Louie Gohmert Wants to Be Speaker of the House
Rep. Louie Gohmert is chock-full of, shall we say, inventive ideas, but his latest one is a doozy. The conservative party faithful -- those who are so far to the right they're practically on the left -- have been growling at current House Speaker John Boehner since he made a budget deal that prevented the federal government from shutting down last December, but it seemed a bit of a fait accompli that Boehner would once again be elected leader of the House. But then on Sunday, Gohmert went on "Fox and Friends Sunday" to propose a solution to the problem. Go figure that the solution our favorite East Texas congressman came up with was himself taking Boehner's job.
So why are Gohmert and his ilk out for Boehner's political scalp? Well, after the GOP sweep in the midterm elections, some in the party thought that they should hold the federal budget hostage until President Barack Obama gave in on the Affordable Care Act, the executive order and the myriad other things that the Republicans disapprove of. Boehner didn't do that, and the far-right conservative crew in the U.S. House of Representatives didn't take kindly to that.
And now they are attempting to have their revenge. First, Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida denounced Boehner and announced that he was running to become speaker. Then, in a move that we can't help interpreting as pure threat, Gohmert, too, decided to throw his hat into the ring.
Yep, the guy who argued that black people won the right to discriminate against gay people because of Civil Rights, among a whole bunch of other ridiculous, untrue, incorrect and occasionally flat-out disturbing things, is attempting to become Speaker of the House. While we can't vouch for the safety of the country should the stars align to usher Gohmert into the office, we can guarantee that the soundbites coming out of a Gohmert-led House would be epic. We're pretty sure that when Gohmert announced his candidacy, even the Fox News anchor interviewing the man was fighting to keep a straight face.
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Anyway, during the interview, Gohmert explained that he's running for the gig because he wants to give the real Republicans in the House what he claims they most desperately crave, i.e., non-Boehner options. "Well, we have heard from a lot of Republicans that, 'Gee, I would vote for somebody besides Speaker Boehner but nobody will put their name out there as running, so there's nobody else to vote for,'" Gohmert said.
Besides, Gohmert told Glenn Beck on Monday that he is that elusive thing in politics, a politician with a plan. Namely, Gohmert said that he will get rid of two-thirds of all regulations, he'll defund "everything that means anything" to Obama until the border is secure, according to ThinkProgress. He also wants to throw out the current tax code, to end automatic increases to federal agency budgets, to cut out all federal government subsidies for the energy industry, and when it comes to spying on the American people, he's agin' it.
Gohmert also claimed that he would provide a kind and gentle hand to guide the House, ushering in a new era that would be nothing like the rule of Boehner, a.k.a. "the dictator." Basically, imagine a House of Representatives where President Obama and the Democrats can't even order eggs from Congress without running into opposition. So it would be a lot like how it is now, only with Gohmert at the helm there would be incredible and appalling soundbites to chew on.
Of course, arguably this is yet another little political show put on by the Tea Party conservatives, and based on history and the current vote count, Boehner won't be letting go of his speakership this term. In 2013, Gohmert and a similar crowd tried to upset Boehner, but they didn't come close to getting enough votes. This year, Boehner is looking even more secure. He would have to lose 29 GOP votes to lose his speakership, and as of Monday night, only 14 congressmen had declared they were voting against Boehner, according to the Washington Post. The folks in the House are scheduled to hold a vote on the issue today.
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