House Wingnut Caucus endorses the other wingnut for Speaker, likely preventing majority

Ha. Haha. Hahahahahaha:

In a move that threatens to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, a group of hard-line conservatives said Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little known Florida member to become the next speaker.

The House Freedom Caucus announced its support for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) after emerging from an afternoon meeting in the Capitol complex.

The Freedom Caucus, comprised of the House Republicans most dead-set on repealing the United States government and replacing it with nothing, said earlier in the day that they intend to vote as a bloc when the House votes to elect a new Speaker tomorrow. If that happens, and all 42 of its members vote for Webster, it will prevent Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader who is next in line for the office, from securing a majority.

Daniel Webster, via Wikimedia Commons

Daniel Webster, via Wikimedia Commons

Ever since John Boehner announced that he would be giving up his speakership and resigning from Congress, McCarthy’s done seemingly everything in his power to prove that he doesn’t have the political chops to be third in line for the presidency — which, in fairness, is to be expected of someone who’s been in the House for less than ten years. But after committing and then doubling down on the unforced error of telling the truth about the purely political motives of the House Select Committee on Benghazi — an admission that just earned him a formal ethics complaint — it appears as though his colleagues aren’t confident that he’s got what it takes to deliver on the already-impossible promises he’s made to the conservative base.

To be clear, the underlying fundamentals in the Republican Party were such that a certain subset of the House caucus would oppose the establishment candidate no matter what — even if they were slightly more put-together than McCarthy. His inability to emerge as Republicans’ consensus choice for Speaker only underscores the conditions that led Boehner to resign in the first place: many within the party are simply going to oppose any person, place, thing or idea that can be in any way tied to anything or anyone that represents the establishment wing of either major political party.

But McCarthy’s made it so, so easy for them. Tomorrow’s vote should be fun.

Oh, and if no one gets a majority, Boehner has to stay on as Speaker.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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23 Responses to “House Wingnut Caucus endorses the other wingnut for Speaker, likely preventing majority”

  1. Bill_Perdue says:

    ‘Both the administration and The Company love the misdirected focus of the investigation.” Yes they do because it makes it easier for the Ds and the R’s to continue murdering Arabs and muslims and stealing their land and resources.

  2. Bill_Perdue says:

    Competence or the lack of it is not the question. Not even close.

    Benghazi was an example of Democrat Obama’s racist war policies in the Arab and muslim regions just as the Gulf of Tonkin was not an act of incompetence but a direct policy of the warmongering thug LBJ’s attempt to conquer Vietnam.

    Competent or incompetent, the question is about war mongering and racsim by Obama and HRH HRC.

  3. nicho says:

    Holy crap — McCarthy pulled out

  4. nicho says:

    The real Benghazi issue is that the administration and the CIA were using the embassy as cover to smuggle to Al Qaeda groups in Syria weapons that had been stolen from the Libyan military. Both the administration and The Company love the misdirected focus of the investigation.

  5. gratuitous says:

    I think it’s probably just grandstanding. The Crazy Caucus (truth in advertising) will deny McCarthy the gavel for a little while just to embarrass him, then fall in line. Probably just one ballot, but it could drag on. It’s not like there’s any other pressing business to attend to, so wasting a few legislative days on this little demonstration is no biggie.

  6. PeterC says:

    Did he really fumble it; or was he trying to correct a problem?

  7. Indigo says:

    I’d be more comfortable characterizing the Benghazi Hearings as a red herring rather than a tempest in any kind of pot. It’s a distraction from incompetent governance, pure and simple.

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  9. BeccaM says:

    Losing his buddy and consiglieri, Eric Cantor — to a Tea Bagger candidate no less — was no doubt a major hit. It’s beginning to sound increasingly like he just woke up after the Pope Francis visit, looked in the mirror and said to himself, “Fuck it. I’m done here.”

  10. The_Fixer says:

    These shitestains can’t even run their own party without further screwing it up. It’s no wonder they have screwed up the country so thoroughly.

  11. WildwoodGuy says:

    I hope you meant ‘vetoed’… not ‘voted’.

  12. WildwoodGuy says:

    BeccaM — THAT is a YUGE ‘if’!

  13. Indigo says:

    Yes, that’s who he is. He and Grayson go up against each other from time to time. It’s all very entertaining. I don’t know that there’s all that much dirt about him, he lives clean or gives the impression that he lives clean. It’s just that . . . there’s a good reason he’s the favorite of the Wingnut Caucus. You’ll see.

  14. mf_roe says:

    Boehner is a pretty good politician in terms of accomplishing his goals.The fact that he resigned tells me that he saw nothing but disaster in the future. As a old Navy vet I try to avoid ships where the rats are jumping overboard. The Speakership is toxic at this point, no Sane politician wants to own the obscene farce that will play out in the House over the rest of this term.

  15. Doug105 says:

    And at worst if they do pass anything it will be voted.

  16. FLL says:

    He’s a pretty sorry choice, huh? Isn’t the 10th congressional district in your neck of the woods? Part of Orange County? Orlando folks must know all sorts of dirt about him. I think the national audience is starting to snicker now.

  17. Jimmy says:

    If I was Boehner I’d be loving every minute of this fiasco.

  18. Indigo says:

    OMG! Webster? You have no idea how outrageously funny that is. I hope he gets the post, he’s a total screw-up and the GOPers will have won their point by unraveling the House completely. Then, with any luck at all, the public will throw them all out.

  19. mf_roe says:

    I submit the smart play for the dems would be to support the Insane Clown Posse and vote for Webster. It is pure delusion that the repugs will cooperate with the dems between now and the Election. They would renege on any “horse trades” I’m sure. Nothing can give the repugs more power than they currently hold, but anything that exacerbates the divisions between the rational repugs and the “ICP” further damages the repug brand and weakens their ability to actually accomplish anything.,

  20. FLL says:

    Fellow commenters (ahem), anyone who equates the scorched-earth, dead-ender nihilism of these “conservative” Republicans with congressional Democrats, who have actual ideas about governance, needs to think it through again.

  21. Zorba says:

    Daniel Webster? I thought that they were going to support Jason Chaffetz. I guess that Chaffetz wasn’t quite wing-nutty enough for them. Oy!

  22. BeccaM says:

    This sounds like an opportunity for the Dems to do some horsetrading, if they’re smart.

  23. Bill_Perdue says:

    For both parties, the bickering over Benghazi is just a tempest in a tosspot.

    The issue with Benghazi is not who made tactical mistakes but why the US attacks nearly every nation in the region that produces resources or products that US multinationals want to steal or control.

    Both parties support that strategy of mass murder during wars of aggression. So when Republicans criticize H Clinton/B Obama for events in Libya they’re really criticizing the common policy of both parties. There are no differences between them on this and most questions.

    Both encourage and fund efforts to attack Arab and muslim nations. They’re both committed to a neo-colonial policy in North Africa and SW Asia to promote the control of the regions oil resources by American corporations. They also remain committed to a policy utilizing mass murder and state terrorism to control events and have recently done so in Iraq (again), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere.

    In addition the US is vastly expanding its military intervention in all of Africa and is coordinating efforts through the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM). The Obama and Netanyahu regimes are rogue aggressor terrorist states with Canada, England, the Saudi royals and the rest of the NATO satellite states playing a lesser role.

    Criticisms by Republicans of the Obama regimes imperial strategy and their defense by Democrats are equally reactionary and racist.

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