House Conservatives Seek to Depose Boehner

By:  Michael Tennant
04/11/2014
       
House Conservatives Seek to Depose Boehner

A group of conservative congressmen is hoping to replace John Boehner and possibly other House leaders with members who will more closely adhere to the Constitution.

Are John Boehner’s (shown in photo) days as Speaker of the House numbered? If a company of conservative Republicans in that chamber has its way, they are — but don’t start counting them down just yet.

According to National Journal, “the ‘nucleus’ of the rebellion can be found inside the House Liberty Caucus,” which counts among its members Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, all of whom refused to vote for Boehner’s reelection as Speaker in 2013. Fed up with what they see as a combination of fecklessness and betrayal on the part of the GOP leadership, the congressmen are assembling a coalition of likeminded colleagues to oust Boehner and, further, to ensure that whoever replaces him knows on which side his bread is buttered.

It is certainly true that little meaningful conservative legislation has become law during Boehner’s speakership. Some of that can be blamed on the fact that Democrats have controlled the Senate and the White House throughout his tenure. At the same time, however, Boehner seemed to have no stomach for opposing many government-growing bills or using his leverage on those bills to obtain significant concessions from Democrats. In the last four years, the House has voted 54 times to repeal or amend ObamaCare, but few of those bills — and, of course, none of the repeals — have become law. Meanwhile, ObamaCare funding, Planned Parenthood grants, and countless other unconstitutional expenditures have continued unabated despite the House’s power to stanch their cash flow.

“There are no big ideas coming out of the conference. Our leadership expects to coast through this election by banking on everyone’s hatred for Obamacare,” one Republican who is organizing the rebellion told National Journal. “There’s nothing big being done. We’re reshuffling chairs on the Titanic."

In fact, the only time the leadership has appeared willing to play hardball was when it needed to surmount opposition within Republican ranks. One such instance, still in recent memory, has not exactly endeared House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia to his conservative colleagues, the magazine reported:

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