Conservatives are increasingly unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner. Within days of the presidential election, Boehner had once again signaled a willingness to raise tax revenues. To make matters worse, House leadership punished fiscally conservative members of the GOP caucus by removing them from key committee assignments.
The reaction from conservatives has been one of anger, and understandbly so. They’re concerned about Boehner’s leadership in the “fiscal cliff” debate, worried that House Republicans are ready and willing to sellout their principles to cut a deal. Some conservatives are even going as far as calling for him to be ousted. American Majority Action (AMA), a conservative group which launched the #FireBoehner hashtag on Twitter, is asking House Republicans to replace to Boehner:
The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner.
“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.”
Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members to abstain from supporting him in January. That’s because Boehner needs 218 votes to become Speaker again. Seeing as there are 233 House Republicans next Congress, and assuming no Democrats would vote for Boehner as Speaker, if 16 conservative Republicans abstain from voting, Boehner wouldn’t regain the Speakership.
“The Conservative Movement doesn’t realize we only need 16 House votes to block Boehner from becoming Speaker,” Ryun said. “House rules demand nominees for speaker to receive a majority—at least 218 votes—to win election. If 16 members abstain, Boehner only has 217 votes.”
It’s not going to happen, but this is indicative of the frustration out there right now with House Republicans. The hopes were high in during the 2010 mid-term election, but not much, if anything, has been accomplished and they see a new sellout almost everyday.