Democrats say they’ll protect John Boehner from conservative take-down: ‘We’re not stupid’

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who is under attack from conservative House members, is reportedly receiving support from Democratic House members.

Tea Party conservatives, long weary of the Ohio Republican capitulating to Democratic demands, are reported to be contemplating a coup to replace the speaker with someone more in conformity to their ideology, The Hill reported.

Any support Boehner may have lost from his own party will more than be made up by Democrats.

“I’d probably vote for Boehner [because] who the hell is going to replace him? [Ted] Yoho?” Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., said to The Hill Wednesday.

Yoho, once referred to by Sen. Ted Cruise as his “secret weapon,” is a Florida right-wing Republican who’s fought Boehner on a number of bipartisan compromise bills.

“In terms of the institution, I would rather have John Boehner as the Speaker than some of these characters who came here thinking that they’re going to change the world,” Pascrell added.

Left-wing Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. agrees.

“Then we would get Scalise or somebody? Geez, come on,” Grijalva said, referring to Tea Party favorite House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. “We can be suicidal but not stupid.”

The Hill reported:

Boehner, who has grappled with dissent from the Tea Party wing since he took the Speaker’s gavel in 2011, has seen opposition to his reign grow this year, even as he commands the largest GOP majority since the Hoover administration.

That’s led to talk of a new coup, something that is more difficult to pull off after the election of a Speaker on each Congress’s first day of business.

However, those who should know dismiss the idea of a coup.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, another Ohio Republican, said the notion of a GOP coup for the speakership is pure poppycock.

“In a Wednesday interview, Jordan said the caucus has no interest in a new campaign to topple Boehner,” The Washington Post reported.


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