John Boehner retains speakership; Paul Broun goes West

John Boehner was re-elected House speaker this afternoon, as reports of a coup turned out to be wildly overstated — though several Republicans did publicly signal their disapproval.

One of them was U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens. Broun voted for former Rep. Allen West for speaker – even though the Florida firebrand served just one term in Congress and lost a re-election bid in November.

Georgia’s Republican House members all lined up against Boehner on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night, but all except Broun backed him Thursday – including newcomer Doug Collins from Gainesville.

Broun explained himself this way:

“After careful consideration, I opted to cast my vote for a new Speaker of the House. Speaker Boehner is a good man and a good friend, but under his leadership, this Congress has failed to address the root of our nation’s fiscal crisis — the out-of-control spending in Washington. My hope was that we could elect a new speaker, so the 113th Congress would be forced to get serious about cutting spending and restoring prosperity to the American economy and people.”

Consider this to be more evidence that the Athens congressman is seriously considering a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

A total of 12 Republicans voted against Boehner, with choices that included retired Gen. Colin Powell – one does not have to be a member of Congress to be speaker – and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (who himself voted for Boehner). Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert joined Broun in voting for West, who is originally from Atlanta. Gohmert has a noted fondness for ex-Georgians: During the closed-door speaker vote in November, Gohmert nominated Newt Gingrich.

On the Democratic side a few Blue Dog members chose not to back Nancy Pelosi, including Rep. John Barrow of Augusta. He voted – for the second Congress in a row – for Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta. (Lewis, whose wife died Monday, was not present.)

Here’s what Barrow told me in October about his speakership vote:

“I have had a parting of the ways with former Speaker Pelosi, Leader Pelosi, over the way she guided the caucus in the [111th] Congress,” Barrow said. “I voted against her twice, first in a secret ballot in caucus and second in a public vote on the floor of the House casting a vote against her for Speaker. That is not going to change.”

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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59 comments Add your comment

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
3:11 pm

You neglected to describe the newly elected Speaker Of The House as the leader of the majority in the colon of the congress, and he of course, the largest of them all, is the cause of the strain that America feels, John Boehner, a movement that didn’t happen…a large one still in the canal, what floats in the punch bowl of compromise and repulses everyone.

Sparta_Bubba

January 3rd, 2013
3:19 pm

Barrow and Broun are nuts! They can’t get it right on something as basic as voting for Minority Leader or Speaker. How can you expect them to get it right on something more complex like Fiscal Cliffs, etc? Sad!!!

Dentaltown

January 3rd, 2013
3:20 pm

Yes Richard, we are much better off with Pelosi. A hypocrite and socialist, she is the far better option. As she proclaims herself the voice of the poor, she and her husband abuse her stature for financial gain. Gotta love it.

DJ Sniper

January 3rd, 2013
3:24 pm

Only 3 posts before the dreaded “socialist” tag came up. My only surprise is that it wasn’t somehow connected to Obama.

There was another group of people who actually suggested that Sarah Palin be chosen as the next Speaker. What were those people smoking?

Dentaltown

January 3rd, 2013
3:27 pm

Well DJ, if it walks like a duck, taxes and spends like a duck, gets bad facelifts like a duck, and fools the blind masses like a duck, it’s best to call it a Pelosi.

JimTom

January 3rd, 2013
3:29 pm

I guess they weren’t really that mad at him after all. They’ll be going out tonight to swig on moonshine, eat wagyu sliders, quail sausage, other exotic foods and bill the tax payers for it.

Sarge559

January 3rd, 2013
3:29 pm

I dont know about everyone else but personally I am tired of all the bullying and schoolground games being played. Dont threaten to veto something unless you see what it contains and stop with the “its my way or no way” attitudes from BOTH parties.

Kris

January 3rd, 2013
3:32 pm

Another example of the GOP leadership….I hope the children did hear this !

