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Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)
Human Events ^ | January 3, 2013 | Audrey Hudson

Posted on 01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST by Timber Rattler

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal.

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Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans, but he voted for Boehner for speaker.

However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that “arm twisting” on Boehner’s behalf was “very intense” with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speaker’s reelection.

Huelskamp is one of four Republican lawmakers who lost key committee assignments recently for reportedly voting against issues that were important to Boehner.

“The intimidation and pressure was intense, there are a lot of people that wanted to vote no and today, the last call, the last twisting of arms, convinced them not to do that,” Huelskamp said.

“And certainly my vote was one of no confidence. I want conservative leadership, and that has not been provided by the speaker,” Huelskamp said.

Asked specifically who was intimidated to cast their votes for Boehner, Huelskamp declined to name names.

Huelskamp did add that one freshman lawmaker was called prior to the vote and told their committee seat was “probably gone if you vote your conscience.”

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; gop; house; speaker
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Gangster government, GOP-E style.
1 posted on 01/03/2013 1:36:57 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
Color me infinitely un-shocked.
2 posted on 01/03/2013 1:40:56 PM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: Timber Rattler
“The intimidation and pressure was intense, there are a lot of people that wanted to vote no and today, the last call, the last twisting of arms, convinced them not to do that,” Huelskamp said.

...and they fell for it. From Boehner. No wonder Obama goes unchecked. These cowards wilt in front of Caspar Milquetoast.

3 posted on 01/03/2013 1:41:19 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: Timber Rattler

There must be more to the allure of the committee chairmanships than a silly gavel to tap. It must have to do with campaign donations. I’m afraid we will never fix the problem considering the lack of information of Republican primary voters and their miserable nominees.


4 posted on 01/03/2013 1:42:17 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Timber Rattler

They learn well from the chicago way.

Gone Galt here. Call me when someone gives a damn.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 1:44:18 PM PST by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Timber Rattler

Eric Cantor must have had the boot shoved up his behind. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s knocked down a peg or two.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 1:44:21 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Timber Rattler

What we need is enough Americans who will stop giving to the RNC and start giving to conservative super-PACs. Then a threat to remove RNC funding wouldn’t have any impact.


7 posted on 01/03/2013 1:44:36 PM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I can’t imagine many conservatives being happy with this vote. I also can’t imagine conservatives contributing to the GOP when they have been stabbed in the back so. I know I won’t.


8 posted on 01/03/2013 1:45:14 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Asked specifically who was intimidated to cast their votes for Boehner, Huelskamp declined to name names.

I'd love to know. These people would be in line for whatever help I could provide after paying my Boehner-McConnell-Zero tax increases.

9 posted on 01/03/2013 1:49:04 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: South40

They don’t have to worry about any campaign donations from me anymore. The “Republican” Party no longer exists. It is now the “Mafia” Party.

They sure took lessons from the Chicago Community Organizer didn’t they.


10 posted on 01/03/2013 1:49:15 PM PST by Progov
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To: Timber Rattler

If they were only half as brave as they are against conservatives we would be in a better place.

I for one will never support idiots like King in NY. The guy is a waste of space. All he does is say stupid things in front of the camera, as far as I can tell. Just like Schumer. Must be a NY thing.


11 posted on 01/03/2013 1:52:30 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: Timber Rattler

All Hail The Great GOP!


12 posted on 01/03/2013 1:53:35 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Timber Rattler
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
13 posted on 01/03/2013 1:53:42 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The only thing to stop a bad person with a gun, is a good person with a gun.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Anyone really surprised!


14 posted on 01/03/2013 1:56:07 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans, but he voted for Boehner for speaker.

Sure he voted against it after he was assured it would pass despite his no vote. Fning weasel

15 posted on 01/03/2013 1:56:51 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Timber Rattler

“They don’t call it the Stupid Party for nothing.”

Chances that Boehner will be crying at his swearing in ceremony? 95 percent yes he will.


16 posted on 01/03/2013 1:58:18 PM PST by TheConservativeParty
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To: Timber Rattler

This proves the definition of insanity and stupidity.


