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January 3, 2013

Boehner Out as Speaker? (Updated)


Via Ron Meyer at CNS News:

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.

Via Matthew Boyle at Breitbart:
The Speaker of the House will be elected today and some conservatives believe they have the votes necessary to oust John Boehner. In an appearance on CNBC, American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said there are more than 20 House Republicans willing to vote for someone other than Boehner on Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes to elect a Speaker. Another source from a different organization has similarly confirmed that more than 20 have planned to oppose Boehner.
If these reports hold up and Boehner is indeed going to be out, good riddance (we're talking about a guy that has never won a negotiation battle with the White House or the Senate). What matters next is who replaces him and whether or not his replacement is a true conservative that won't betray conservative principle and economic reality (this excludes House Majority Leader Eric Cantor).

Update: So much for wishful thinking ... John Boehner has been reelected as Speaker. Mark this day down as doom for the GOP.

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