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  •  The speaker doesn't have to be a House member? (0+ / 0-)

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 04:25:37 PM PDT

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    •  No, Speaker doesn not need to be a House member (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Johnson, skohayes

      However, we have never had one that wasn't.

      It might take the very uncommon circumstanced we are currently experiencing for a majority of House members to elect a Republican (with the help of 200 Democrats) House Speaker who isn't a member. It would certainly not be Ted Cruz, but what elder statesman could attract 200 Democratic votes and 20 GOP votes to be a caretaker Speaker? I think Bob Dole is too old, but someone like him?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 04:30:41 PM PDT

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