By Onan Coca – BarbWire guest contributor
It’s no secret that the grassroots conservative base of the GOP want John Boehner replaced as Speaker of the House. The Internet is abuzz with the many articles, op-eds and blogposts, demanding that the Republican Party find a more conservative candidate for the position. Last week, we told you that Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma had officially announced he could not support Boehner, and today we’ve brought you a few more similar stories.
A recent poll by the folks at EMC found that most GOP voters (not just conservatives) thought it was time for Boehner to step down from his role as Speaker of the House.
Some 60% of respondents want him out!
Over at the Blaze they’ve run a very (un)scientific poll asking their readers who they’d like to see as the next Speaker of the House… and surprise, surprise… John Boehner is not the guy.
And some conservatives appear ready to mount a challenge…
“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we — about 16, 18 — and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting member of Congress that we can call out their name,” North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said in a local radio interview before Christmas, which was first reported by BuzzFeed.
While the idea of unseating Boehner is getting some traction (as we’ve discussed in various other pieces) and conservatives in Congress are preparing to join together in support of another nominee… the sad likelihood is that Boehner will win another term as Speaker of the House.
Despite an Ominous New Poll, Speaker Boehner Isn’t Going Anywhere
House Speaker John Boehner is not particularly popular with Republican voters…
You can’t beat something with nothing. Replacing Boehner requires a rival that a majority of House Republicans will support – and while it’s understandable that other Republicans might want to hide their ambitions, eventually you need a figure to make this more than a theory or a dream. At this point the “rebellion” against Boehner consists of 16 to 18 guys out of 247 House Republicans.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Leah. They have three children and enjoy the hectic pace of life in a young family. Onan and Leah are members of the Journey Church in Hiram, GA. He is also the chief editor at EagleRising.
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