Boehner pointed his finger at Reid and without any other fanfare said, “Go f*** yourself.” When Reid asked him what he was talking about, Boehner simply repeated his curse and moved on.

http://news.yahoo.com/john-boehner-told-harry-reid-f-yourself-outside-103332376.html

Will

January 3rd, 2013
3:33 pm

Just goes to show the press is still as liberal and out of touch with the republican party. Boehner is a core republican, one that is fiscally responsible unlike the Democrats who will not cut spending even when we are faced with a fiscal cliff. Obama may think he won the war on this, but the debt ceiling will be handed to him on a silver platter with one ugly slice of —- pie. Get ready the shoe is about to drop and for the sake of this country and our spending habits, Obama needs to wake up on the spending deficits he refuses to accept and deal with.

Denialtown

January 3rd, 2013
3:35 pm

WOW – Paul Broun doesn’t believe in math or science but has a seat on the House Science and Technology Committee, and now he is voting for person who is not a member of the House of Reps to be Speaker of the House Reps. How non-serious can you get? (Never mind that Alan West is a national embarrassment who was drummed out of the military for conduct unbecoming – that apparently doesn’t taint a ‘hero’ as long as he is a Republican). The republicans should be the ones forcing him out of office, but of course, they love knee-jerk ideologs.

I have an idea – if you want to be on the House Science and Technology committee, you have to pass your state’s High School science competency tests (they all have them now, thanks to the right-wing push for simplistic standardized testing to pad the pockets of the textbook/testing cabal).

Anyone want to bet as to whether the science-denier Broun would pass without remedial help? I’m not a big gambler, but it’s hard to pass up easy money like that.

Devil's Advocate

January 3rd, 2013
3:39 pm

Will,

I know a lot of Republicans who are down on Boehner.

DJ Sniper

January 3rd, 2013
3:39 pm

And right on cue, there’s a post about the big bad “liberal media.” And if anybody is out of touch, it’s the GOP.

td

January 3rd, 2013
3:45 pm

DJ Sniper

January 3rd, 2013
3:24 pm

Here is clear evidence of a real socialist giving himself away.

“President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control.

Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — “making our tax code more progressive than it’s been in decades,” he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal.

“Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do it in a balanced way that doesn’t put all the burden on seniors or students or middle class families, but also asks the wealthiest Americans to contribute and pay their fair share.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-we-raised-taxes-but-the-rich-still-arent-paying-their-fair-share/article

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
3:47 pm

@ Dentaltown…Boehner had no problem spending money like water for the fool George W. Bush initiative to return money to those deserving, AKA the defense industry and Halliburton. Have some YELLOW CAKE. If one wants to accuse entitlements, bring those entitlements to the forefront and talk about them, ALL OF THEM. We are reeling from GWB and nation building, and sadly in GWB’s feeble mind he was the hero, but in reality, he was a pawn for Carl Rove and Dick Cheney, a bologna sandwich in the midst of prime rib thieves. Nuclur……

morn

January 3rd, 2013
3:52 pm

What a joke of a man and a party. All they care about is lining their own pockets, not the people of Georgia or the USA. Men like Tom graves who would not pay his own debts is now sitting in congress trying to lord it over the rest of us by claiming he is against debt, sure he is as long as it is his and he doesnt have to pay it

td

January 3rd, 2013
3:52 pm

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
3:47 pm

The defense of our nation is the #1 duty of the Federal Government. The rest of the government programs can go away. Our spending on defense is ($800 billion per year) is less then we spend on entitlement programs and is less then we spend on SS and Medicare. We spend 4% of our GDP on defense.

Cherokee

January 3rd, 2013
3:54 pm

td, I know this is asking too much of you, but could you take a second and look up the definition of socialism? It’s goverment ownership of the means of production – nothing to do with tax rates, or assistance with medical care for poor people, or any of those things.

I know, I know, I’m spitting in the wind here – facts don’t matter to cons…. but you’re only making yourself look foolish.

morn

January 3rd, 2013
3:54 pm

You rethugs have no idea what the word socialist means, not if you use it against Obama. I am a socialist I know

DJ Sniper

January 3rd, 2013
4:03 pm

Thank you Cherokee. Neo-cons have been throwing the socialist term around ever since Obama got elected. Talk to actual socialists, and they are quick to tell you that Obama is not one of them.

clem

January 3rd, 2013
4:03 pm

paul broun is one dumb …

East Lake Ira

January 3rd, 2013
4:04 pm

Gotta love Obama living in the heads of all these “conservatives.”

