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Boehner re-elected House speaker

Boehner re-elected House speaker

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal.

Rumors spread by a fledgling conservative group, on social network sites and talk radio claimed Boehner would be deposed. However, only nine Republicans voted for someone other than Boehner – 16 Republican votes were needed to block his reelection.

Democrats nominated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to oppose Boehner for the speaker’s chair. She received 192 votes from Democrats.

Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans, but he voted for Boehner for speaker.

However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that “arm twisting” on Boehner’s behalf was “very intense” with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speaker’s reelection.

Huelskamp is one of four Republican lawmakers who lost key committee assignments recently for reportedly voting against issues that were important to Boehner.

“The intimidation and pressure was intense, there are a lot of people that wanted to vote no and today, the last call, the last twisting of arms, convinced them not to do that,” Huelskamp said.

“And certainly my vote was one of no confidence. I want conservative leadership, and that has not been provided by the speaker,” Huelskamp said.

Asked specifically who was intimidated to cast their votes for Boehner, Huelskamp declined to name names.

Huelskamp did add that one freshman lawmaker was called prior to the vote and told their committee seat was “probably gone if you vote your conscience.”

Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-Ariz.) also lost a committee assignment, but has since patched up his differences with the speaker and voted for Boehner.

The speaker of the House does not have to be an elected member to serve. The handful of Republicans who opposed Boehner cast votes for former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), Cantor, and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), while some Democrats voted for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and former Secretary of State Colin Powell instead of Pelosi.

Following the vote, Boehner fought back tears as he told the packed House that the oath of office they were all preparing to take made no mention of party politics, factions, agendas or platforms.

“This covenant makes us servants of posterity,” Boehner said. “It calls us to refuse the pull of passing interests and follow the fixed star of a more perfect union. Put simply, we are sent here not to be something, but to do something – to do the right thing. It’s a big job, and it comes with big challenges,” Boehner said.

“At $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state. The American dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. Break its hold, and we begin to set our economy free.  Jobs will come home.  Confidence will come back,” Boehner said.

“So if you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place. The door is behind you,” Boehner said.

“If you have come here humbled by the opportunity to serve; if you have come here to be the determined voice of the people; if you have come here to carry the standard of leadership demanded not just by our constituents but by the times, then you have come to the right place,” Boehner said.

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  • jwebsmall

    If the GOP won’t throw this bump out we can in 2014 by denying the GOP the majority in the house. Third party NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Sabrina97669030 Sabrina Harrison

    I want conservative leadership, and that has not been provided by the speaker,” Huelskamp said. http://www.Obamafinanceprojects2013.qr.net/j4ci/forward=Hs4Ma-7J0cyg

  • http://twitter.com/gojirascooter gojira scooter

    If they had voted for anyone other than Boehner, the GOP vote would have been split and Pelosi might have become speaker. Lesser of two evils in the Tea Party members’ eyes, since he is, at least in name, a Republican.

  • ritaxednorep

    Yeah!! The 112th is no more! The very same folks who created the fiscal cliff, take credit for ending it. Real American Hero’s. We need a third party.

  • http://www.jonesfamily.us/ Ron Jones

    This is just the sort of perfidy, and casuistry I would expect from anyone who has come under the influence of the Jesuits (a.k.a. “the engineer corps of Hell”)

  • Borghesius

    But I would have expected him to be more adept at it!

    This is why St. Ignatius Loyola had so many extra provisions regarding Obedience in his Rule. The Jesuits are like the Little Girl with the Little Curl: “When they are good they are very good, but when they are bad they are horrid”.

    I wish you had met and gone to some of the retreats with John Hardon S.J. A truly saintly man who was treated badly by his order. At one of those, with his characteristic little smile, he pointed out that one of the alternative definitions of Jesuitical was deceitful.

  • http://www.theconservativereview.com Marcus Porcius

    Once again, why I am no longer a Republican.

    And for those of you who scream “but you’ll just let the Democrats win if you vote third party” here’s a news flash for you: they ARE winning.

    No matter who is “in charge” they get what they want because “our” side caves and bends over faster than a two-dollar hooker.

    If I have to choose between losing and voting for the Constitution or voting for “the only real choice” and seeing the Constitution ignored and trampled anyway, it’s not a very hard choice to make.

