There is no greater poster boy for the grand betrayal of November 2014 than Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. The sobbing, orange-tinted, pickled-liver, career politician who has never had a real job in his life has angered many conservatives over his deal cutting with Barack Obama – particularly on border control – and now they are fighting back. In a move that is more symbolic than a serious effort to topple the powerful House leader, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina has filed a motion against Boehner over his lording it over Republicans and ruthlessly punishing dissent. Boehner has been nothing short of the Neville Chamberlain of modern times with his ongoing cave ins to the Emperor of Obamastan yet keeps getting reelected and then voted back into a leadership spot.
As reported by the Washington Post in the story “GOP Congressman Launches Bid to Oust John Boehner as House Speaker”:
A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP’s right flank.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a “motion to vacate the chair,” which, if successful, would force the election of a new speaker. Such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before — 105 years ago — has it been attempted.
Meadows said Tuesday that he was trying to force a “family conversation” among Republicans on the course of congressional leadership after a series of conflicts between Boehner’s leadership team and a cadre of a few dozen conservatives.
“It’s really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work, where everybody’s voice matters, where there’s not a punitive culture,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some discussion about that in the days and weeks to come.”
Meadows was at the center of a recent tiff when he was stripped of an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee chairmanship after voting against a leadership-backed procedural vote on trade legislation. The post was restored after an uproar from fellow conservatives, but bad blood has lingered.
The resolution accuses Boehner of having “endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making” and using “the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker,” among other offenses.
He indicated Tuesday that he will not seek a vote before the recess — and he may not seek a vote after the recess, he said.
“What I’m hopeful for is this provides perhaps the impetus to have a discussion, a family discussion, where we can start talking about how we can make sure that every voice, every vote matters, and really about representing the American people,” he said. “Ultimately what I want to is to make sure everyone is treated fairly.”
If Meadows is hoping that Boehner will get the message and suddenly change his ways then he is badly mistaken, you might as well ask Obama’s tangerine-shaded footstool to swear off drinking booze. While the motion is dead on arrival it is another sign of the percolating discontent with Boehner, a man who only cares about preserving his own mangy ass and is totally devoid of principle.
The peasants aren’t in open revolt quite yet but they are window shopping for pitchforks. There are similar sentiments in the Senate where the recent Ted Cruz/Mike Lee vs. Mitch McConnell fracas shows that serious conservatives are getting damned sick and tired of having to fall in line behind an appeaser. It may only be a matter of time until a full scale war on the corrupt, entrenched establishment leadership breaks out which would be a very good thing for this country.