The Republican tradition of ousting the Speaker

This is worth a read…

After a painful rejection by his own party in his attempt to pass a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is at the center of ouster talks. While Boehner is undoubtedly still in a strong position, past history might give him some reasons to worry. House Republicans have had a propensity, throughout the 20th century, for periodically getting rid of their leaders.

Given the fractures within the House GOP following the vote on the “fiscal cliff” bill earlier this week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Speaker John Boehner face a challenge from within his party. Granted, I don’t think such a challenge would be successful, but it would demonstrate just how fractured the House GOP (and the GOP in general) really is.

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