17 posted on 01/03/2013 1:59:15 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Timber Rattler

Wow - If they would just deal with the democrats they way they deal with their own caucas, we would not be in as much trouble.


18 posted on 01/03/2013 2:02:31 PM PST by nomobs
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To: Timber Rattler

ball-less wonders.


19 posted on 01/03/2013 2:03:12 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Yet before this thread ends, many ‘conservatives’ will tell us why this is good and why Bhoner/GOP style governance it the only choice.

I am more embarrassed by the moment. Until these people are ourged from the movement, we will never purge their gods from DC.

Simple math.


20 posted on 01/03/2013 2:04:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler

Over 90 percent of the Republicans we elect have no principles.

That is the bottom line that came out here.

Speakers have power to twist arms in every legislature.

Leaders control their individual party members who are free only to make noises with passionate speeches, not act on principle.


21 posted on 01/03/2013 2:08:01 PM PST by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: Timber Rattler

Bonehead will lead the GOP to the minority in 2014.
He was a weak leader to star with, he is much weaker now.
He has divided the GOP, not united it.


22 posted on 01/03/2013 2:08:21 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Timber Rattler

I give up hope - how the hel do we elect the most spineless man we can find to do the heaviest lifting in the people’s house?


23 posted on 01/03/2013 2:08:34 PM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (reasonable gun control is hitting what you aim for)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Not me!
I changed my party affiliation this afternoon upon learning that the stupid party re-elected that lush. We have 2 years to get the Tea Party instituted as a national platform..... let’s get it done!


24 posted on 01/03/2013 2:08:40 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

Funny how Republicans only get a spine when it comes to dealing with fellow Republicans.


25 posted on 01/03/2013 2:10:20 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RS_Rider

GOOD!

And don’t let the GOP Fanboys give you crap on these threads for doing it. I hope MANY share your conviction.


26 posted on 01/03/2013 2:11:03 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler

What a bunch of Spinless Liberals

If you are still voting Republican after this spectacle....YOU ARE A LIBERAL


27 posted on 01/03/2013 2:11:45 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s time to march on the RNC. We can’t take back the country without taking back the party first.


28 posted on 01/03/2013 2:12:43 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: FReepers

My first act of 'business' in this New Year was to remove myself from the GOP voter rolls on Wednesday morning, changing my registration to Independent.

Not one thin dime will go to a GOP 'committee' at any level .. time/money contributions to individual candidates ONLY.

The spineless pukes want to ignore us ?  Both sides can play that game !

If a FEW,000,000 of us did the same, there's just a chance - albeit a slim one - that it might make a last gasp difference.

29 posted on 01/03/2013 2:12:56 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: Moonman62

No, it’s time to see reality. And that reality is that it is idiotic to retake a party so thoroughly discredited in the eyes of America and loaded Top to janitor with Moderates and outright liberals.

Let the GOP keep all the crap they allowed the Dems to attach to it like accusations of racism and granny over the cliff.

Start over without the anchor of that ‘legacy.’ And the anchors of it’s OWN doing.


30 posted on 01/03/2013 2:17:58 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: All
.. time/money contributions to individual CONSERVATIVE candidates ONLY.
31 posted on 01/03/2013 2:21:06 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: dfwgator

Hey Boehner, GFY.


32 posted on 01/03/2013 2:21:37 PM PST by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: ArGee

Superpacs should be authentically tied to conservatives, not tied to the business interests that support bailouts and ‘imperfect deals’ like the one just agreed to to band aid the economy and make it look better than it really is.

We need a total downsizing of government and low taxation to make it out of this mess. Otherwise we slowly sink into the abyss.

The supposed pro-business folks like Pat Toomey have proposed a balanced budget ten years down the road.

That’s smoke and mirrors austerity like we get in Europe with band aids that keep Greece, Spain, Italy etc. etc. deep in the hole.


33 posted on 01/03/2013 2:25:13 PM PST by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: dfwgator

Like most sociopaths, Boehner is only willing to fight when his own ego is at stake.


34 posted on 01/03/2013 2:28:59 PM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: ABQHispConservative

King in a RINO mouthpiece who populates the Fox News universe that plays with our emotions to keep us herded onto the Republican Plantation.