I use quote marks as they are acutally bigots, gun nuts, and bitter old white folk.

Welcome to the new world order nutbags. We’re coming for you very very soon.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 3rd, 2013
4:07 pm

If obozo isn’t a socialist it’s because he’s too stupid to fill out application.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 3rd, 2013
4:07 pm

“the” application, scuse me.

honested

January 3rd, 2013
4:20 pm

Well, at least we can say goodbye and good riddance to the most incompetent, most ineffective and most non-productive Congress since at least 1948.
All Americans should hope that boehner has honed his skills at statecraft and can keep the dangerous teclowns at bay while attending to the business of the American People.

Speak America 1

January 3rd, 2013
4:21 pm

We know there are politicians who are saner
Than the weepy and creepy John Boehner.
Who turned on Chris Christie and Sandy relief
And couldn’t make his diss any plainer.
Wails about childhood trauma and President Obama
And causes nothing in Congress but go f**k yourself drama
So loves his rust belt roots that he wears the color on his face
But polls rank him higher in leather and lace.
Speaker of the House! How absurd and insane.
Americans deserve better than such deceit and disdain.

Speak America!

DJ Sniper

January 3rd, 2013
4:22 pm

Honested, don’t get your hopes up too high. It’s been reported that Michele Bachmann has introduced yet another piece of legislation to repeal Obamacare. The insanity continues.

honested

January 3rd, 2013
4:23 pm

tiny dog,

Our wasteful defense spending is over $950 Billion (not counting off the books expenses) which is more than the next 30 nations combined.

Unless we are planning on an attack from outer space (which we would lose due to stinginess in space research for the last 20 years) it’s time to cut the most expensive sector of our General Obligation Budget and dramatically.

td

January 3rd, 2013
4:23 pm

Cherokee

January 3rd, 2013
3:54 pm

td, I know this is asking too much of you, but could you take a second and look up the definition of socialism?

Here is the expanded definition:

a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
(in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

The term ‘socialism’ has been used to describe positions as far apart as anarchism, Soviet state Communism, and social democracy; however, it necessarily implies an opposition to the untrammelled workings of the economic market. The socialist parties that have arisen in most European countries from the late 19th century have generally tended towards social democracy.

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/socialism

Key phrase: “owned or regulated”. When this central government now controls 20% of our economy by the rules and regulations set out in Obamacare then that is technically government ownership. When the central government takes another 22% of the countries GDP through taxation and then redistributes it as it pleases then it is controlling that % of the economy.

Yes, the Obama vision of government is by definition socialism, You can not deny it.

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
4:24 pm

td…I have carried the axe, I have a CIB, GWB has nada, and I bear the scars…DO YOU, HAVE YOU? Armchair patriots and glue heads make up the people that support stupid.

honested

January 3rd, 2013
4:26 pm

tiny dog,

What is the term used to define a system where the Government is ‘owned’ and controlled by a handful of oligarchs and plutcrats?

td

January 3rd, 2013
4:34 pm

honested

January 3rd, 2013
4:23 pm

tiny dog,

Our wasteful defense spending is over $950 Billion (not counting off the books expenses) which is more than the next 30 nations combined.

And are we the safest country in the world? What about 911? Were we not attacked on our own soil. How about all the other attacks on our own soil that we have stopped? Seems like to me our money spent was done wisely.

When there is no one else in the world that even wants to consider attacking us our allies or our national interest then and only then will we be spending enough money on national defense.

td

January 3rd, 2013
4:37 pm

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
4:24 pm

td…I have carried the axe, I have a CIB, GWB has nada, and I bear the scars…DO YOU, HAVE YOU? Armchair patriots and glue heads make up the people that support stupid.

Sorry but I have no clue as to what point you are attempting to make. Can you please re-state?

td

January 3rd, 2013
4:39 pm

honested

January 3rd, 2013
4:26 pm

tiny dog,

What is the term used to define a system where the Government is ‘owned’ and controlled by a handful of oligarchs and plutcrats?

