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  •  They're probably planning a coup... (9+ / 0-)

    ...led by Cantor, to oust Boehner as Speaker.

    If Cantor replaces Boehner as Speaker in the next few months, the freshman Republican Representatives better polish up their resumes. They'll be replaced next year by Democrats.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 09:00:25 AM PST

    •  Beware the Ides Of January Boner. (7+ / 0-)
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      •  How did Boehner ever get the job of Leader? (3+ / 0-)
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        Does it have something to do with his ability to pass out all those checks or give out cash on the House floor?  If a Democrat had done this we would be seeing it repeated on television several times a week.

         Remember what they did to that very good man by the name of Howard Dean?  Dean did an excellent job as Chairman of the Democratic Party, and it looks like he got no thanks for it.  What have they done to the fifty state strategy?  Dean  could probably have kept the House from going Republican in 2010.  They didn't even have a plan to get all those young followers of Obama to the polls in 2010.  I guess these guys don't care if Democrats don' t get elected.  

    •  I don't see this as cowtowing to Boehner (7+ / 0-)

      I think that the Tea Party Brigades didn't show up to object because that would have pissed off their colleagues.  It's easier to oust Boehner without having people pissed off at you.

      And don't take Karl Rove's admission that the Dems one this battle as an endorsement of a more moderate approach, either - to him this was a failure of messaging, and the chief failures in that message war were John Boehner and Mitch McConnell when they failed to figure out what message the Republican caucus would support prior to holding a line in negotiations.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 09:22:40 AM PST

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      •  Unanimous consent: allow something without support (1+ / 0-)
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        It might be the easiest way to get something like this through, once everyone already know the ending anyway. Everyone knew it had to happen, even the flakiest of the tea partiers. The difference with the conservative extremists, is that they'd lose credibility with their base if they cast a recorded vote for it.

        So, they'd all want it to pass, hoping enough of the others in their caucus would give up first. They could drag it out for hours or days, hoping not to be the last and most visible one to 'defect' from the 'cause'.

        For unanimous consent to pass, they just have to sit on their hands, or pretend to be busy adjusting their papers and miss the chance object. It lets the good of the country proceed, never tainting tea party politics with good policy.

        Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

        by chimpy on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 09:36:11 AM PST

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    •  It's my opinion that the rebels (0+ / 0-)

      don't have enough total votes to oust Boehner.  There are approximately 100 congresscritters who self-identify as Baggers and as proven by this Diary, not all of them have the courage of their so-called convictions.

      The office of Speaker of the House was established in 1789 through Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution.

      If Boehner were to resign, which is a possibility, there would be a new election process and both Dems and GOPers would choose their nominee, then both parties would have the opportunity to vote.  Since the GOPers hold the majority, it is a given that the new Speaker would be a GOPer.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 09:36:32 AM PST

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    •  well (0+ / 0-)

      i did see a picure of a somber (no, not sober) boehner, and a very happy Cantor.  
      Cantor as speaker might turn another thirty seats to the democrats.

      ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

      by jts327 on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 02:45:26 AM PST

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