    I’d rather go down fighting than just go down on my knees like Boehner does.

  • S. Strengari

    Yet again our “conservative” and “Tea Party” Republicans when it comes down to it showed us they have no spine. I wonder if perhaps even more people stay at home next election they will get the picture? Interesting enough Boehner managed to grow a set when he confronted Harry Reid after he was personally insulted. Why can’t he show this resolve and articulate conservative principles to the American people when it is not all about him? And who else was a possibility? Cantor?!? LOL, our entire leadership in Congress has proved ineffective; they do not deserve those positions because they have proved incompetent. Maybe after the Democrats obtain a super-majority in both houses of Congress and hold onto the Presidency Republicans will realize they are NOTHING if they do not have the conservatives behind them.

  • S. Strengari

    It was impossible for Pelosi to become Speaker if she did not receive more than 50% of the vote. And why should we hitch our cart to that weepy and incompetent communicator? He, like Bush (for better or worse), have held the reigns of power while the Republican label became toxic because they are incapable of responding effectively.

  • Dustoff

    BBR…. lol

  • Dustoff

    Like dumb old george Bush. Hitler Bush.
    My real short memory fool.

  • S. Strengari

    Exactly! How can they expect to attract new voters while they manage to tick off the rest of us who have stuck with them (and only because we hope they are at least some-what Conservative)? This alleged majority in the House maintained by gerrymandering will not continue for the long term. Our Republican “leaders” and Establishment are single-handily leading to the demise of an actual conservative party. Yet they expect us to sacrifice our dwindling take home pay every election so they can pi$% it away!

  • abc2xyz

    The GOP can do a favor to our country. GOP Congress, resign in masse and give almost 160 Millions/year back towards deficit reduction . Your absence from Washington, DC won’t alleviate in any way country’s damage done by Obama and Democrats. GOP congress pack your bags and go home . Good riddance !

  • Wxcynic

    The speaker’s job right now is a tough go. It is significant that no one challenged him. Maybe no one wants this job when it is a tough sell to get anything done in this divisive era. Trying to get a majority vote on anything is like herding cats especially since even the repubs won’t compromise with themselves. I’m suprised he gets anything done.

  • Borghesius

    In the Senate, Reid doesn’t even try to do anything, and gets away with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.craig.7 Robin Conley Craig

    We have a party of COWARDS. Boehner is a political whore.

  • redware

    The GOP(Gelded Old Party) is finished.Even the tea party members are losing their gonads!

  • http://www.davidsmusings.com/ David

    I’ve sent my last donation to the GOP as long as Weeper of the House John Boehner is the man in charge.

  • terry1956

    no, unless enough republicans voted for peloski she would have not got it because it takes a majority not a plurality.
    Of course there may be enough gutless wonders and crooks in the GOP in the House to put the wicked witch of the west in.
    Boston Mary is right, not even 16 were willing to vote against Bohner they should not only hold their head in cowardly shame they need primary challeges to make sure they don’t get another term.

  • terry1956

    not a new party but the local Tea Parties and Constitition Party members and Libertarian Party members need to take over the Republican Party.

  • terry1956

    A third party might win in some districts in some states like Georgia where they have run offs general if no one gets over 50%.
    Georgia requires a run off in both the primary and general.
    In GA. it would be maybe a good idea in a district to run a Tea Party Member in the primary and in the general run with the Constitution Party in the General if a beltaway Republican wins the primary and primary run off.
    Although in GA they may only allow the Constitution Party to be listed as Indepedent.
    In Tennessee the Constitution Party and Green Party so far I think are the only third parties that can be listed other than Indepedent although I think the LP came close but in TN. we sadly don’t have run off elections.

  • terry1956

    Well to many of them who went in as Tea Party people anyway, not all.

  • terry1956

    well to many of them showed they have no backbone but not all.
    Still it only took 16 isn’t that less than 8% of the GOP.
    So what percentage actually had the spine, wisdom and ethics to vote against him, was it at least 5%?

  • terry1956

    don’t send to the RNC for sure until then but depending on your local party send it there.
    If most of the local GOP parties are controled by RINOS then work with local Tea Parties to take over enough local parties in the district.

