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Look Beyond the Capitol for the Next Speaker


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, politics, republicans, government, economy, news, constitution )

Carrie
- 729 days ago - washingtonpost.com
On Jan. 3, the 113th House will fulfill its express constitutional duty to choose its speaker. The result may well be the reelection of Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). But events of the past week have cast some doubt on that.



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Chris C. (151)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 1:02 pm
The Republican party is shaking apart. It will be interesting to see what happens with Boehner - he isn't a favorite of mine, but we really don't want a wacko teaparty member in that position either.
 

Barb Knight (1684)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:14 pm
Boehner is not making it easy for Obama that's for sure. I hope the Congress agrees on Obama's Fiscal Cliff before Jan. 1st or else humans will be joining other species that are endangered! TY Carrie.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:07 am
fire Boehner!!!!
 

Angelica C. (84)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:24 am
What I can't understand is why everyone blames the entire mess in the House on Boehner. No one can work with the republican House. They are a bunch of tantrum-throwing morons. John McCain called the Teahadists in the House "the trolls under the bridge." He said that because none of the old guard republicans can work with them. The Teahadists do not believe in compromise and would sacrifice the entire country for their half-baked ideology, which seems to revolve around not working with the UN or the president, and providing unlimited tax breaks to billionaires. .
 

Carrie B. (318)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:45 pm
Angelica, I have to agree with you. The Tea Party trolls won't agree to anything that does not support their very narrow self serving agenda. All of this would have been settled long ago if it were not for their obstructionist behavior.
 

Roseann d. (178)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:31 pm
Someone greedier and whackier than Boehner, Scary! Teahadists....The perfect description Angelica!
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:48 am
Norman J. Ornstein lost me with, "Boehner is a decent man, and a natural legislator, who is caught in a trap."
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:42 am
Boehner is NOT a decent "man."

Boehner has been deemed as the worst Speaker of the House in US history.

The two "viable" possibilities may be Eric Cantor or Paul Ryan.... Both are just plain bad.

We need Nancy Pelosi!

Ty, Carrie.
.
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:26 pm
noted thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:24 pm
Break the Reagan rule? Oh my.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:26 pm
Any one know how hard it is to crumple your chin without some sort of strong emotion? Boehner is not right upstairs. The heavy drinking and golfing is a sign.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:24 pm
Like I've said before, "The biggest ones fall hardest."
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:05 pm
You really can't blame Boehner for a House that includes Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Allan West (at least he'll be gone), and others too numerous and crazy to mention.
 

James Maynard (68)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:44 pm
If these mentally challenged individuals could stop
for a minute and actually consider who is the best
person to lead the "House" - they would unanimously
elect Nancy Pelosi and show true bi-partisanship.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:40 am
Interesting Angelica, considering that John McCain is also a tantrum throwing moron. The problem is not exactly the Tea Bagged, it is the fact that the Repug Party governs for the upper 1-2% and absolutely no one else. There are no 'moderate' Repugs and that includes Boehner. The Repugs have become a case study in the effects of long term inbreeding, their political gene pool continues to shrink, when they do get fresh political genetic material it comes from even smaller and more politically inbred groups from the fringe, the KKK and the John Birch Society to name just two. And you can add to that the fact that their ideology has become a single source ALEC which distills a Theo-fascist Plutocratic ideology into fill in the blank legislative agendas. Repugs do not even come up with their own legislative agendas any more.
There is always the hope that enough Repug v Repug infighting could see Pelosi elected Speaker with a 200 Dem majority over the Repug factions.
 

Angelica C. (84)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:47 am
I agree with you, Lloyd. The republicans take their orders from the biggest donors to their party - the Koch brothers, who are behind ALEC 100% and represent the Bilderberg Society in this country.

And I do agree with you about McCain. It's just that every now and then, he seems to have had his fill and the truth erupts from his lips. Like during the 2008 campaign when that elderly lady at one of his rallies jumped up and said that Obama was a middle eastern terrorist. At that point, McCain had gotten enough. He told the woman the truth. He said that this was not true and that Obama was a decent man. His own crowd booed him. But for sheer tantrums, you can't beat McCain. He took a few swings at a couple of senators a few years ago. His people restrained him.
 
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