Is The End Near For Boehner As House Speaker?

Is The End Near For Boehner As House Speaker?

 

As Congress prepares to deal with issues like Planned Parenthood funding and another debt ceiling increase this fall, Politico reports Ohio Rep. John Boehner may be in his final days as Speaker of the House.

The first challenge to Boehner is expected in the coming weeks from the House floor via a “motion to vacate the chair” being led by Rep. Mark Meadows.

According to Politico:

Top lawmakers and aides in leadership expect Meadows or another Boehner antagonist to try and force a vote before the end of the year on whether to keep Boehner as speaker.

Boehner is nearly certain to lose the support of the 25 lawmakers who voted against him last time, plus a few more who’ve grown frustrated with him. But Democrats would also get a say, and should they vote to keep Boehner as speaker — opposing him would invite chaos, and it’s anyone’s guess who they’d have to deal with as his replacement — Boehner would likely retain the gavel until January 2017, unless he decided to call it quits sooner. Meadows did not force a vote in July, but GOP leadership assumes someone will this fall.

While he will likely survive a challenge from Meadows and House conservatives on the floor this fall, even Boehner allies believe the Speaker will have a hard time winning re-election to the post in 2017.

Some argue he should announce this will be his last term as Speaker, though that could harm House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to succeed Boehner by enabling House Conservatives to organize a takeover of the Speaker’s chair.

Will Boehner survive? Even his friends in D.C. are unsure of what his future holds:

Though most Boehner allies believe he will be the one leading the charge over the next 15 months, his political future is in others’ hands more than ever before…Boehner allies privately acknowledge the daunting challenge. “Who knows?” one ally said when asked if Boehner could beat back a coup attempt. “I don’t know. I don’t know how you change this dynamic.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think anything will come of this but he is nothing more than another liberal in Obama’s pocket. Bush is another Boehner and another liberal in republican clothing along with some others running for president. Trump has a very strong support and I only wish that people would look harder at Cruz as he is an exceptional candidate and has stood with true conservatives all along even before his last election.

    • Trump is demonstrating the weakness of the arguments on the other side. He is showing that the campaign advisers are truly out of touch with the American people. Most of us want a fighter. If someone is lying, most people are not offended at all when the liar is labeled as such. I too support Cruz and believe that he is the smartest guy in the room. There are numerous debates and time for him to shine. In the meantime, I will be entertained by Trump continuing to to poke the left in their numerous soft spots.

    • I too like Cruz, but Trump has a term the libs liked to use in the past called gravitas. He has stature, power and intelligence and I think will have his way with the deadbeat republicans in there now! The media has been trying to diminish, shun and spit at trump as his pol numbers go up with conservative voters like me that have had their fill of the stench produced by this congress!

  2. Boehner’s departure cannot happen soon enough. Surely there is one person in OH 8th who has the ability to distinguish between what is in our country’s best interests and not bow to the leftists’ wishes.

  3. John Boehner has been owned by Obama since day one, It can’t be explained any other way than that Obama has some very bad pictures or other blackmail threat on Boehner being dead drunk or similar. Nothing else make any sense!

  4. After the demonstrated destructive Boehner reign I am surprised he has lasted this long. He is as responsible for Obamas agenda as anyone. Actually helping Obama to achieve liberty destroying policies. Must be something in the water in Ohio to keep electing this guy repeatedly. But there is also something wrong with the Republican Party to have left him as Speaker this long. So disgraceful has Boehner been I do not tell people I am Republican preferring Conservative and I sure do not contribute anymore to the RNC or NRCC.

  5. I like Perry but standing up for the illegals shows that he is not the man for president…We must remove all the illegals and prevent the refugees from coming to destroy our country as Obama has planned…Remove Obama instead.

  6. Boehner definitely needs to go, but Kevin McCarthy would be just as bad as Boehner. We need a “True” Conservative as the Leader. McConnell needs to go also, he is an Obama man as much as Reid.

  7. Our country, with the help, of the establishment Republicans, is being destroyed with progressive policies. Conservatives are fed up with the Republican leadership (John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, et.al.) The 2010 and 2014 elections of strong conservatives in spite of the lack of support of party leadership, the miserable outcome in the 2012 elections orchestrated by progressive Republicans and the popularity of Donald Trump with his straight talk should be enough evidence to prove the failure of the current party leadership and support a change to true “Tea Party” Conservatives. If Boehner doesn’t resign he should be voted out along with his RINO buddies. We want our country back.

  8. Bohner needs to vacate in order for Republicans to accomplish what the voters have voted for in the past two elections. He has been counter to what Republicans who gave the majorities were promised.

  9. Trump and Cruz are fighting the battle that needs to be fought , albeit in two different vehicles, but racing for the same effective goal. Go Ted and Donald.

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