Beck: Speaker Gohmert Would Save America

Glenn Beck is very excited about the prospect of Speaker of the House Louis Gohmert because “Louis is not going to compromise.” He thinks that’s a plus, as if it is possible to actually govern in a diverse, democratic country without compromising. And he wants his followers to flood Congress with phone calls because Gohmert would save America.


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  • eric

    Hmmm…well, Gohmert might save America from any legislation ever getting passed. I suspect some tea party types might see that as a win. (However I predict that this Congress will beat the last Congress’ record of inaction and pass even fewer laws than they did, even without Gohmert at the helm.)

  • whheydt

    Gohmert got 3 votes…including his own. Some other guy got 12, so Gohmert didn’t even come in second.

  • U Frood

    Inaction? Congress got to work right away. They reauthorized the Benghazi Panel. This time it’s sure to turn something up.

  • Larry

    Sadly, it was not to be. Hence, he stays on as the America’s Dumbest Congressman instead of being America’s Dumbest Speaker-of-the-House.

    Oh, what might have been… [Streisand’s Memories plays quietly in the background]

  • raven

    That vote has already happened.

    Gohmert got 25 votes, Boehner 209. 12% 234 201 GOP is 54% of the House

    Tea Party support is 6.5%.

    This is a superficial way to guage national Tea Party support. But it is in the same direction as other estimates. They aren’t as powerful and popular as they think they are. Then again, that a lunatic fringe has this much support isn’t a good sign.

  • U Frood

    I love hearing the Tea Party complain about RINOs, as if their views were ever the ideals of mainstream Republicans.

  • Artor

    To be fair, Beck is a fucking idiot. Just like Gohmert.

  • raven

    Oops, as Whheydt pointed out before I even posted, I got the numbers slightly wrong.


    In the final tally, Boehner received the votes of 216 House members, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got 164 votes. More than two dozen discontented Republicans, however, voted for other candidates, including 12 who unexpectedly backed Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).


    Gohmert, who received three votes, Yoho, who tallied two, as well as Webster, 12.

    There were 25 votes against Boehner but they were divided among several clowns. Ted Yoho is a Glenn Beck/Gohmert class loon.

  • dugglebogey

    Two reps from Tenn voted for Gohmer.

    The local right-wing radio lunatics were absolutely beside themselves. People were calling in predictions that they themselves were going to do something violent. and the hosts were not even making a pretense that they shouldn’t. The closest they came was to say “don’t do that, yet.”

  • Michael Heath

    U Frood writes:

    I love hearing the Tea Party complain about RINOs, as if their views were ever the ideals of mainstream Republicans.

    I would argue that today’s so-called mainstream Republicans are in no way the moderate and liberal Republicans that were a strong force within the country and GOP prior to the 1990s. “Mainstream Republicans” are instead conservatives whose closest ideological allies are Tea Party Republicans. Both groups are authoritarians.

    To illustrate, I’m confident that all the Republicans in Congress would gladly vote to confirm an Antonin Scalia type for the Supreme Court. I’m also confident that nearly all Republicans in Congress would vote against a John Paul Stevens type; where retired Justice Stevens was nominated by Republican President Gerald Ford).

    And lets also be clear when it comes to the obstructionism we’ve suffered through the past several years. Republicans in Congress have been led by two of those so-called mainstream Republicans – John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. So here we’re discussing small degrees of ideological and behavioral differences within the GOP, not the enormous ideological and behavioral differences we saw in the GOP from the late-19th century (“Gilded Age”) through the 1980s.

  • tfkreference

    I heard on the radio a while back (and I don’t recall the criteria) that the positions of Republicans and Democrats in congress on liberal-conservative scale used to overlap (i.e., the most liberal Republican was more liberal than the most conservative Democrat), but haven’t for several years.

  • dugglebogey

    I apologize for the wrong information. The Tenn reps didn’t vote for Gohmer, they voted “non-Boehner.” See what happens when you get your information from right-wing radio?