John Boehner renominated for House speaker; fends off challenge by … Newt Gingrich?

Surprising no one, Rep. Nancy Pelosi this morning announced that she would remain House minority leader. It seems a shake-up has been averted across the aisle as well, as the House Republican Conference this afternoon renominated Rep. John Boehner as House speaker. Boehner was nominated by Rep. Eric Cantor, who also was renominated to the position of House majority leader.

Though Boehner received a standing ovation from his colleagues, his renomination wasn’t without some drama. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert surprised many by nominating former speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gohmert later told the Daily Caller, “I just felt like it was time to change business as usual.” That’s not likely, with President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi and now Boehner set to return to their former positions. Many seem to share Gohmert’s desire for a change-up in House leadership, although Paul Ryan seemed to be the favorite choice of those on Twitter. No hard feelings from Boehner, though. Does the man ever harbor hard feelings?

Chin straps? At least he didn’t say knee pads. The verdict now that Boehner’s job as speaker seems intact?

Here’s a bipartisan outlook.

  • ember

    Why did they go with this guy again???? GOP, do you never learn????

    • walterc

      Apparently not.

      In the words of Mrs. Gump, “stupid is as stupid does.”

    • texan59

      Hopefully that was a rhetorical question.

    • agroulx

      Eric cantor seems like a nice guy, but he needs to go too. The McCains, the Boehners, McConnells, Cantors, Grahams need to GO! RINOS are hurting this country just as bad a Democrats. Sadly to say, Bush is in that category as well.. IF we only elected conservatives, we wouldn’t be in this mess…

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  • walterc

    This is my WTF moment of the day.

  • William J. Miller

    Congressman Gohmert,

    This is one of your constituents from Tyler. If you are going to pull a stunt like this, please nominate someone that can be taken seriously (like Ryan, Gowdy, etc…). With Boehner half-way vulnerable, it might have worked. Probably a slim chance, but at least Texas CD 1 wouldn’t be being laughed at right now.

    Thank you.

    • Jennifer McGuffin Wickings

      Taken into account that Newt does not have to be a sitting congressman to get the job, he would have been a much better choice than Boehner. At least Newt was able to get Clinton to balance the budget, and to have a surplus. But then again, Obummer is no Clinton, so it probably wouldn’t have worked.

      • William J. Miller

        I get what you’re saying. I’m not questioning Newt’s qualifications. I’m just questioning the wisdom of nominating Newt, which made it seem like Gohmert was just seeking attention. He could have taken a chance and nominated someone who could have been taken a little more seriously.

  • Constance

    So, I am supposed to continue voting for the GOP candidates? I don’t think so. This is the last straw. I’m done with the republicans. Forever.

    • agroulx

      Vote for conservatives, not Republicans….

    • Ben Bollman

      You have to do your homework and find out who is a real conservative i.e. be an informed voter. Real change has to happen within the party, we have to start voting for real conservatives instead of RINOs. We also have to quit caring what liberals think of us and call them on their BS, we can’t hope young voters are smart enough to know they are being lied to because they have never heard anything different than what the MSM has told them.

  • agroulx

    Boner’s gone limp!! With his easy going willingness to compromise with the Democrats, he does not represent the conservatives of this country .. and he doesn’t deserve to be in that position. He is SOFT! It is time we find somebody who will fight for us. One thing I respect about the Democrats, is that they never compromise their agenda, they never give up…. This guy has given up. Castrate Boehner, hire Newt!!

  • agroulx

    Why should anybody be skeptical over this nomination!? What has John Boehner ever done for conservatism? Ask yourself that question … The answer is NOTHING!

    • Lor Mazz

      He will cave in again. Crying drunk

  • $18912735

    One question – did Boehner cry when he got the nomination?

  • DavidKramer

    So, is anyone even going to suggest charges against Jon Corzine for at least lying to Congress? I think it may be time to string up both sides of the aisle.

  • Jedd McHead

    I’ll second the nomination for Newt.

    • Lor Mazz

      How he is not a congressman. Me i would prefer bachmann. or west if he wins the recount

      • Jedd McHead

        I know he’s not a congressman — it would be as a symbolic gesture (just as the nomination was). Did you just wake up?

      • TomJB

        He didn’t run, so can’t win. *shrug* To answer that, you would need to ask the man himself.

      • Tracy Hubbell-Linden

        Speaker of the House NEED NOT BE an elected member of Congress…it’s a fact. I think it would be a brilliant move…however, the Beltway RINOS will have nothing to do with it. Sad.

  • Steve_J

    Please tell me he didn’t cry.

  • Ben Bollman

    Well, it looks like we are not going to get real change from either side until it all goes to hell or 2014 when we have a chance to change up the guard again. Whichever comes first.

  • Garth Haycock

    Good hell. Why renominate him as speaker? The man has no spine.

  • Danny Meeker

    CNN = Communist News Network.

  • GreenEyedGal

    THIS is why we lost the election! The GOP does not care about what’s good for the country. If they did, it wouldn’t be “business as usual,” especially after that stunning loss last Tuesday. My sister and brother-in-law advocated voting third party to “send the GOP a message.” I thought that was a terrible idea. The time for ideological battle is not in the middle of what may be the most important election this country has ever known. The time for such a war is well before the election. We can’t go back to 2008 and start fighting the GOP, but we can start now with 2016 in view.

