July 29, 2015 9:00 pm -


As Congress prepares to head home for the August recess, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is facing yet another challenge to his speakership. This time, it comes in the form of a resolution, offered by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), that seeks to oust Boehner using a rare procedural move that hasn’t been attempted for a hundred years:

Until now, the North Carolina Republican had taken small steps to undermine Boehner — he voted against procedural motions and against Boehner for speaker. Now he’s declared all-out war, and he could quickly find out how many people are willing to back him up.

Meadows, however, didn’t go as far as he could have. A motion to vacate the chair — last attempted roughly a century ago — is typically considered a privileged resolution. In that format, the House would hold a vote within two legislative days. Meadows, however, chose not to offer it in that form, which he said was a sign that he wanted a discussion.

Sure, I know I start most of my discussions with “You go now!” It’s an ice-breaker. When this is over, Boehner will surely remember that Meadows only kicked him in one ball.

According to Politico, nobody thinks there are enough votes to oust Boehner, but sources familiar with the deliberations are unable to explain why I should give a shit. What I do find fascinating is…READ MORE



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.