16 months before the presidential election and the Republican Party is in the middle of a civil war. I haven’t seen them fuss so much with each other since the right had a tantrum over Bush and the Dubai Ports deal back in 2006.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has filed a motion to vacate the chair, which would remove John Boehner from his position as Speaker of the House. Meadows is a member of the far right “House Freedom Caucus” and this move appears to be retalitation for a recent unsuccesful attempt by Boehner to have Meadows stripped of a subcommittee chairmanship.
The resolution accuses Boehner of moving to “consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 members of Congress and the people they represent.”
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) blasted Meadows to Politico: “When you don’t raise any money, and you need a way to raise money you do gimmicks like this.”
On the other side, the conservative lobbying organization, Freedomworks, is backing up Meadows effort to oust the Speaker, and have launched an online petition – mostly used to harvest email addresses so they can use them for fundraising – endorsing the action.
Over his time as Speaker, Boehner has received enormous disrespect from his caucus. He has twice been challenged in the leadership race – often a unanimous affair – and has had his party abandon him on key votes, requiring Democratic support to pass those bills.
It should be noted that during her time as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi kept the vast majority of her caucus in line, and never had them calling for her ouster, even with the need to keep conservative Blue Dog Democrats in the tent.