It is called the United States of America. Please give me a time period in this nations history when your statement is not by and large true?

Grego

January 3rd, 2013
4:47 pm

I am stunned to see so many critical statements towards the GOP. Not that I have a problem with it… It actually feels good. Is Georgia slowly turning a page on Irrationalist Conservatism ?
I know… being a bit over optimistic but what a pleasant surprise.
That said, I think we all need to remember that WE, the people, are not so far apart. As long as we keep swallowing all the BS that politicians are selling, we are feeding this auto-destructive process.
This is exactly what they want (yes, I believe there are exceptions but better not mentioning any names) : the People fighting over the Crap.
We do need a renewal of the GOP though. Way too many absolute non-sense. Common guys, there has to be better than that. Do you really thing this is a ‘Palin’ nation ?

Richard Braswell

January 3rd, 2013
4:49 pm

td..thanks for making my point…carry on!!

Deep Cover

January 3rd, 2013
4:53 pm

Very smart, calculated, political move for Barrow. He throws some “red” meat to his base in a vote that means absolutely nothing…meanwhile he will get a “free ride” again when he votes against EVERY progressive legislation that hits the floor.

Grego

January 3rd, 2013
4:55 pm

td… seriously… td…

Grego

January 3rd, 2013
4:56 pm

………..seriously… td….

td

January 3rd, 2013
4:58 pm

“One of them was U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens. Broun voted for former Rep. Allen West for speaker – even though the Florida firebrand served just one term in Congress and lost a re-election bid in November.”

Where is it written that the speaker of the house has to be a member of the house? It would be Constitutional for the majority party to elect anyone in the nation as their speaker. Donald Trump? Newt?

Grego

January 3rd, 2013
5:00 pm

TEE DEEEE !!!

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:05 pm

Richard-

I too have a CIB and I do not think some one has to be a veteran or a war vet in order to be a conservative or a strong patriot. Again, I agree with you that Bush was wrong “nation building”, not not any more wrong than Obama for doing exactly the same thing (same policy).

It is easy to bash Cheney and his relationship w/ Hailiburton but don’t forget two facts. Haliburton via Brown and Root were smart enough to forsee military needs and developed those capabilities. Any other company could have done the same.

Second when was Haliburton used extensively by the military the first time? In the Balkans by Clinton. Want to blame someone, blame Clinton.

alvnjms

January 3rd, 2013
5:08 pm

Awww, somebody has a little crush on a big, strong soldier.

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:12 pm

alvn-

English please.

honested

January 3rd, 2013
5:12 pm

td,

It is probably fitting that the dimmest bulb in Congress voted for a man to be speaker who should never have been elected in the first place.

It is sad to watch you guys bow to ‘false politicians’.

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:15 pm

honestead-

Have you ever met Broun in person? Talked to him, had a conversation with him? I’ll agree that his positions are well to the right, none the less he is intelligent. Disagree with the position, you gain nothing calling names.

td

January 3rd, 2013
5:19 pm

Grego

January 3rd, 2013
5:00 pm

TEE DEEEE !!!

That would be Mr. td to you son.

td

January 3rd, 2013
5:20 pm

honested

January 3rd, 2013
5:12 pm

If he runs again in 2014 he will win the seat. It was all about turnout and many Dems do not turn out in mid terms.

Monorail cat

January 3rd, 2013
5:28 pm

@td

“We spend 4% of our GDP on defense.”

Or 20% of the budget, which is you know the number that matters.

Fun fact, the next biggest military spender is China which spends 1/10 what we do. I’m pretty sure we could get by with just double their budget.

td

January 3rd, 2013
5:31 pm

Monorail cat

January 3rd, 2013
5:28 pm

@td

“We spend 4% of our GDP on defense.”

Or 20% of the budget, which is you know the number that matters

Ok let us take your number of 20%. This 20% is what is Constitutionally mandated to spend. The vast majority of the other 80% is not even within the Constitutional boundaries.

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:31 pm

cat-

Not interested in fighting over the size of the military budget, though there is certainly waste fraud and abuse that should be eliminated. That said do you really think China makes public all their military spending? Not on your life. Bad numbers can lead to bad judgements.