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John Boehner: Loser of the House

In the height of the 2010 mid-term elections, the Tea Party surge forcefully took back the House of Representatives, thrusting Ohio native John Boehner into the nation’s third most powerful position. Boehner owes his speakership to the small conservative group, but he has chosen to abandon the very constituency that brought him to power in the first place.

John Boehner is infamous for drawing lines in the sand and then leaping across those lines to go for a swim in the ocean. He is spineless, ignorant, and frankly, under-qualified to lead the people’s House. His tactics are shrewd, calculating, and often times despicable. He is a weak leader and he lacks the ability to negotiate effectively. This point has been highlighted by the recent fiscal cliff talks. John Boehner signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise taxes, but he has already gone out and offered President Obama over $800 billion in tax increases. He then turns around and ridicules any member who refuses to violate their promise to the American people.

John Boehner’s latest move has ruffled the feathers of the conservatives in the Republican Party. In the process of determining new committee assignments, Boehner ousted Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp from the agricultural and budget committees. Huelskamp stated that he was relieved of his assignment due to disagreements with the House leadership on key votes. His votes were considered to be too conservative, so Boehner kicked him off the committee. Huelskamp was replaced with several of Boehner’s hand chosen moderates, which is very reminiscent of FDR’s court packing scheme.

I wish that Boehner would utilize this strength that he shows towards his own party members against the Democrat opposition. He has no problem standing up to the conservative members of the house, but he will fold and even cry whenever he deals with the Democrats. It is troubling that Boehner expects each Republican in the House to vote exactly the way he wants them to vote. Each individual congressman is supposed to vote in the best interest of their constituency, not however Boehner tells them to vote. His bullying has gotten out of control, and it is time that we take some serious steps towards replacing him.

With Boehner just being reconfirmed as the Speaker of the House last month, there is little we can do for the next two years. However, I admire Representative Louie Gohmert’s bold move several weeks ago to nominate Newt Gingrich to replace Boehner (the Speaker of the House does not have to be a sitting member of the House). Unfortunately, nobody else in the House seemed to want to take a stand against Boehner, and Gohmert was the only recorded vote for his nomination of Gingrich. It is sad that so few people are willing to break from the establishment and stand up for the American people. An interesting idea that is often not considered is for the conservative members to push back against Boehner’s bullying by threatening to caucus independently, which would threaten Boehner’s status as Speaker of the House. While this could threaten Boehner’s power, it would also swing too much power over to the Democrats, so it is unlikely that it will be implemented. But if enough conservatives get angry, they may just caucus independently.

To promote a suggestion from Mark Levin, I fully support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for Speaker of the House. For the past several months, Levin has toyed with the idea of having Scott Walker challenge John Boehner for his position. Levin has had Scott Walker on his show several times and has pitched the idea to him on several occasions. Walker always laughs it off, but there comes a time when the American people need somebody to step up and seriously challenge Boehner. We have two years to form a coalition to replace Boehner, assuming we hold the House in the 2014 mid-term elections. We need to start planning now.

President Obama is playing John Boehner for a fool, and rightfully so. Obama has set up the situation so that no matter what happens in regard to the fiscal cliff, the Republicans will take the blame for hurting the middle class. If John Boehner had any courage whatsoever, he would author a bill in the House in which he slashes the two middle class income tax rates, while leaving the two upper rates alone. It would easily pass the Republican controlled House, and it would be pushed over to the Democrat dominated Senate. A move like this would completely turn the tables, and the Democrats would be forced to answer to the American people as to why they opposed a middle class tax cut.

John Boehner has many options at his disposal, but he is too scared to use them. Instead, he’d rather just purge the conservatives from important leadership positions so that he can freely make deals with his buddies across the aisle.

Jeffrey Max | Texas Wesleyan University | @JeffMaxxx

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  1. wishladya
    Dec 10, 2012 - 05:27 PM

    One must wonder if Boehner, Roberts and others have had death threats from Obama thugs, as have some other politicians both Democrat and Republican. They will stoop to anything to control everyone. If they’re cowards they do need to be replaced, or at the very least be reminded of the death threats endured by our Founding Fathers in the original Revolution that established this great country. It’s time to stand up and be tough. Boehner has been scared out, and I believe Justice Roberts was, as were Evan Bayh and others.

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    • Jim Prokop
      Dec 11, 2012 - 05:29 AM

      Evan Bayh? John Boehner? You are flat crazy. Your crop of fools wouldn’t make a pimple on their collective ass.

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  2. Oklahoma Girl
    Dec 09, 2012 - 03:00 PM

    Is it not obvious by now that the Republicans are joining in the dialog ON PURPOSE? Had we not lost the election (which I believe strongly was stolen, aided by at least some Republicans), I would not feel this way. Please visit http://judicialview.com/Court-Cases/Civil-Procedure/Democratic-National-Committee-v-Republican-National-Committee/10/201975.

    We are under a government now in full-blown tyranny…the fact that Boehner ‘fired’ Tea Party Conservatives from the budget committees is testimony to that fact. The Republican party is not going to do diddley squat to change things in Washington, DC…if there were going to, they would have spoken up 4 years ago. There are so many treasonous acts already committed by this administration….if the RNC were not complicit, they would have blown the lid off of so many criminal activities that the current administration has taken. I will not go on about that list because I am sure you are well aware of it…any awake American already is.

    Both Lenin and Hitler had dubious records of birth and personal history. This president is not a Constitutional or legally qualified to be in office. By ‘overlooking’ these obvious points, the Republican party is aiding and abetting these crimes. If someone does not do something drastic (but Constitutional) soon, we have lost America….and if fact, it may already be too late. So many patriotic Americans are looking for leaders to take us to that next VERY NECESSARY step. Do you not love your children, too?

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    • Jim Prokop
      Dec 11, 2012 - 05:25 AM

      Wow, Okie, there is enough paranoia in you post to sink a ship. How do you even sleep at night? If you are going to make such charges you had better be able to detail them other than to say….”any awake American already is.” I am pretty awake and don’t know what the hell you are talking about….do you? The President is not constitutionally or legally qualified to be in office? You must be a stinking rotten delusional birth-er as well as delusional.

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      • joshua
        Aug 01, 2013 - 05:59 PM

        You sound too self-righteous to know what you’re saying.

  3. Jim Prokop
    Dec 09, 2012 - 06:16 AM

    Sorry, but John Boehner is an honorable and good man in my opinion. He has but one major problem and that is the so-called Tea Party Representatives who are really nothing but a bunch of radicals. He and President Obama could probably hammer out a rational agreement in a couple of days. The problem is Speaker Boehner’s radicals would come after him tooth & nail. He is in a tough spot. Your plan makes about as much sense a screwing for chastity. The deficit would immediately explode if the Senate approved such a bill and the President signed it…which he would not. (Go back and look at what happened to the deficit in 1981 before you were born)The Senate would not touch it with a ten foot pole and the political class would know it was nothing but a crazy ploy. Sorry.

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