John Boehner Implies He Might Step Down as House Speaker
It’s a little short of “You won’t have John Boehner to kick around anymore,” but the Republican House speaker hinted he might not stay in that post for too much longer. That news will cheer many conservatives who have found Boehner too soft on vital issues such as immigration.
Citing his age–the Ohio congressman is 65–Boehner said he would win the speaker’s election if he runs for it but also would not fully commit to being in that office for a full two years.
Many disagree that he would win. Among several possible replacements, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is gaining steam as his profile has risen with his selection to chair the Special Committee investigating the Benghazi terror attacks. Gowdy’s straight-shooting and take-no-prisoners attitude have earned him fans.
According to Politico:
The Ohio Republican, speaking to a luncheon (in Texas) sponsored by a group of local chambers of commerce, said he can’t “predict what’s going to happen” and stopped short of fully committing to serving another full two-year term. “Listen, I’m going to be 65 years old in November,” Boehner said. “I never thought I’d live to be 60. So I’m living on borrowed time.”
He may have leveraged that borrowed time more than he thinks because by some estimates as many as 50 House conservatives are planning his ouster:
The National Journal says:
Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November’s midterm elections. The conservatives’ exasperation with leadership is well known. . . . But there’s a more audacious option on the table, according to conservatives involved in the deliberations. They say between 40 and 50 members have already committed verbally to electing a new speaker. If those numbers hold, organizers say, they could force Boehner to step aside as speaker in late November, when the incoming GOP conference meets for the first time, by showing him that he won’t have the votes to be reelected in January.
Regardless of who is sitting in the Speaker’s chair, commitment to conservative principles is the key. Boehner has shown his willingness to cave to Obama and the Democrats at every turn. Perhaps it’s time to get an uncompromising conservative like Trey Gowdy as our next Speaker of the House.