    I know the TEA Party did organize in response to the 2008 election results and frustration with the GOP. But we haven’t gone far enough. Now is the time to take the country by storm and bring about the change we want. I believe there are things we could do that would get us further than openly defying the establishment (although I know that’s the way I personally prefer to fight). It’s time.

    • No Longer Amazed

      So true Green Eyes! Maybe we should take the base of the Tea Party (before it erodes away) and simply change its name to ‘The Conservative Party’. (necessary due to stigma given us by the MSM). Rebrand! Quit chasing votes – Attract and gather votes!

      As I see it, we haven’t a snowball’s chance of winning any elections in our current state of despondency brought about by all of the get-along RINOs in the GOP. At least in the newly-formed Conservative Party, we have a chance to teach and follow the Conservative Phylosophy. Something tells me that in another 2 and 4 years, after O’s liberal phylosophy has turned America upside-down, our phylosophy may actually start winning elections. Not so with the GOP’s same old tired playbook. But in order to do so, we must teach and fight for what we want and what we know to be right for our Nation.

      Conservatism [and the Constitution] works every time it is tried – Rush Limbaugh
      US out of the UN!
      UN out of the US!

      • No Longer Amazed

        That’s philosophy…

      • No Longer Amazed

        That’s philosophy…

      • GreenEyedGal

        I’ve been thinking these same things for awhile now. There was a week or so where I thought if Romney lost, maybe it wouldn’t be the end of the United States. Maybe it would spur the Conservatives into action in greater numbers than anyone could have imagined. Like the sleeping giant would finally be wakened. I lost my optimism shortly thereafter because the people with the power in DC call the shots. The people who call the shots have money because they’re willing to scratch backs (some politicians I know would call that “compromise”). They don’t make deals based on whether it’s good for the country; it’s all about whether or not it will benefit them in some way. Who wants to give that up? Power corrupts. I have some ideas of what we could do, nothing fancy although I think they could be effective, but it would take a better mind than mine to develop and perfect the ideas. But who am I, anyway?

        I have to say especially, amen to the last two lines of your reply! When did we give up our sovereignty to a bunch of disgusting pukes who hate us? Who would do such a thing? We HAVE to re-re-educate America. That’s one of our biggest problems.

        • No Longer Amazed

          I have developed a plan. It starts with: No longer purchase a liberal/progressive newspaper. This tactic is ‘free’ to those of us who choose (not) to do so. These rags operate on a shoestring budget and it will not take long to put them under. They do not support the United States and we should not support them with our Dollars, only to have them turn around and use them against us. And it is a very large amount of dollars!

          I’m new to Twitchy and Breitbart. Still trying ro find my way around both places (I post but have a hard time returning to them). I’ll get there.

          I posted a plan outline on one, the other, or both. I’ll repost it from time-to-time.

          Thanks for the reply. We will get there, if for no other reason, conservatism and capitalism are right. But with 2 generations lost to liberalism/progressivism, it is going to be a royal pain to get them back in place. Hang in!

          • GreenEyedGal

            My thoughts are more along the line of using the progressive playbook to get our message out there. They’ve been so successful for so long because they saturate America with their version of “truth”. They are more open about it now than they have ever been, but they usually aren’t direct. Most people don’t understand they are being indoctrinated when they watch the news, popular shows, videos, video games and so on. That is one of the major ways they’ve been successful. And I think we should do something similar.

            By the way, I don’t get the newspaper anymore. News agencies don’t report the news anymore. They report far left opinion disguised as fact. I don’t even get magazines anymore. Even the ones for beautifying your home and garden have bought into the leftist lie of “global warming” or “climate change” or whatever phrase the left is now using to spread the lie that Earth is fragile. I don’t even watch HGTV anymore for the very same reason. I’m tired of being lied to and having pressure applied to feel guilty for not buying into the lie.

          • No Longer Amazed

            If you are not familiar with Dana Loesch, you might want to check her out. Right up your alley. Pretty savvy!


            Watched my favorite show last night – Person of Interest. The POI was a woman surgeon who was ‘married’ to another woman. Had nothing to do with the storyline. But that is exactly how the LIBERAL ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA subtly teaches (indoctrinates) the young & stupid that gays are a perfectly normal part of society and it is okay for guys to mess around with other guys and gals to mess around with other gals. It is nothing more than another life choice. And that is utter BS to nonchalantly toss out to the young & stupid.


    Well Speaker Boehner you are right the President should do nothing and let those tax cuts expire along with the drastic cuts your caucus has determined to do when the Republicans have drawn into a agreement on the debt cieling last year that way all the Bush tax cuts can go away and military spending will be curbed, that way the Corporate America puppet masters that control you can start creating jobs in Read More… America and stop banking the Government handouts!

    Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?

  • TocksNedlog

    In this version of “The Crying Game” it is revealed that the Speaker has no nutsack.

  • ked5

    boehner needs to grow a backbone or step aside for someone who has one.

  • $26594359

    Feckless Boehner more of the same ole’ crap, acquiescence to the regime polices of failure- Oh Boe