Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard chatter in conservative media circles about a nascent challenge to Speaker John Boehner. At first glance you may be thinking that there is no way that the speaker can be unseated without a majority of the GOP caucus. But there is. Daniel Horowitz (full disclosure Conservative Review, where he is senior editor is a client of mine) explains at Conservative Review:
As noted before, even without an alternative, members are free to vote for whomever they choose when their name is called by the Clerk of the House. If 29 members vote for someone other than Boehner, the process goes to a second ballot and a brokered conference meeting. That is where conservatives’ leverage begins to negotiate concessions from the inevitable litany of people who will toss their hat into the ring.
But the supposition of Republicans not being given an alternative is irrelevant at this point.
Basically all that needs to happen, to get the ball rolling is for 29 brave souls to vote for anyone but present for Speaker, when the roll call vote happens tomorrow. Then a brokered conference will happen and Boehner will not be Speaker. It is that simple.
Horowitz also joined me on Herald Radio last Friday to explain.