After the “Plan B” vote debacle some in the Republican Party are smelling blood in the water. According to Republican sources that spoke to Reuters, Speaker Boehner was down 40 to 50 votes for his “Plan B” proposal despite intense lobbying from both himself and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Do the terms “leader” even still apply here?
Not surprisingly, what were once whispers inside Washington about removing Boehner have begun leaking. From Breitbart:
Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality.
At the moment there does not seem to be a clear rival to Boehner, just an agreement Boehner has to go. The first goal of the conspirators is to change the rules for a secret ballot rather than a roll call vote for Speaker, with the second goal being finding a new Speaker. In essence, Anybody But Boehner.
According to the strategy memo, in what can only be called sweet irony, the conspirators plan to use Speaker Boehner’s opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act or “card check” as the grounds for a secret ballot vote for Speaker. If the opponents to Boehner can change the rules for a secret ballot vote, his survival as Speaker would be in serious jeopardy. Now that’s something worth crying about.