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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 04:50 PM

Report: Right wing plots coup to oust Boehner [View all]

Source: Salon/Alternet


The Ohio congressman's days as House speaker could be numbered -- and Tea Partyers appear to be keeping count

BY ADELE M. STAN, ALTERNET

When members of Congress vote next month to determine who shall lead the House, odds are increasingly dim for House Speaker John Boehner’s hold on power.

Since the failure of his Plan B proposal for extending the Bush-era tax cuts for all but the riches Americans — those with an annual income of $1 million or more — pundits and pols have been raising the spectre of a new speaker of the House come the next Congress. The pundits, for once, appear to be onto something.

At the right-wing Brietbart.com, Matthew Boyle writes of a plan by conservatives to wrest the speaker’s gavel from Boehner by changing the rules of the vote to a secret ballot, under the reasoning that, if Boehner was unable to determine who voted against him, he would be unable to visit retribution on those members should his speakership survive the vote.

Although Boyle relies entirely on unnamed sources, he obtained a document laying out the plan, which is currently being circulated among right-wing members of the House. The irony is that they plan to use Boehner’s promotion of an anti-union position favored by the Tea Party as the rationale for making the rules change.





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