Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:33 AM
TomCADem (7,751 posts)
"Ousting the speaker: House Republicans' long history of regicide"
Interesting story talking about the growing propensity of Republicans to take out their leaders. If anything, this underscores why Boehner has been such a weak speaker who has been willing to let a radicalized minority of the House set the agenda. At best, Boehner is merely a reasonable sounding figurehead for the nihilistic members of the Republican House. While a more extreme Republican Speaker could overtake Boehner, at least it could serve to take the lipstick off of the pig that has become the heart of the Republican party,
The question is how can anyone negotiate on behalf of the Republican party when there is someone out there who is ready to usurp you by claiming that they are even more purely right wing than the current Speaker. If anything the threat of a backstabbing will render Boehner even more ineffective as a spokesperson for the House majority when it comes to negotiations. Thus, expect another endless stream of symbolic votes designed to pander to and please the radical right.
After a painful rejection by his own party in his attempt to pass a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is at the center of ouster talks. While Boehner is undoubtedly still in a strong position, past history might give him some reasons to worry. House Republicans have had a propensity, throughout the 20th century, for periodically getting rid of their leaders.
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