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August 24, 2015

Rep. Mark Meadows May File a Motion to Oust Boehner from Speakership

Mark Meadows has already filed a non- privileged version of a motion to "vacate the chair" and thus oust Boehner, near the end of July; but a non-privileged motion does not actually compel a vote. I guess Boehner just tabled it or whatever.

But he says he's thinking very hard about taking it to that next step of making it a privileged motion, which must be voted on.

If it sounds like I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, that's because I don't.

During a normal day in his home district last week, which felt like a victory lap based on the warm reception of constituents, Meadows reflected on his decision with “no regrets.”

Indeed, when Congress returns from its six-week summer recess, Meadows warned he may take it a step further.

Meadows says if leadership’s tactics don’t change to his liking, he--or another supportive lawmaker--could refile the motion from "non-privileged" to "privileged," forcing a vote within two legislative days.

Meadows insists that Boehner would need to depend on Democrats to keep his speakership---he says there are "many more" than 29 Republicans who would vote to strip the speaker of his gavel (for comparison, 25 lawmakers did not vote to re-elect Boehner as speaker in January).

You might want to let your Representative know that you will not be voting for him in future contests, whether general or primary, if he votes to keep Boehner in power.

I expect the Establishment-leaning commentariat to shriek about this like they did last January. I also expect them to then wonder why fewer and fewer people trust their judgment.

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