Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) should not be Speaker of the House. The person who holds that position is supposed to be the leader of his political party who stands firm for the party’s platform and agenda. Based upon Boehner’s history since taking the gavel from Nancy Pelosi in 2010, Boehner failed to meet that criterion.
After the 2010 election, a significant group of new Representatives stood their ground to do what the people instructed them to do. But nearly every time they did, Boehner ended up compromising with Obama and the Democrats instead of standing up for his party and the dictates of the American people.
A growing number of Republicans felt that Boehner was not the leader the party needed in the House and dared to vote against him to remain as Speaker of the House. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) dared to challenge Boehner for the top job.
After the new House was sworn in, a vote was taken and unfortunately Boehner retained his position of Speaker of the House. When the votes were counted, Boehner had 216 votes, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received 164 votes, Webster got 12 votes, Gohmert had 3 votes and several others garnered one or two votes.
Boehner did not take kindly to anyone challenging his authority and took swift vindictive action against fellow Republicans who voted against him.
One of the early casualties was Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) who had been promised the chairmanship of a subcommittee, but that was withdrawn after he voted for Webster.
Webster had served on the House Rules Committee and was supposed to be reappointed to the committee but after challenging Boehner, that reappointment was withdrawn.
Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) voted for Webster. Like Webster, he had served on the Rules Committee and was expected to be reappointed to the committee, but after voting for Webster, his reappointment was also withdrawn.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) wants to sponsor a bill, but that sponsorship has already been blocked by Boehner because Weber voted for Gohmert as Speaker.
Boehner’s actions demonstrate that he is a power hungry self-centered politician who like Obama is vindictive against anyone who defies him. As a leader, he’s a complete failure. I had really hoped that the GOP would wise up and put someone with more integrity in charge of the House, but with Boehner still there, all I see is two more years of compromise. He will continue to cave in to Obama’s demands, betray the American people and take his retribution against anyone who questions his authority. When the American people see two more years of this, they’ll express their anger by voting in Democrats in 2016.