Should a conservative Congress oust Boehner over fiscal cliff talks?

The talks over the looming fiscal cliff show that Speaker John Boehner may not be fit to continue leading the Republican party 


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PHOENIX, December 10, 2012- Speaker John Boehner’s unwillingness to hold the line against President Obama’s hypocritical approach to the fiscal cliff negotiations show it might be time for conservatives to take the speaker gavel away.

While there has been no real movement towards a fiscal cliff deal, Speaker Boehner did move to evict key conservatives from top budget committees for their dissent to his budget proposal.

After Reps. Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp, David Schweikert, and Walter Jones were removed from their budget committees, conservatives lambasted Boehner and felt as though he was shutting them out of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Those 31 members on the House Steering Committee that removed these conservative congressmen have yet to speak publicly about the ordeal, showing that Boehner doesn’t want the conservative voice anywhere near the potential fiscal cliff deal.

While Speaker Boehner has stated he does not support letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for the top earners, he has agreed to raise revenues. These revenues are of course an $800 billion tax hike outlined in Boehner’s proposal that the White House and conservatives have already rejected.

Plus does Boehner understand that raising tax rates on the top 2 percent to 39.6 percent (the rate under President Clinton, and the rate Obama has made his goal) will raise just $80 billion per year, a large amount of money until you realize that it is at least $920 billion per year short of what’s needed to erase the deficit?

Withal, at times of impending fiscal peril, the Republican Party needs a leader to stand on the principals that have kept this party alive and in power. Moving forward, supporters aren’t going to have much faith in the party if it can’t even stand on it’s principles in face of polarizing latitude.

If the country goes over the fiscal cliff, John Boehner will remain speaker. If Obama gets his wish of raising taxes on the top 2 percent, Boehner will face a staunch opposition come January.

Relinquishing Boehner of the speakership would take only 16 members of Congress to abstain from voting. If Boehner doesn’t receive 218 votes, the House will remain without a speaker much like they did during times of the Civil War.

To Republicans who are hesitant to removing Boehner, they must remember that we lost House seats under his leadership and he’s failed to be an articulate spokesperson for the conservative movement.

Additionally, President Obama has prevailed in every public battle that has been fought with Speaker Boehner. If Republicans want any chance of taking back the Senate in 2014, Boehner cannot be at the helm of that potential, hopeful prospect.

The Republicans wave in 2010 showed us that Americans were ready to rein in spending, end Obamacare, and cut the size and scope of government. So far, none of that has happened under Speaker Boehner. 

Isn’t time we tried someone else at the helm of Congress?

If Boehner were to be deposed in January, his likely successor is unknown at this time. However, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, the fifth ranking Republican in the House of Representatives is making noise within the depose Boehner chatter.

“Price is the person we’re all watching,” says an aide close to the House leadership to National Review Online. “We know he’s frustrated, but we don’t know much else.”

National Review reports that Rep. Price is building an informal force of conservatives, with the potential goal of deposing John Boehner. However, following this report, Price’s spokesperson said that the congressman was not planning to challenge Speaker Boehner in January.

Removing John Boehner from the speakership shouldn’t be the top priority of Republicans; the fiscal cliff deal must take precedent, though it should not be taken off the table for future consideration. Especially if Boehner caves on tax hikes for the top earners.

Henry D’Andrea is a Conservative opinion columnist at the Communities @ the Washington Times. Feel free to email Mr. D’Andrea at writedandrea@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter (@TheHenry)


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Henry D'Andrea

Henry D'Andrea is a Conservative columnist and commentator. He writes a weekly column at the Washington Times Communities called "The Conscience of a Conservative," which features his commentary on current events and political stories from a conservative perspective. He often writes on foreign policy, domestic and economic issues, the conservative movement, and elections.

 

D’Andrea has been a guest on many radio shows throughout the country since writing columns at the Washington Times Communities. His work has been featured in many publications, including Townhall.com, Commentary Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Tea Party Review Magazine, Big Government, Big Journalism, The Gateway Pundit, Instapundit, and many more.

 

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