Disgruntled House Republican Officially Launches Plot To Overthrow Boehner As Speaker

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Republican Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) filed a “motion to vacate the chair” on Tuesday night in the U.S. House of Representatives. The motion was filed in an attempt to force the election of a new Speaker of the House. Meadows’ motion was only the second of its kind in U.S. House history, and the first in over a century. A similar effort to oust the House Speaker was attempted 105 years ago, but that effort was ultimately unsuccessful.

Meadows’ resolution argued that Speaker Boehner ”endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making” and that he used the power of his office “to punish members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.” While many conservative members of the House have expressed profound dissatisfaction with Boehner’s leadership, Meadows resolution was introduced without any co-sponsors.

Meadows’ may have filed his motion in retaliation for Boehner stripping him of his Chairmanship over the Government Operations Subcommittee, after Meadows had bucked Boehner on a key trade vote. Although Meadows was eventually handed back his gavel, the rift between the two lingered.

Meadows took an apparent dig at Boehner by saying he was trying to start a “family conversation” about the direction of House leadership. The “family conversation” euphemism is a popular phrase used by Boehner to refer to contentious internal party disputes.

While Meadows’ efforts are unlikely to dislodge the current House Speaker, his attempt highlights the continuing animosity that exists between Speaker Boehner and the most conservative members of his caucus.

Boehner’s heavy-handed approach towards GOP members who do not vote the way he wants them too, combined with the uncompromising stance of Tea Party lawmakers on many pieces of legislation, all but guarantees that the conflict between the two factions will continue to simmer. Meadows’ feeble effort to topple the Speaker is likely to fall flat on its face, but it will not be the last attempt by a disenchanted Republican to try to remove Boehner from his leadership position.

27 Replies to “Disgruntled House Republican Officially Launches Plot To Overthrow Boehner As Speaker”

  1. Nothing more indicative of the Republican State of Affairs than a vote of no confidence.

    What “leadership”?

  2. Boehner needs to go, that is undisputed. But is there any reasonable House members who can move forward with allowing votes on the bills presented? Or will there be more gridlock and obstruction? As it is all the GOP lead House is there just to obstruct, deny and DO NOTHING, since Boehner took over. Is there anyone in the House that truly wants to work for the American people and not just the Koch Brothers and Tea Party Crazies?

  3. So, Boehner, the whole time you were criticizing Obama’s leadership, you were actually projecting, huh?

  4. …the Boner is the most corrupt politician to serve himself at the expense of “We the People”…this orange mutant is the Chief Projector of the Republican Potty…he never met a lie he didn’t love…{{{Spits}}}

  5. “continuing animosity that exists between Speaker Boehner and the most conservative members of his caucus.”

    Most conservative is not a good description of these people. They are uncompromising religious and/or bigoted fanatics, not conservatives. He’s just mad that Boehner hasn’t had yet another vote to kill the ACA or another Benghazi panel.

  6. They don’t run great elections. That’s why they have to suppress the vote and gerrymander districts. If they ran an fair, open election running on their policies, there wouldn’t be many Republicans in office today.

  7. I’m torn. Boner losing his seat would be a great thing, but it would mean that A) the repubs could possibly replace him with a competent leader able to push the tea party agenda better. Or they could elect an even more incompetent, ideologically hidebound leader. B)electing his replacement would throw the house into mass confusion for months. That would mean even less work on the business of the people. I’m not sure either option is a good thing.
    As a Dem and progressive I love it when the repubs cut their own throat. But is no useful work from the house until the 2016 election worth this congressman winning his motion and stopping the legislative process of this county for a year a good thing? As I said, I’m torn.

  8. Keep in mind that Obama has been wearing out the Veto stamps.

    Perchance the newer but possible improved SOTH would recognize such, and WORK something out as opposed to the Oompa Loompa we’ve got now.

  9. Me thinks that you have a comprehension problem.

    Find someone who can help you learn how to look stuff up.

    President Obama has vetoed four bills between 2009 – 2015.

  10. HAHAHAHA!!!

    The dysfunctional tea bag/repubs, when HAVE they ever been functional???


  11. This DRUNK is the worst thing ever elected.


    The 111th Congress, led by Speaker of the house democrat from California Nancy Pelosi, is one of the most productive in History, next to the 89th that came in with John William McCormack, a democrat from Massachusetts.
    ALL of course in contrast to what we have now, one of THE most unproductive Congress’s in our History with the worst SOTH Boehner.


  12. Mark Meadows is from the western end of our state up
    in them thar hills where baggers thrive. Immediately
    following DC’s midterm election decision to go decrim,
    he and a couple other idiots in Congress threatened to
    go all Anslinger over the town council and mayor. Rep.
    Meadows is just acting out his Jesse Helms heritage. No
    one except for tea drunkards voted for this buffoon.
    Another embarrassment for our state like our governor,
    two repug senators who signed the Cotten epistle to
    Iran, Helms and secession back in the 1860s!

  13. The Republicans are eating their own. Not suprised, resorting to canibalism is common among the dilutional.

  14. Can you think of a decent honest republican speaker of the house? I don’t have as many active brain cells as I used to. Sometimes I wonder if white hair is a visible symptom of dying brain cells.
    But I do have help now called Google to offset that a little.
    I remember the pimp Dennis Hastert and his reward when the news of that scandal couldn’t be hushed up. He knew too much on too many so he was allowed to become rich enough as a lobbyist to pay off the the men he sexually abused. Now that is under the rug too.

  15. I cringe every time I see something like this. This man is NOT a North Carolinian. He was born in France and raised in Fla. then typically as with so very many carpetbaggers moved to a perfect district in the NC mountains. He lives in Cashiers… Population 157 according to the 2010 census. He is a land developer that has helped steal the land from what they consider “the hillbillies” and build fancy summer homes for the very well off. And houses sold as shares to rent out as tax dodges. That kind of thing. Now the little towns are just for summer tourists.
    Typically the area was cut up to give him a new district impossible to lose in by cutting people that struggled to build that area and survive there completely out. Look it that area up, it is a very interesting read.
    He is nothing but another republican carpetbagger that has that office as a Republican Party favor. Making lots of noise for attention.

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