  • sabrose

    Boehner seeks compromise with a bunch of miscreants many of whom lead perverse personal lives and come from an incomplete family structure(Clinton ,Obama and Reed all were abandoned by their fathers) . He might as well be Neville Chamberlin declaring a peace for our time.

  • sabrose

    Perverse and vulgar liberals always with your minds in the gutter.

  • BostonMary

    Is it too much to ask the House to replace the Blubbering, Boo-Boo Baner with a real man who can stand up to the Indonesian intent on destroying Our Country?

  • BostonMary

    The Jesuits can’t perform miracles, B. What the Midwest Nice Romney kept saying about Chicago-Gangsta Obama is more applicable to the Blubbering Boo-Boo Baner, “He’s a nice fellow. He’s just in over his head.”

  • Robert

    He had to sell out the people in order to keep his job .But his day will come when God shows all the cowards on Congress who is really in charge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robort.james.9 Robort James

    The Republican have no back bone !! Just lip service.

  • mollymmm

    Cowards all of them !

  • eewell

    Boehner has a big target on his back by the TEA party in 2014.

  • Charie

    I think it behooves us to remember that anything our Republican leaders say or do is filtered through the news media. I should think the majority of what they say in reply to anything is figuratively left on the cutting room floor. An expert editor can make a comedy out of a tragedy. How many times have they taken a sound bite and made it say the opposite of what the speaker actually said??

    I understand that, unlike the Democrats, we like to beat up our own. It’s one of the things I love and hate about Republicans. They think as individuals, not as superbly trained automatons. But, we do flog our own unmercifully, even when it goes against our own best interests.

  • Charie

    Third Party NO! We got Obama back in office because of Libertarians and fundamentalists who would either not vote or voted for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. If I remember correctly, Johnson received over a million votes. Had just Conservatives all voted for Romney we wouldn’t have had Obama in Hawaii on vacation, he would have been there permanently.

    Bad idea! And no, Romney isn’t a Socialist just like Obama!

  • jwebsmall

    We got Obama back because of the GOP establishment refused to allow a true conservative to be their nominee! It’s the same reason we got Clinton. The GOP establishment is the problem not the rank and file. And you will continue loosing as long as you put up RINO’s. If Beohner doesn’t go in 2014 the GOP can forget about winning in 2016.

  • rosech

    Yep, once they get elected, they switch their oaths of allegiance to us, the People, don’t they. Boehner is not a good speaker, too long in Congress, and a RINO, so what’s to like? Repubs need a check up from the neck up. Glad I quit that party years ago and became an Independent. Well, now in 2014 are we ready to really make real changes or just hope along on a RINOs and so-called moderates and more than 2 terms in office.

  • rosech

    I was taught by Jesuits and believe me they would be outdone by RINOs, liberals, Demos and above all, Obama!

  • Charie

    And they won because of those third party voters! It makes no difference what part of your anatomy you go down on you still end up flat on your back in the dirt! Do I say we should immediately bend and then ask for more? No. Of course not, but going Third Party the way the situation is right now is asking for more without even bothering to bend first!!

    I have a question that I think needs answering. The Dems and news media have done a number on the Tea Parties. When will the Tea Parties begin to let the rest of the country in on the fact that we’re the Good Guys (I am a Tea Party member myself). Just repeating over and over, “We always clean up after ourselves” doesn’t go far to inspire people. I know this is never going to become a political party because too many of our “leaders” want to keep the leadership to themselves. This happens time after time. When people put the Cause before their own egos we might be able to, but until then, no.

  • rosech

    This is a good sound suggestion. So, let’s work on it now to be ready for 2014. Carping, complaining, talking are not going to get anything done. Action is needed.

  • Charie

    I keep saying, the news media is in charge of what gets reported and the Dems are the ones who are behind the big controversies. Does that add to your info?

  • Charie

    Paul was on a local conservative talk show telling why he voted the way he did. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel didn’t report it at all. Not a mention and only in sound bites on TV. Now that should tell you where the big problem lies. Getting Conservatives’ news out is almost impossible and considering most people get their news from either the local newspaper or TV (mostly TV) it amounts to complete censorship of Conservatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-J-Nellett/1580432719 Michael J Nellett

    So what is the difference between the Progressive Democrats and Republicans? Nothing you say? Let that be a lesson to the Tea Party. We need to find another Lee Atwater to finally defeat these losers. If they want to fight dirty and bully, I guess we need a bigger bully, and a better fighter.

