John Boehner Is Not Pining for the Fjords

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 9:00 am

Honest to God, the goings-on in DC are going to drive the Comedy Channel out of business. Either that, or they’ll make Jon Stewart president.

This past Thursday, the House voted down the latest version of the five-year farm bill, which includes not only subsidies and supports for those in the ag world, but also provides for the food stamp program and other food-related subsidies for the poor. Speaker John Boehner and his GOP leadership have been working for months to put together a bill, and when they brought it to the floor this past week, it failed. Spectacularly.

In the immortal words of John Cleese, John Boehner’s speakership has ceased to be.

 

Boehner Coup Was Called Off Morning Of Speaker Vote

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 9:20 am

Rumblings of a Tea Party coup against Speaker Boehner seemed to be unfounded as he sailed to re-election. But now Roll Call is reporting that the plot was very much real and robust enough to force a second ballot:

Newt Gingrich, Outsider?!?

By: Saturday May 21, 2011 11:00 am

Recently, I’ve begun to worry that our politics have degraded in to the world’s most depressing chutzpah contest, with each politician competing to outdo the last by whining about a self-created problem in the most outrageous, fractionally baseless and/or entirely cynical manner possible. It looks like Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has decided to prove my concerns correct with his campaign’s absurd attempt to label him as a Washington “outsider.”

Super Majorities Mostly Create Gridlock, Not Moderate Compromise

By: Wednesday February 23, 2011 3:50 pm

It is time for people in politics to realize that super majority requirements don’t promote compromise or moderation, they mainly just produce gridlock that prevents any action from taking place, therefore protecting the status quo.

In Tax-Cut Capitulation, House Democrats Again Redefine Pathetic

By: Friday December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

The House Democratic caucus is truly pathetic. They are, in fact, so pathetic that I’ve been forced to use a thesaurus to find new ways of describing their pathetic behavior: weak, impotent, pitiful, feeble and toothless. Last night, they again folded completely and passed the Senate’s version of the Obama-McConnell tax deal–as is–even though only a week earlier the House Democratic caucus voted to reject the deal.

Filibuster Making Speaker’s Job a Joke; Pelosi Finally Calls for End to “60-Vote Stranglehold on the Future”

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 10:30 am

It is good to see Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is vigorously calling for an end to the filibuster; it’s about time Pelosi asserted some institutional pride. The Constitution makes clear that the Speaker of the House should be the second- or third-most powerful person in Washington, DC. The current manifestation of the endless filibuster threat in the Senate, though, has made the job of Speaker a joke. The filibuster itself is a perversion of the clear Constitutional intent that legislation in the Senate requires only a simple majority to pass.

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