John Boehner is no friend of conservatives.
As a matter of fact, he’s pretty much their sworn enemy.
Most days he seems to be plotting to find new and more creative ways to help Barack Obama implement his agenda.
This week one brave – or perhaps foolhardy – Republican House Member took the attack to Boehner .
Mark Meadows (R-NC), who was briefly booted off his Chairman position of the Government Operations subcommittee by Boehner, file a motion to “vacate the chair” in the House. That would boot Boehner out of the Speaker’s job should it pass.
But just before 6 p.m. Tuesday — a day before the House was set to leave town for its five-week summer recess — Meadows offered a motion to vacate the chair, an extraordinarily rare procedural move that represents the most serious expression of opposition to Boehner’s speakership. […]
It states that Boehner tried to “consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 members of Congress and the people they represent.” It accuses the speaker of using the “legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel members to vote for legislation.” The resolution also charges Boehner with using the Rules Committee to limit amendments.
The “Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People,” it reads. “Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.”
The motion has some support, conservatives have voted against Boehner’s Speakership on a number of occasions and he’s generally exacted a price for those votes with lost committee assignments.
One can only imagine the price for supporting this effort should it not be successful.
There’s an even bigger problem faced by conservatives. Democrats .
Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they’d rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing to reach across the aisle in search of compromise.
This will certainly make Meadows’ effort all the more daunting.
What do you think? Can Boehner be replaced with a more conservative Speaker? Let us know in the comments.