  • 14usa

    Bullying tactics. A page out obamas personality profile. We now know what the closed door sessions were about. Politicians were considered leaders in the past.

  • Charie

    Tea Partiers stand united only in their desire to not be taxed more and for government to stop spending. They’re also mostly a religious group of many religions. They are all individuals and don’t stand in unison for practically any other thing. Our Conservative legislators don’t have any weight to throw around. Check out the list of legislators and see how many are Tea Party Conservatives! I believe our Tea Party Senator, Ron Johnson, is breaking his heart, trying to fight against the Dems and entrenched establishment Republicans. BTW, he’s included in the statements by those of you who say they’re all no good crooks!

    All of you here keep asking, “Why didn’t they say more? Do more? Protest more?” They cannot get the word out through the media blanket. It’s much more insidious than you know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.cordon.1 Bob Cordon

    Boehner has been alone with Obama too often; he sounds JUST like him! Full of crap and a major hypocrite to boot. He threatened members to get votes for himself. What a dick.

  • Sully4us

    I’m sure he got Pelosi’s vote !!!!!

  • PPTA

    What a tragity to conservitives, Four year years he has done nothing for us but continually agree with Democrats, So the House re-elects him? What a joke. He isn’t a conservitive at all.

  • http://christiancitizenshipforum.blogspot.com/ OneCitizenOfTheRepublic

    Screw them all…Traitors to the republic

  • gavinwca

    They can not stand up to the establishment party they surely can not stand up to Baracko Clause. This party is lost I am looking other places for men/women with caracter. The republicans have none.

  • gavinwca

    Do not keep falling for this crap.

  • Kioga

    Time to go Tea Partying, and out of the National Republican Committee influence that’s killing the Conservatives !

  • terry1956

    We got Obama back in office because of vote rigging.

  • terry1956

    Notice here what I’m saying in Georgia in state, local and congressional races one can now win a election with just the most votes because they must get over 50%.
    if no one gets a majority of the votes in both the primaries and general then a run off election is held between the top 2.
    Thus in GA. its much easier to run Tea Party Republicans in the Primary against a Beltway Republican and possibly a beltway ringer acting tea party, then a real Tea Party person has a better chance of winning in a run off election.
    If none of the real Tea Party members makes it to the run off or one does and loses to the RINO then another Tea Party member who did not run in the primary can run in the general as a Independent or if the state allows Third Party names on the ballot as Constitution Party, Conservative Party or Libertarian Party or maybe a fusion of the three- Tea Party.
    If the Tea Party person and the RINO split the vote in the general giving the democrat the most votes since its likely the democrat still will not have the majority of the votes in the Georgia races then either the Tea Party person or the Rino will go up against the democrat in the run off and the democrat will likely lose.

  • terry1956

    Then they have to By Pass that media blanket.

  • terry1956

    Boston Mary but we don’t want George to get over with his nonsense either.
    Dusty is doing a good job in keeping George in check.

  • terry1956

    We can’t let the MSM stop us, By pass them.

  • Doug Carlow

    this “man” has no backbone. We need someone that will stand up to the Dictator Obama!
    If he is not willing to do this than he need’s to be replaced, NOW!!!

  • imanolemainer

    I quit giving the GOP donations after the 2008 election. I’m sick and tired of not being fairly represented and I’m LIVID with Boehner for the stunt he pulled with the conservative committee chairs. He speaks of the convenants of public service but acts like a cheap political hack. I’ll not send another single red cent to the Republican Party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Rhea/1317859812 Dennis Rhea

    That is what I want to know, were the Tea Party members. I know the big B used armed twisting to get his way.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XAGBX37H3BVSXD3RSOACGFYJRI boyd

    Sunshine laws anyone? Boehner too big a coward to allow secret ballot. One in the morning voting on a fiscal cliff deal. Have to pass the bill to find out what is in it. Then after stealing the vote, Boehner opens his mouth and out comes bs.