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  •  Who were (1+ / 0-)
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    the nine Republicans who broke ranks and voted against  Boehner?

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:41:49 AM PST

    •  The List (17+ / 0-)

      From Aaron Blake:

      Below is a look at the defectors, whom they voted for, and our best guess as to why it wasn’t Boehner:

      Rep. Eric Cantor (3 votes)
      Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) — conservative freshman who defeated Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) in a primary
      Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) — very conservative
      Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) — conservative freshman who defeated Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) in a primary

      Former congressman Allen West (2)
      Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) — noted conservative maverick, Club for Growth favorite
      Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) — outspoken conservative

      Rep. Raul Labrador (1)
      Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — libertarian ally of former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), recently stripped of committee assignments by House GOP leadership

      Rep. Jim Jordan (1)
      Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — very conservative, recently stripped of committee assignments

      Former comptroller general David Walker (1)
      Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) — frequently votes against his party, recently stripped of committee assignments

      Amash (1)
      Rep. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) — freshman conservative, favorite of the Club for Growth

      Voting present (1)
      Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) — has criticized Boehner for “being too harsh with conservatives“

      Not voting (3)
      Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) — conservative, frequent critic of Boehner
      Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) — critic of Boehner’s “Plan B” maneuver on the “fiscal cliff”
      Boehner — speaker traditionally does not vote for himself or herself

      •  Thanks! eom (1+ / 0-)
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        Heart of the Rockies

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:50:07 AM PST

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        DRo, tb mare, Heart of the Rockies

        maybe you should post list as diary, with little commentary explaining how much you admire these fine noble patriots (okay, forget last part.. just being an asshole)
        thanks for list

      •  Still can't believe Stockman's back in Congress (0+ / 0-)

        Talk about a bad penny.

        But with the exception of Jones (a noted maverick), these are all teabaggers and similar nutter-types. So it's a good indication of the type of resistance the Drunk Weepy Oompa-Loompa will get going forward.

      •  also Colin Powell (3+ / 0-)
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        The U.S. Constitution puts no limits on who can be a candidate for speaker of the House, so Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, decided he wouldn’t, either, when the race for that job took place Thursday during the opening of the 113th Congress.

        Cooper cast his vote not for Nancy Pelosi, as some might have expected, but for Colin Powell, 75, who was the first African-American to serve as secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

      •  I'd like to know who chickened out. (0+ / 0-)

        "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

        by SottoVoce on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:39:47 AM PST

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      •  In that may be the only hope for progress in this (1+ / 0-)
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        These fundamentalist groups, in churches and politics, have a tendency to splinter under pressure. I used to laugh when one of those churchs split over some doctrinal mouse and then the factions split into "new storefront churches" over a doctrinal ant. These political fundies are not that different.

        There is possibly a majority of the House that can be put the country ahead of politics. There is not a majority of the TP/GOP that can under the "Hastert rule." Whether the weak Speaker will do it or it can be accomplished by other means that House majority needs to emerge.

        A real push by Democrats across the board can probably force that split. My main reservation is that Obama has shown a characteristic of presidents originating from legislatures and academia in being far too invested in reason and negotiation to deal with insanity on the other side. Those with long, effective executive or military backgrounds have tended to be more willing to shift from negotiation to outright pressure in order to fracture such blocs and pressure individuals.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:24:41 AM PST

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      •  Boehner (0+ / 0-)

        did vote for himself in the end. Kind of embarrassing for him but he was re-elected.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:57:46 AM PST

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