Shortly after American voters in the midterms expanded the GOP majority in the U.S. House and gave the party a control over the U.S. Senate, tossing Democrat Sen. Harry Reid from his leadership post, there was little fanfare as House GOP members renewed their leadership team, including Speaker John Boehner.
But heading into the first weekend after a “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” was launched, more than 400,000 messages are being lined up to deliver to House GOP members when the y convene in the new year.
The voters are telling House members to reject Boehner and elect new leadership.
The 400,000 letters are being facilitated through the “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” effort launched by WND CEO Joseph Farah.
In a commentary in the Washington Times, tea party activist Judson Phillips, without mentioning the campaign to remove Boehner, suggested Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., as a replacement for Boehner.
“On Jan. 3, a new Congress begins and one of the first orders of business in the House of Representatives is to pick a new speaker. The conventional wisdom is Mr. Boehner will be re-elected speaker. That may well happen and if it does it will be a disaster for the Republican Party,” he wrote. “The conservative base of the party is pretty much in open revolt and without the base, the losses of 2006 and 2008 will seem mild compared to what is coming in 2016.”
Phillips wrote Boehner “cannot lead” and “will not fight.”
“The Republicans will have 247 members in the next Congress. If 30 of these members vote against Mr. Boehner, he will not have the majority he needs to be elected speaker. At that point, anything is possible, including Mr. Boehner stepping aside. Every conservative should spend the time between now and Jan. 3 calling their Republican representatives and telling them to vote for Marsha Blackburn instead of John Boehner.”
At left-leaning MSNBC, there was a sudden defense of Boehner.
“Boehner will prevail, and this new round of chatter, like the previous rounds of chatter, will amount to nothing,” wrote Steve Benen.
And at the Buzzfeed blog there was a discussion the 16 to 18 Republicans who already plan to challenge Boehner’s re-election as speaker.
“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we – about 16, 18 – and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting members of Congress that we can call out their name,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. “I’ve already said I cannot vote in good conscience for John Boehner.”
Whatever impact the letters are having, or will have, they certainly will get the attention of members of the House.
At about two inches per 500-page ream, there’s already a stack of letters more than 13 stories tall destined for House GOP members.
“While the news cycle has forgotten about Boehner’s betrayal of Republican voters in November, the grass-roots electorate has not,” said Farah.
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