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Is Boehner done?

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UPDATE at 9:40 AM: The Boston Globe has endorsed Boehner for Speaker because he will keep Tea Party “extremists” from being relevant in Congress… “For placing ideological purity over compromise, and a willingness to use procedural mechanisms to gum up Congress in order to get his way, Cantor would be a poor choice. Americans who want a more cooperative approach should hope that Boehner prevails, and continues his recent efforts to keep Tea Party extremists out of key committee assignments.”

UPDATE at 9:25 AM: Today is the vote for Speaker. According to our Capitol Hill sources, Boehner cannot win the speakership without Democrats crossing over to support him. Boehner is reportedly trying to convince the Republicans seeking his ouster that he will be a different man in the next Congress:

Boehner has made concessions to the conservatives seeking his ouster – a sign he’s worried about his job. He caved on the Hurricane Sandy package after originally killing Cantor’s efforts to bring the bill to a vote after the “fiscal cliff” package Tuesday evening. After outrage from Reps. Peter King and Michael Grimm from New York, Boehner now will allow a vote on a Sandy package on Friday.

Boehner also, through a spokesman, renewed an old promise he made – but broke. Boehner said he won’t negotiate with the president on his own anymore, and will let the House follow the regular order. “He is recommitting himself and the House to what we’ve done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” a Boehner aide told The Hill.

UPDATE at 6:00 PM: Matthew Boyle from Breitbart reports:

Outgoing Louisiana Republican Rep. Jeff Landry told Breitbart News there are at least 17 GOP members who plan to unseat House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, and Boehner may resign on Wednesday evening during or after a GOP caucus meeting.

By Adam Bitely — Rumors are flying all over Washington D.C. that Boehner will announce that he will not stand for reelection as Speaker at a special House Republican Conference meeting this evening. The rumor is confirmed by two members of Congress who have requested anonymity.

Boehner’s resignation would signal one of the greatest falls from power witnessed in the Capitol in years. This would almost certainly set up Eric Cantor to make a run at the Speakership with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy moving up to the Majority Leader’s slot. Many Washington insiders are speculating that Jim Jordan (R-OH) could ascend to the Majority Whip slot.

Stay tuned for developments.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com.

  • ConservativeWoman

    Say NO to Cantor. Allen West would be fabulous!

  • Eric Cantor has got to go as well…

  • He needs to be replaced by a Republican.

  • wtram46

    No more Boehner–and no Cantor either!! Paul Ryan should be the man of the hour!!!

  • Chiefbuck

    Boehner did what he could with what he had. He must depend on others who may not have been giving him accurate information. But most of all he should be retained because he told that slimy Howdy Doody look alike worm Harry Reid to go F*** himself twice. According to reports Reid tried to put the blame on his rancid comments on an underling who supposedly provided the pre written talking points. The supposed provider immediately denied providing the trash uttered by Dirty Harry. Obama and Reid by spiking the ball plus, have guaranteed that the fight to extend the borrowing limits will be a treat for conservatives.

  • He needs to be replaced by another Winston Churchill. We don’t need Republicans, we need Conservatives

  • Come on Chiefbuck that’s nonsense. He’s the speaker of the house, you don’t think he gets accurate information? Everything that has happened to this country (all bad), has happened because both parties have allowed it to happen. Not just the democrats, and not just the republicans, but both. This isn’t 1813, it’s 2013 and accurate information is far easier to come by. Speaker of the house is a job that Boehner openly campaigned for, and he openly failed … My opinion is I think he Intentionally failed.

  • Lenkia

    I vote for Michelle Bachmann for speaker of the house or Louis Gourmet, or Steven King of Iowa — not piglosi.

  • lenkia

    Allen West would be; however, he lost his reelction bid and cannot be the speaker of the house because he is not a member of congress anymore. Sorry — Let’s make it Michelle Bachmann because the Rino’s, left and media all hate her and she’d be great! It would not be business as usual.

  • GaltFan

    There is no rule that says the Speaker must be a member of the House. It won’t happen, but West does meet all of the qualifications (human, breathing)…

  • i sure as hell hope so

  • Chiefbuck

    Jamsim, Really? We are talking about politics here. Some of these folks don’t have an honest cell in their bodies. The actual process of pre-vote counting in the House might have been inaccurately reported to Boehner by someone who wanted to replace him as Speaker. While Boehner might not be quite as conservative as I prefer, he does represent his constituants and fellow representatives. When compared to Nasty Pelosi Boehner the difference is easily apparent.

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