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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Why is Boehner allowing the Tea Party minority to hold sway over him? Whatever happened to the rights of the majority?

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago

    Ah, how soon you forget. Ryan was Romney’s VP candidate, remember?? Apparently LOSING to be VP entitles you to demand all the things people voted against.

  3. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    These things are much to arcane for me.
    There are 232 Republicans in the House—with 218 usually required for a majority—and simple math suggested that if 15 or so of the GOP radicals abandoned Boehner, he could lose his cherished top-dog position. Under House rules, a speaker can be challenged any time with a motion to vacate the speakership, and such a motion is privileged, meaning it zooms to the House floor, without winding through any committee, cannot be blocked by a speaker or his allies, and is subject to a full vote of the House.

    But on Capitol Hill, math is not always simple. It would take only a single rebellious tea partier in Boehner’s caucus to force a vote on a motion to boot Boehner. But such a bill, requiring a majority to pass, would probably need Democratic votes to succeed. If Boehner had the backing of half of his caucus (116 members), the coup-makers would only win if Democrats joined their effort to create a bipartisan, anti-Boehner majority. But if the Dems sat out this fight—by voting present or not showing up at all—Boehner could keep his balcony, as long as the mutinous tea partiers could not enlist a majority of the House GOP. In a much more improbable scenario, Democrats could actively protect Boehner by voting to retain him as speaker (that is, voting against the motion to vacate). If such an unlikely event were to occur, Boehner could lose the support of more than half his Republican comrades and still retain the speakership.

    As things look now, a tea party uprising in the House against Boehner would not be a guaranteed success. Boehner appears to have support from much of his caucus, which includes legislators who are angered by the tea partiers’ to-the-brink tactics and lawmakers who just like Boehner. There’s no clear sign that the Cruz-controlled faction within Boehner’s ranks could win over their colleagues for an attempt to oust Boehner. And there would be the tricky matter of finding a successor.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Boehner is afraid of the TPRs for some reason.

  5. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Thanks for the illumination Radish!

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago



  7. PuckerbrushCity

    PuckerbrushCity said, almost 3 years ago

    @ ahab….you are quite correct. wish we could get the legalized bribery (thanks to the Supremes) out of the election process. @Radish…thank you for the informative analysis…it does explain a few things.

  8. LFine

    LFine said, almost 3 years ago


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