Gohmert to Challenge Boehner for House Speaker?

Gohmert to Challenge Boehner for House Speaker? November 9, 2014

Oh, this news has me absolutely giddy. Louis Gohmert, a man so dumb it’s hard to believe he manages to dress himself, is now hinting that he may challenge John Boehner for his position as Speaker of the House. Seriously, what could be more fun than that?

Rep. Louie Gohmert says not so fast — John Boehner is the House Speaker now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t be challenged and that he can’t lose in 2015.

Mr. Gohmert hinted that he might be interested in the job during an interview on “The Steve Malzbert Show” on Newsmax TV.

Asked if he thought Mr. Boehner would keep his leadership role, Mr. Gohmert said: “It’s never over ‘til it’s over,” Newsmax said.

Asked if he were interested in the position himself, Mr. Gohmert said: “I hadn’t planned on it. I’m running for the [Republican Study Committee]. But it’s always good when you have choices,” Newsmax reported.

Oh please please please please please. With sugar on top?

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  • John Pieret

    Seriously, what could be more fun than that?

    Wait! The crazies could still make Alan West Speaker. But Louie would be a very close second indeed!

  • John Pieret

    OT but go to Right Wing Watch to get a jump on Ed and see what James David Manning has been up to:


    It involves zygotes in semen, Starbucks, Ebola and baby-killing, blood-drinking “sodomites.”

  • Chiroptera

    Well, I for one am getting tired that the rest of the world laughing at the buffoon that the US has become.

    Also remember the buffoons have control of the world’s largest military, that is. And in control of an economy large enough to drag the rest of the world down with it as the screw the whole mess up. And the ability to dump more carbon in the atmosphere than even the Chinese can imagine. Yeah, I’m laughing too, but mostly at the black humor this represents.

  • Doc Bill

    Wasn’t Gohmert the only congresscritter to oppose Boner’s previous nomination as speaker?

    I seem to recall some nonsense about Gohmert, but, yeesh, there is SO much to wade through.

  • whheydt

    Well…it’d be more amusing if it were a student “government” in some school or other. In Congress we need less crazy not more.

  • I like to look at the bright side of these kinds of situations, and this would result in some pretty darn good Daily Show segments.

  • John Pieret

    Doc Bill …

    If my memory of the absurd suffices, Gohmert and some ~10 other loonies actually voted for Alan West to be Speaker, even though he had lost his election, because, it seems, a Speaker does’t actually have to be a member of the House.

  • This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • dingojack

    Chiroptera – fortunately ‘biggest’ isn’t always ‘most effective’.

    If you are big and I am small:

    You are lumbering and I am nimble; You are exposed and I am hidden; You are overbearing; I am welcome; You are there and I am everywhere…

    🙂 Dingo

  • yoav

    Speaker Gohmert sure will be entertaining to watch, but only from a safe distance, say the next galaxy.

  • dhall

    #3 Chiroptera – Couldn’t agree more. I guess those fools who chose not to vote, for whatever their reasons, are happy. Beyond that, I voted for Ohio’s Green candidate for governor–I couldn’t vote for the incumbent, but I couldn’t vote for the Democratic candidate either–if he didn’t think that the laws about drivers’ licenses applied to him, what other laws does he ignore? It would be wonderful to actually want to vote for someone rather than against. Sucks all around.

  • busterggi

    Gomert represents the best the GOP offers.

    Stop giggling, I mean it.

  • Speaker Ghomert could be the one factor that can flip the House back to the democrats before the next census.

  • lorn

    Please do be careful what you wish for. With the vast majority in the house and better than 50% of the senate hailing from the GOP the Overton Window has shifted farther to the right.

    It used to be that when Gohmert spoke more than half of each body would face-palm and evidence signs of discomfort. Now, with the new balance, he will be able to free his inner wingnut and the vast majority of faces will be Koolaide drinkers who assume everything he says is the word of God, Ted Cruz being God, and begging for marching orders.

    Don’t for a second think that Gohmert and Cruz will not push the agenda they have talked about, or that the wingnut bits will not be served up with enough ALEC boilerplate to gather votes from the few remaining sane members of the GOP. We are down to a very few Democratic votes to stop a veto override and some of them are far enough to the right , and disgusted by Democratic voters, to go along.

  • Senator Incitatus was better.

  • John Pieret




    That is, hopefully, sanity’s best resort. Letting (intentionally or not) the loons run loose for a while will bring the sane people to the polls again … or not … in which case we can all throw up our collective hands and walk away from the US as a failed experiment in democracy … or worse … the inevitable result of democracy.

  • eamick

    @7: Almost. The actual results were far more entertaining, especially since Boehner very nearly didn’t get a majority, which would have required the first occurrence of a second ballot in 100 years or so.


    The Constitution merely requires the House to “chuse a Speaker and other Officers”; maybe they’ll spice things up this time by picking names from a random Google search.

  • Ed:

    Louis Gohmert, a man so dumb it’s hard to believe he manages to dress himself, is now hinting that he may challenge John Boehner for his position as Speaker of the House. Seriously, what could be more fun than that?

    If it comes to that, setting the Reichstag Capitol ablaze would also be rather hilarious, don’t you think?

    Or rather, let’s not entertain the thought.

  • dmcclean

    #9 Dingojack, good job channeling the spirit of Muad’dib. 🙂

  • dingojack

    dmcclean – If you liked that you might enjoy:

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber

    and perhaps even

    Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara.


  • dmcclean

    #14 Lorn said: “We are down to a very few Democratic votes to stop a veto override and some of them are far enough to the right , and disgusted by Democratic voters, to go along.”

    I thought that this is not really true, because a veto override requires both houses. Giving both the in-doubt races to the Republicans, they’d have 54 and need to pull 13 Democratic senators. I tried to look up roughly who the 13th most conservative member of the Democratic senate caucus is; it’s obviously hard to do because of comings and goings, It might be somewhere in the vicinity of Shaheen.

    On balance I think they could probably hold the line on pretty much any veto override that’s likely to come up. Unless maybe it is one of the perpetual sillinesses like English-as-the-national-language, or possibly some sort of immigration bill.

  • drjuliebug

    They’d have to change the title of the office to “Babbling Idiot of the House”.

    And instead of a gavel, Louie Gohmert could wield an asparagus.