rules with the House Parliamentarian.
A squeakerless House!
Heard the same earlier today on Hannity.
I’m not holding my breath though.
Get rid of this freakin idiot socialist moron Boner.
tweet Republicans , tell them get rid of this creature or else we get rid of them
Clint Eastwood for speaker.
Most of the Democrats will vote for him.
He will get a majority....
You got that right. Newt is a great strategist and can communicate phenomenally well. Boehner can do neither.
NEWT, THE BLEACHED BLOND SPOUSE HAS TO GO....
TREY GOWDY.......For speaker
Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina (R) — about the fiscal cliff bill (quote found in NYT) -
I have read the bill and cant find the spending cuts even with an electron magnifying glass.... its part medicinal, part placebo, and part treating the symptoms but not the underlying pathology.
Good, give him a hanky and show him the door.
Texas Rep. Nominates Gingrich for Speaker
11/14/12 03:08 PM ET
We’re already speakerless. The only question is whether or not the GOP can install a speaker.
They’ve recently been referring to Pelosi as a leader. Perhaps the GOP will vote for her.
It won’t matter if the GOP-e just nominates another reliable RINO. It might be why Alan West was gerrymandered out of his district.
Only guy I know qualified to balance the budget. Did it 4 years in a row with Clinton.
Far from a done deal, is what’s coming from many corners. This Ron Meyer guy is one of those WANTING Boehner out - with good reason. But so far he’s the ONLY one who says he’s “confirmed” anything. Hope he’s right. But also hope he’s not just hyping his wishful thinking so as to believe something is going to happen when it’s not.
I’ll not believe it until I see it happen. In addition, I doubt the efficacy of getting rid of the cry-baby. Who CAN be elected in his place, and not get the same treatment shortly thereafter? The job is a thankless task that few want...
She is a very bright, articulate woman. Could care less about her hair and frankly could care even less about Newts two previous marriages. If these are the reasons he wasn’t our nominee then we deserve Obama.
“Clint Eastwood for speaker.”
Or G. Gordon Liddy (as long as we’re dreaming).
Heck, go for broke. Get Mark Levin on the line...
I find it hard to believe that the House cannot get an absolute 2/3 majority for Newt. Does this mean we get a Bob Dole RINO type as speaker instead?
Why get rid of one socialist to get an even worse one. Besides, Gingrich is too busy crusading for climate change and same-sex marriage.
Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina (R) will be a fine Speaker.
Dear God, Please save us from Eric Cantor, too. Amen.
Why put a Nancy Pelosi minion in charge, why not just put Pelosi in charge. Those of us who remember the 90s remember Gingrich did more than anyone else to destroy conservatism from within
You are lost.
I don’t know who Ron Meyer is, but he is incorrect in stating that no one can get elected Speaker without 218 votes and thus that 16 Republicans voting present can keep Boehner from the Speakership. The rules of the House have stated since at least 1913 (the earliest Speaker election analyzed by the Congressional Research Service in its 2011 study) that the election of Speaker requires a majority not of members, but of votes cast *for a person*. Thus, vacancies, abstentions, *and people voting Present* will not be included in the denominator. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30857.pdf
And this isnt some arcane theory by the CRS; it was exactly what occurred as recently as 1997. That was the year of the attempted coup against Newt Gingrich, which fell apart, but around 8-10 Republicans voted Present in the Speaker election (plus 2 Republicans voted for RINO Jim Leach, 2 others voted for Republicans who had retired from Congress, and I assume that Newt abstained, as is customary for Speaker candidates). Due to all of those Present votes and abstentions, only 213 votes were required to elect a Speaker, and Newt was elected with 216 votes.
The House of Representatives for the 113th Congress will convene with at most 434 members (Jesse Jackson, Jr.s seat will be vacant). If 16 Republicans vote Present, at most 418 votes will be cast for a person for Speaker, meaning that Boehner would need only 210 votes to be elected Speaker. But if 34 Republicans vote Present, then Pelosi or some other Democrat could be elected Speaker with the 201 Democrat votes. So voting Present for Speaker wont keep Boehner from being elected Speaker, unless so many Republicans do it that a Democrat gets elected Speaker.
The only way that 16 Republicans can prevent Boehner or a Democrat from becoming Speaker would be if they voted for actual persons, not vote Present. And that is a lot more difficult than finding 16 Republicans to vote “Present.”
omg- you’re right!
Pelosi cannot win, and Boner has been GREAT for the democraps... so why not let some of the democrats vote for him!
Then he can ‘repay’ them by purging every remaining conservative from any house committees.
Newt? The guy who recently said we would have to compromise on immigration and gay marriage?
Heck, go for broke. Get Mark Levin on the line...
Talk about bringing down the house! That’s what I’m talking about.
The MARXISTS/SOCIALISTS would have heart attacks. Which at this point, would be fine with me.
good choice , Cain ,West , Bachmann ,Palin
“The Speaker doesnt have to be a current member necessarily.... (according to the constitution)”
That interpretation assumes that when the Framers placed the words the House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker in Article I of the U.S. Constitution they were not basing the speakership on the Speaker of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, which most definitely *did* need to be filled by a Member of the House of Commons. The reason that they didnt write the House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker *from among their members* was because it was deemed to be self-evident, since the Speaker is the leader of the House and the leader must come from within the grouphad the Framers intended to allow the House to elect a Speaker that was not a member of the body, such a clear departure from parliamentary precedent would have been specifically noted, and they likely would have selected a title other than Speaker. The one instance in the U.S. Constitution where the presiding officer would not be a member of the body he presided was when the Vice President is made, ex officio, the President of the Senate, but he was specifically designated as such in Article I, and the fact that the VP is not a member of the Senate was probably the reason why they didnt baptize the presiding officer of the Senate as the Speaker of the Senate.
No one believes that the Chief Justice of the United States can be someone other than a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and, until a few years ago (when a couple of Republicans upset at Newt Gingrich voted for retired Republicans for Speaker) no one other than a sitting Representative had even received a vote for Speaker. I think the theory of the non-member of the House serving as Speaker is an interesting exercise in constitutional analysis, as is the theory that the Governor of New York could be in the line of succession to the presidency (a governor is, after all, an officer), but having a non-member serve as Speaker ultimately would be a distortion of the Framers original intent.
Re. Alan West: The Speaker of the House does not have to be a current member of the House of Representatives.
Trey Gowdy would make a wicked good speaker. He is a velvet tongued, take no prisoners conservative. I love him!
I'd posit the following:
AW was electorally screwed because he's a conservative black veteran with BALLS !
One of the commies' worst recurrent nightmares.
Dittos!! No Eric Cantor! He is too sissified and rino in elephant clothes.
I’ve already gotten rid of the GOPe. Now an Independent.
I believe Congressman Louie Gohmert himself would make an excellant Speaker.
The reason we shouldn’t nominate him is he’s a left wing shill who has been trying to destroy this country for almost 40 years. If there were any justice he’d be hanged for treason to this country Let me guess - you think Bill Clinton was the greatest president in U.S. history?
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