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  •  We know that Boehner is weak (5+ / 0-)

    & ineffective but, unfortunately, this country is stuck with him until we can take back the House.  If Boehner steps down then Cantor is ready to walk over him for the Speaker position and, believe me, that will be worse.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 12:04:23 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think Cantor wants the job. (2+ / 0-)
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      I think Cantor is the bully that pushes his lackey out to pull the trigger and look like the bad guy.  Bullies sometimes need a front man.  Agent Orange is stuck with the job for now.

      One of the things that the tea party reps are doing to a fault is refusing to learn and discuss the issues.  If they do that, then they have to speak at length to the issue and make fair trades.  That isn't happening and if a true tea screamer goes at it for any length of time, they will reveal the insanity and lose some repub voters that are not tea voters.

      Tea reps have too much at risk being in a leadership position.

      •  I don't either (1+ / 0-)
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        I think he could have had it if he wanted it in January.

      •  In that case (0+ / 0-)

        Boehner can resign the position and get rid of the headache and let the Tea Party take it over.  

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:23:54 PM PDT

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        •  Well, the extra $50,000 in salary (0+ / 0-)

          is probably what keeps him thinking it is worth the headache.  The average Rep. gets about $175k and majority/minority leaders get about $195k, and the Speaker gets about $225k.  I have often imagined Boehner thinking about the money as he suffers the stress of the tea screamers on one side and the dems on the other.

          Worth noting is what keeps Cantor from jumping on that $225k.  What does he get for not grabbing that job when he could have it?  He gives up $$ but what does he get in return?

          •  Cantor is wealthy I believe (1+ / 0-)
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            Though his wife's family and who knows, maybe he sees the job will have headaches for him also.  

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

            by Rosalie907 on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 09:55:26 PM PDT

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    •  What abput a discharge petition? (3+ / 0-)
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      If we took the matter out of Boehner's hands, would there be enough Republicans who have at least a tenuous connection to Mother Earth to side with the Democrats?

      I hope we're not allowing Boehner's sense of self-importance get in the way of real solutions.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 06:23:12 PM PDT

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      •  Normally... (2+ / 0-)
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        I'd think that particularly on an appropriations issue a discharge petition would be a non-starter for any rep who didn't want his office assignment to be a basement mens' room. Given that Boehner is perfectly fine with half his committee chairs defying him on the Farm Bill vote (in a normal world they would no longer be committee chairs)...seems like it'd be worth a try!

      •  All Republicons (0+ / 0-)

        Are afraid of siding with Democrats which will open them up to a primary challenger who is further right and defeat in the primary.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:35:25 PM PDT

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