A growing number of conservatives, frustrated by the apparent purge of fiscal conservatives from House committees, are through with hoping that John Boehner will advocate on their behalf. Today, American Majority Action launched a #FireBoehner campaign. AMA’s president Ned Ryun writes:
If Speaker Boehner wants to purge independent, bold conservatives—I think it’s time he gets fired as Speaker. Not only for the purge. He has failed to effectively win negotiations with President Obama and appointed moderate committee chairs. To the public, Boehner may appear radical but in reality he proposes milquetoast policies, like the tax-hikes he proposed this week.
Republicans and conservatives deserve a more articulate, more conservative leader. In fact, we need one if we want to keep the House majority and take the Senate. Boehner has been Obama’s punching bag and has lost every public battle with the President. Now, he’s waging an internal war on conservatives.
Remember, we lost seats in the House under his leadership. He has failed as spokesman for the movement. Boehner has been in Congress for 22 years, and he looks like and embodies the typical DC politician. Can’t we find someone fresher to lead the party forward?
The House will be voting on a Speaker in January. As Ryun points out, a candidate must receive at least 218 votes to be elected speaker, and if 16 Republicans abstain from voting, Boehner would only receive 217 votes.
The movement to depose Boehner is gathering steam on Twitter:
Thinking of doing a RedState Index of Conservatism for House Republicans. We'd start by score in favor of booting Boehner.—
Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 05, 2012
But not all conservatives are on board:
"American Majority Action" thinks they're going to oust Speaker Boehner. Show me one Congressman willing to stand with AM, let alone 16.—
Ali A. Akbar (@ali) December 05, 2012
If I recall correctly, Boehner received a unanimous vote of confidence from the GOP Conference. Yep, replacing him is a high priority.—
Kevin Eder (@keder) December 05, 2012
Don't get me wrong. Boehner BLOWS at negotiating. But calling for his head gets us exactly NOWHERE right now.—
RB (@RBPundit) December 05, 2012
Whether AMA’s campaign will prove effective remains to be seen, but at the very least, hopefully they’ve gotten speaker Boehner’s attention.