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JOHN BOEHNER SAYS HE IS STAYING ON AS HOUSE SPEAKER NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE HE REPRESENTS THINKS
December 22 2012
Washington, D.C. – The Fiscal Cliff looms, something everyone in Washington and around the country are all too keenly aware of. Should the two sides trying to work out some kind of agreement not be able to do so before the end of the month, a week away, the country could be headed towards real financial trouble.
That, likely, will not be the only consequence of the failure to strike a deal, however. Already in turmoil after their miserable showing in the last election, the Republican Party is in further disarray over the Cliff and most believe, both inside and outside the Party, that if a deal is not worked out they will shoulder the bulk of the blame.
That could have long term consequences for the future of a Party that already has a murky future ahead of it. That could well be time for a change and after his failure to even muster support from within his own Party for his tax plan, John Boehner’s head could well be on the chopping block. Boehner, though, doesn’t think so and plans to stick around for a long time to come no matter what anyone inside or outside the House thinks.
“While we may have not been able to get the votes last night to avert 99.81 percent of the tax increases, I don’t think — they weren’t taking that out on me,” said Boehner.
Others, though, have been whispering about staging a coup against the House Speaker that could well result in him losing that position come the start of the New Year.
Boehner has of course blamed the President for the impasse, but his inability to pass a deal with members of his own Party could signify that a rebellion is already in action.
“The Republicans are in a tough spot right now and it isn’t something that is going to be solved easily. Even if they do work a deal over taxes most people will just look at that as doing what they were supposed to be doing and not something to be congratulated for, though it’s possible they won’t realize that,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “The election was a massive rebuke of the Party and there were very ominous signs that unless they change, they will lose for a long, long time to come. The Party has started to realize that but acceptance of the changing electorate is causing quite a bit of trouble for everyone.”
Eric Cantor would likely take over as Speaker should Boehner be tossed out.
“Boehner is in tough even if they work a deal. He’s a part of the old guard and that old guard has to go, frankly. Even if they only want to get rid of him as a symbolic change they will do that. Things do need to change in the Party and Boehner will eventually have to be part of that, even if he doesn’t like that which of course he will not,” continued Kinsey. “Unfortunately for Boehner he only gets one vote as to who will be House Speaker and considering how little support he was able to muster for this bill, well, I doubt many other votes will follow him and that means he will be out. Obviously he doesn’t feel that is the case and certainly doesn’t want it, especially not with the country going over the Fiscal Cliff. It would be rough being kind of out of work in that case.”
Boehner apparently has no plans on trying again to work a deal and is leaving that with the Democrats.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent