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Justin Amash to Boehner: You Are Not Doing a Good Job, and Are Not Welcome in My State

Reason.com: "The fight over the four congressmen (Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) from the House Budget Committee, Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) from Financial Services Committee) booted from committee positions for, they say, being uncooperative with the GOP on spending (wanting to cut it too much) is getting personal.

Amash tells House Speaker John Boehner that he is not welcome in Amash's Michigan:

“If Speaker Boehner wants to come back to my district, he’s not going to be met with very much welcome,” Amash told reporters this afternoon.

Amash, who was elected in 2010, was recently booted off of the budget committee by House Republicans. Amash blames Boehner for orchestrating his removal.

Amash added that he has little faith in Boehner’s negotiating tactics.

“I spent a lot of time saying, ‘Speaker Boehner is doing the best job we can do.’ I did that for a year, a year in a half. But we’re not doing the best job we can do,” Amash said. “We need people who are going to be bold, we need leaders.”

“This is about who’s fighting for the American people,” Amash said. “I want to speak out now because I want to encourage my colleagues to be more outspoken.”

The grassroots may be rising in their defense; conservative site RedState is rallying the troops to call/harass their congressmen to find out if they supported the demotions and to demand reinstatement for the Fantastic Four (if this name for them catches on, royalties please.)"

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Let's target Boehner

Let's target Boehner for defeat in 2014. Start a PAC, have a couple of money bombs and find a strong REAL republican to replace Boehner. If you will remember, Tom Foley was Speaker of the House from Washington State and the good folks in his congressional district had enough of him and voted him out. Yes, a sitting Speaker of the House was ousted. It can be done and once again should be done. Let's get it done. Let's show the Gross Old People (GOP) leadership there is a price to pay for being rats. They obviously did not learn their lesson last month when the GOP got its ass handed to it. After Boehner's Tampa teleprompter treason, lets toss him onto the ash heap of history and destroy his legacy and place in history. Let's ensure that when he passes, he will forever be remembered a failed and corrupt rat.

"tea party" types also under new waves of attack post election

The RNC/GOP establishment (the self-assumed majority) played dirty ball in the primaries to advance Romney. All of their chips went behind "the best candidate to win" (Romney) even though Ron Paul was polling better against Obama almost the whole time. I guess they have not learned their post election lesson and are now actively trying to stomp out fiscal conservatism in an open fashion as their second act. These acts of tyranny are only getting the "tea party" types further involved in politics. Many who champion the cause of liberty have gone from protesting in the streets to actively effecting change behind the scenes promoting individuals such as Justin Amash. This movement to advance the constitution is far from dead...all we need is a new leader. I feel that although congressman Amash is our type of guy, I feel that someone like Rand Paul would be a better candidate to get behind. Even though Rand may have not made choices that we all agree with, I feel that he is someone that we should all seriously consider. And as far as Justin...as long as he keeps fighting the good fight I would be more than happy to get behind him for a higher office, but I do not feel now is the right time. I do encourage anyone who reads this to support Justin while he fights to represent us in congress. Any time someone is being targeted for punishment as an individual to advance an agenda in government alarm bells should ring.

Hate action but Love or nonchelant comment

When Ron Paul was denied the right to be submitted into nomination by a last minute rule change retiring more delegates, he was praised by the Republican Party. John Boehner didn't tell anyone they were purged because he couldn't figure out how to say it with praise in his mouth.

Libertarians are far more outcasts then the words would indicate,


In Philly PA RichardKanePA


I do believe, We have found our next leader.


I've been an Amash fan since he came on the scene. Love that dude. I'll let the Judge know he should be his VP. Or Amash can be his. I'll be honest w/ ya. I'd be gloriously pleased either way. :-D

Too Bad

that Justin didn't take the gloves off until AFTER the RNC. Seems like he had to be attacked by Boehner first. Would have been nice to hear him bash that jerk when Boehner was sabotaging the election.


You must remember

Justin is or was a freshman and now he knows he is staying for another 2 years. I believe he will finally come out of his shell and be loud and out spoken just what is needed.



Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

It takes Real Men to do the job

Justin is the man! Any coward can sell out.

What are YOU doing to get

What are YOU doing to get involved in the local GOP in YOUR area?!!??!?!?!?!?!

Justin, brother, I love you man.

I really hope he has a secret account here on the DP or at least reads these comments. :)



A couple quick questions...

A couple quick questions... If Amash and others were able to block Bohner's reelection as Speaker, would that be handing the gavel back to Pelosi? And if so, how significant would it be given there is a Republican majority being led by a democrat. (Granted, the parties aren't that different, but I could see it having more of an emotional reaction on the public either for or against the conservatives that brought about the change).

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

No, Skeletor would not be Speaker again

I suppose it could theoretically be possible if 100% of the dems voted for her and exactly the right number of repubs voted NO to that clown boehner... but all the repubs have to do is get the word out in advance that they don't have those 16 votes or whatever the number is and they'd all have to agree on someone else instead. I'll go ahead now and nominate JUSTIN AMASH!

lets face it though. i'd rather Skeletor be the speaker w/ a GOP majority then boehner. what an awesome news story that would make!! slap right in the face of those GOP statist bastards.

just my two cents. :)

Good Point

What is wrong with a Democratic speaker if the Republicans keep putting up guys who do not do anything to distinguish their party? A wolf in sheep's clothing is more dangerous than a wolf in wolf's clothing.

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

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Skeletor...heh heh heh.

Skeletor...heh heh heh. Seriously though, is the Speaker of the House just "a bully pulpit"? They dont have an extra vote or anything... They are 3rd in Line to the Pres, that seems to be about it. The current one needs to go though, could anyone imagine the Dems purging someone for being too liberal, No, hell no.

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The Speaker Has More Power Than The Other Congressmen

Besides a valuable national bully pulpit, he is usually given the power to negotiate for the party. He also has a major say in what it voted on and what will not be voted on. We just saw his influence to choose or reject committee members. I do not understand why the speaker is given so much power by people who were elected to exercise their own power. Why can't we eliminate that position? The only "leadership" that we need in Congress are some powerless parliamentarians who can keep the main body of Congress flowing.

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.


how would Boehner get booted out of being the house speaker and even the republican leadership? does that come at the next election cycle

read up


election at beginning of new congress....I presume that is January.

Good for Justin!

So refreshing to hear someone stand up to the GOP establishment rather than pandering to them.

Stiff words for the hardened

Stiff words for the hardened neo-con.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry



"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Great, Justin. I just hope this signals that you have the...

votes to deny the S.O.B. the Speakership.



Go Amash 2016

i really hope to see both Amash and Rand in the 2016 debates