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Another Tea Party failure: Boehner still Speaker. Darn, the angry, old white coalition is losing power

January 4, 2013

Boehner Fish House
For the last couple days, the Tea Party has been bragging that it had the votes to unseat Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as the Speaker of the House. The boys weren’t happy with Boehner over not falling over the fiscal cliff and actually negotiating with the White House. Well, they failed.

The group of dissident Republicans didn’t even get enough voted on Thursday to push Boehner to a second ballot. Twelve House Republicans broke from Boehner in a tense public roll-call vote, either by voting for someone else or deliberately not voting at all — five short of what would have been needed to force a second ballot.

Former Congressman Allen West (R-FL), a Tea Party darling, 218 votes short of Boehner’s total. It also came in behind the 192 votes for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the three for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Both Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex., voted for West.

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  • Keith January 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Downtown Don: Rick made it a racial issue by typing that sad post title. Rick’s been hanging around The Ed Show too much.

  • Ames January 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    What??

  • joe January 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    But Don, it is ok to write that a person is angry, old and white as long as the democratic press members are referring to conservatives. Now for someone to say, for example that someone is a lazy, gov’t dependent, person of a color, that would be totally taboo.
    The truth of this whole menu manufactured term fiscal cliff business is the USA lost. The tax revenues gains are inconsequential and the spending cuts are…. well what spending cuts?

  • downtown don January 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is not a black, white, male, female, republican, or democrat issue. Every American citizen is a victim in some way, shape, or form, of the eroding political system and bi-partisan politics that pervades the minds of our elected officials. There are cracks in the foundation of this once great nation and a collapse is imminent. The band-aids being used to hold it together are not strong enough to hold for long.

  • EPenn January 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

    “weren’t happy with Boehner over not falling over the fiscal cliff”

    Don’t worry, they will be more than happy with him if he forces the U.S. to default on its bills. That’s fiscal responsiblility, don’t you know… lol