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The Secret War Against House Speaker Boehner: Led by Justin Amash

by Brian Doherty | Reason

National Review's Robert Costa has some from-the-House-floor gossip about the ultimately feckless, and apparently not diligently planned or executed, mini-revolt against re-electing John Boehner as Speaker of the House yesterday. I blogged yesterday about how Justin Amash and some other Ron Paul-endorsed, liberty-minded Congressmen did not vote for Boehner.

Highlights from Costa:

Members say the rebellion was mostly a project of the libertarians (Justin Amash of Michigan and Walter Jones of North Carolina) and a clique within the Jordan-affiliated RSC, especially members of the class of 2010 (Mulvaney and Labrador) and their allies. It was never something that involved widespread outreach. “I only heard about it from a reporter,” says Phil Gingrey of Georgia, a longtime figure in conservative circles. “That was a real mistake,” acknowledges a House Republican staffer involved with the coup attempt. “My boss didn’t say much to anybody beforehand. They were thinking that maybe they could help Eric Cantor or someone else find a way to win.”

....The height of the tension came when the number of defections was at nine, and the number of abstentions or no-shows was at eight, meaning the magic number of 17 anti-Boehner votes [which would have lead to a second-round] was a possibility...

The plot against Boehner was promptly dashed when the conservatives who had missed the first roll emerged from the cloakroom. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a former presidential candidate, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, two members often seen on cable TV, slowly strolled down the aisle and waited for the vote to be called again — and they both voted for Boehner. That possibility of 17 suddenly disappeared...

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great job Amash!!!

I just worry what the repercussions may be. Other than that AWESOME!

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Why did Bentivolio not vote against Boehner?

...Is he not one of us after all?

My guess is that he didn't

My guess is that he didn't want to get booted off of any subcommittees he might be on, not to mention so long as he plays nice he can still receive funding from the RNC. I think its the same with other congressmen like Tom McClintock. We'll just have to pay attention to their voting record and see what they do.

liberty lover in Nor Cal!

Big bump

Big bump

Oh we'll, at least they made

Oh we'll, at least they made Boehner cry.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

too bad Pelosi was getting so many votes

if it was a vote that didn't just pit R vs Ds i think it could've been different.




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