Today is a big day in the House of Representatives.
Today is the day Boehner is expecting to be re-elected by House members to the second most powerful position in Washington.
Today we learn whether 247 House Republicans are awake, fully conscious and reading the polls that show House Speaker John Boehner is even more unpopular with voters than Barack Obama.
A Pat Caddell poll taken the last week of December shows only 25 percent of Republicans want Boehner back as speaker. Fully 60 percent oppose him. We can safely assume every Democrat opposes him – with the exception of Barack Obama, who has gotten everything he could want from Boehner, including funding for Obamacare and an amnesty program Republicans universally characterized as "illegal and unconstitutional."
But it's not just Boehner's unpopularity with grass-roots voters that should worry House Republicans. What should concern them more is his leadership over the last four years that has made him Obama's No. 1 enabler, political co-dependent, facilitator, appeaser, placate and partner in crime.
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but Boehner had the power to shut down Obamacare four years ago. How? By denying funds for it, which is what Americans voted them into power to do in 2010. Boehner had many opportunities to do that. Yes, Obama would have huffed and puffed and accused Republicans of shutting down the government. So be it. When you've got lawless, extra-constitutional, unlimited government, it deserves to be shut down.
Boehner didn't just flinch.
He never even considered such a course of action.
He came in to power in January 2011 pledging to be Obama's pooch. And he's lived up to the promise – making sure Obama always had the money he needed even when Washington had to borrow it from future generations.
Following Boehner's latest capitulation to Obama after he was handed a mandate by voters in November, I started a grass-roots campaign to dump him as speaker. As you read this, as a result of that campaign, some 550,000 individually addressed and personalized letters are being delivered to House Republicans urging them to choose another House speaker.
I'm announcing today, that if House Republicans quiver in fear for their careers and committee assignments and send Boehner back to the speaker's office we will continue the "Don't Be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now!" campaign indefinitely.
The good news is that it will take just 29 House Republicans with guts to deny Boehner re-election. Should 29 stand up and vote for someone else, it could spell the end for Obama's poochie. At this point, almost anyone would be an improvement.
But now that Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas has declared his candidacy, it makes it a lot easier to oppose Boehner. It's no longer a question of no alternative. There is a declared alternative – the eminently principled former judge and unimpeachable conservative Louie Gohmert.
The House Republicans have real power, and they need a leader who is willing to use it to save the country from ruin, not a collaborator in its demise.
There are some promising signs besides Gohmert's announcement:
- Ted Yoho of Florida has also declared his candidacy.
- Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., has announced he will oppose Boehner. He sees it pretty much like me: "The day after Republicans won the largest majority in the House of Representatives in almost 100 years and won a significant majority in the Senate, our liberal activist president claimed to hear the voices of all the people who didn't vote. It was another example of stunning obstinacy from this president. It seemed Democrats were melting down, Republicans were unified, and all we had to do was buy enough time to get our Republican reinforcements to Washington in January. Like President Obama, Speaker John Boehner must have heard voices that didn't vote. Together, they crafted the CR/omnibus, a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funded the government for 10 months and blocked our newest elected Republicans from advancing conservative policy and delivering on campaign promises. With this vote, Republicans gave away the best tool available to rein in our liberal activist president: the power of the purse. The power of the purse is Congress' constitutional strength."
- Thomas Massie, R-Ohio, said he will not support fellow Ohioan Boehner for a third term, either, characterizing House Republican leadership as a "significant source of the dysfunction" in Washington.
- Walter Jones, R-N.C., announced he would vote against Boehner.
- Steve King, R-Iowa, announced he would vote against Boehner.
- Dave Brat, R-Va., announced he would vote against Boehner.
- Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., announced he would vote against Boehner.
- Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., announced he would vote against Boehner.
- Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., opposed Boehner in 2013, though he has not announced his plans for today.
- Justin Amash, R-Michigan, opposed Boehner in 2013. No word on his plans for today.
- Steve Pearce, R-N.M., opposed Boehner in 2013. No word on his plans today.
- Gary Palmer, a new Republican from Alabama, pledged in his campaign to oppose Boehner.
- Jody Hice, R-Ga., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, both said prior to the 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner.
That's only 15!
But I have to believe another 14 anti-Boehner votes can be found, forcing an additional vote or votes until an alternative can be found. This is the most important vote House Republicans will cast for the next two years. The grass-roots will be watching them carefully. And, more importantly, if they fall in line with Boehner, they are falling in line with Obama and the "fundamental transformation of America" that is already under way.
Pray real hard for House Republicans to find some backbone.
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