35 posted on 01/03/2013 2:29:31 PM PST by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: Timber Rattler

Ah, well. We really didn’t want to win mid term in 2014, did we?


36 posted on 01/03/2013 2:31:48 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Timber Rattler

I got a GOP fundraising call about 20 minutes ago, asking me to contribute to the RNC. I told the guy to perform an unnatural act on himself and to take my name off his list.


37 posted on 01/03/2013 2:33:01 PM PST by anoldafvet (One million people attended Obama's inauguration, at least 14 of them missed work)
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To: Timber Rattler

My Rep. (Amash) voted for himself! Ha, well done!

He should after that d*ck screwed him over.


38 posted on 01/03/2013 2:40:50 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Timber Rattler
Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans...

That's a flat out lie. The taxes had already gone up. The deal eliminated tax hikes on everyone making less than $400,000 a year, and made the Bush tax rates on them permanent. Whatever it's other faults the deal resulted in lower taxes for most Americans.

39 posted on 01/03/2013 2:45:27 PM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Hugin

They gave in on “taxing the rich” which was wrong and they gave in by taking away the 2 percent giveback.

People like me who are conservative and work two jobs just lost money to Washington.

I can get over that personally but the grassroots out there who work and support the GOP will be the bite of higher taxes, too.

This a European style bailout, not conservative legislation.

Moodys wants more austerity type measures or the credit rating of the US gets lowered.

This is the first of many “imperfect deals” to come.....


40 posted on 01/03/2013 2:52:59 PM PST by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: Timber Rattler

So there was arm-twisting and threats? So what? Why should that have stopped anyone from trying to save this country? That doesn’t suprise me or even upset me

What ticks me off is that cowardly house representatives did not have the balls to even try and run against boehner. He was unopposed.

I don’t blame boner. I blame house conservatives. We don’t deserve to lead the house of representatives if only nine voted against the RINO. Cowards. All of them except nine.


41 posted on 01/03/2013 2:54:03 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Timber Rattler

I’m not surprised. We tried working within the GOP for the last couple of years and found that same ole boy RINO network at the local levels. This last crap maneuver should have driven the last stake into any real conservative still calling themselves a Republican. We need another party NOW, before the 2014 elections.


42 posted on 01/03/2013 2:57:47 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Timber Rattler

The RNC just called asking for money. I laughed, “you got to be kidding!”


43 posted on 01/03/2013 3:00:44 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Timber Rattler

What a putz!

He and Harry Reid are gangsters ... and both houses caved to them, or will.

Unbelievable, this is a man who will do anything to secure his position. And we’re stuck with him till mid-terms 2014.

Kiss our collective a**es goodbye. He just went to aid the President in his agenda.


44 posted on 01/03/2013 3:05:46 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Nextrush
They gave in on “taxing the rich” which was wrong and they gave in by taking away the 2 percent giveback.

If you make more than 400k a year, hats off to you. But your taxes had already gone up before the deal was done. No deal and your taxes would still be higher, along with everyone elses. And there would be no way the Pubs could ever sell themselves as the party of lower taxes after that. It would confirm in the minds of the public the Dem meme that "Republicans only care about the rich".

45 posted on 01/03/2013 3:06:13 PM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Timber Rattler

The GOP-e is happy with the status quo ante, while we aren’t.
Feck `em.


46 posted on 01/03/2013 3:06:33 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: ArGee

The risk with a Conservative super pac is somebody like Rove will end up running it and he’ll get hooked on a RINO and it’s Romney time again.


47 posted on 01/03/2013 3:06:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: BubbaBasher
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48 posted on 01/03/2013 3:08:38 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Timber Rattler

This is the main problem with our government. Congress is supposed to be representative of the people, but Chairmanship and Committee seat are set up to be little dictatorships. My Oregon senator ends up representing Harry Reid’s state rather than Oregon. There must be a better way to set up committees.


49 posted on 01/03/2013 3:08:53 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: Timber Rattler
The GOP thinks they can win an election without a party base.

Good luck with that. You lost me, and I'm not coming back.

50 posted on 01/03/2013 3:19:43 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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