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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:42 PM

If right-wing Republicans have their way, Paul Ryan will soon be House Speaker?

Right Wing Plotting Anti-Boehner Coup? - January 2, 2013 14:17, from Alan Colmes' Liberaland


If right-wing Republicans have their way, Paul Ryan will soon be House Speaker.

…some on the right are mobilizing to replace Boehner with a House speaker who drops Boehner’s pretense of being willing to negotiate with the White House, and who sticks more purely to extreme conservative dogma.

According to Matthew Boyle of the far-right website Breitbart News, conservative House Republicans have already laid the groundwork to do just that. Boyle reports that several members and staffers are quietly circulating a multi-step plan to oust Boehner as speaker on January 3rd. The first step of the plan would be to change House rules to elect the speaker by secret ballot instead of by a public roll-call vote; this would protect the congressmen who vote against Boehner from retribution.

The plotters are confident that such a measure would succeed, because Boehner himself has passionately argued in favor of secret ballots in the past. While opposing the Employee Free Choice Act — ironically, a favorite target of the right wing that now has Boehner in its sights — the speaker wrote a 2009 op-ed stressing that secret ballots protect against “coercion” and “intimidation.” In a document laying out the plan to oust Boehner (which can be viewed on Breitbart.com), the anonymous staffers behind the planned coup note that Boehner would be in the “impossible position of opposing secret ballot or being confronted on the Floor with his own, indicting op-ed.”

If the move to vote via secret balloting is successful, then House Republicans would be able to anonymously vote until a Republican gains the 218 votes necessary for election as speaker. According to Boyle, House Republicans are confident that Boehner would not survive a secret ballot — but that another, still-anonymous congressman, “will unite the party and take the speakership.”

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:49 PM

1. Only 217 votes will be necessary (worst case) as there will be 2 vacant seats

in the new House.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:54 PM

5. I think it states of the full House which would mean 218 needed.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:58 PM

8. No it's only an "absolute majority of the members present and voting"...


So if only 400 vote for example it would require 400/2 = 200 +1 = 201 votes.

See: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30857.pdf

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:51 PM

2. Paul Ryan? Why? Are there clean dishes in the House that need washing?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:52 PM

3. LOL! I have no idea . .

I thought all the pukes were on board for Cantor.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:54 PM

4. It'll get him out of the Congressional Weight Room

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:55 PM

7. Has a total Douche ever been elected Speaker?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:40 PM

11. Newt Gingrich

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:54 PM

6. I have been telling people that the Rs would pull a julius caesar on the speaker. This will

do it. And in secret so Mr. Boehner will not even know how many (little) votes he'll get. So Paul Ryan will be the new speaker. 3rd from the Presidency!!!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:03 PM

9. If Ryan wants to run for president in 2016, he'll tell 'em no.

It's way too high profiled of a job that leads to a great deal of conflict and tough spots for anyone who realistically wants to run for president. Look at what it's done to Boehner. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. If you hold your ground and don't budge an inch, you might be a hero to your base, but you've just killed yourself with the mainstream public and if you budge and compromise, you've just killed yourself with the base.

Ryan as Speaker ends his chances in 2016 because he's going to be the face of a failed House. He doesn't want that. He'd rather play it quiet these next couple years.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:08 PM

10. I would love to see the GOP House speaker race become all out war

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:55 PM

12. They'd better have the pitchers of water linedup at te podium. Hehe!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:09 PM

13. Paul Ryan voted for the fiscal cliff deal

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