December 26, 2012
Unions have long tried to do away with secret ballots in Unionization votes. That way more people could be forced to join the union because if they voted against the union, there would be retribution.
Now a vote is coming up. It should be a secret ballot but is not.
What is it?
It is the election of the House Speaker.
When the House meets on January 3, one of the first items of business will be voting for the House Speaker. As mentioned, this will not be a secret ballot, unless we can change that.
But if a member introduces that resolution for a secret ballot, the whole House will vote on that first. That vote will need to have a public roll call, meaning the American people, the press, and Boehner will know who voted which way. Even so, those who are considering this path forward to unseat Boehner know that Boehner and other establishment Republicans can’t legitimately oppose the concept of a secret ballot election for a leader of a political body.
John Boehner himself has called for secret ballots in union votes. How does he now turn around and demand a public vote on his election as Speaker?
Again from Breitbart:
It would be very difficult, politically, to vote against a resolution for a secret ballot. A secret ballot is sacrosanct in the American psyche. The procedure, however, would free Congressmen to vote for Speaker without fear of punishment or retaliation. If just a handful of Republicans vote for someone other than Boehner on the first ballot, he would be denied that gavel and the House would then move to another vote. Because of a current vacancy in the House, a member would need 217 votes to claim the Speakership.
A move to a second ballot could quickly get interesting. Seeing that Boehner is vulnerable, other members would start trying to build support for their own nomination. If this coalesces behind a single alternative to Boehner, then his speakership would be in serious doubt. The position of Speaker is built to a large degree on inevitability, i.e. the lack of any credible alternatives. Once that veil is breached, support for current leadership can melt away quickly.
This is our mission this week. We must contact our Republican Congressmen and demand they support a secret ballot for the election of the Speaker. Boehner can only maintain his grip on the Speakership by fear and intimidation. A secret ballot ends that.
This is the week between Christmas and New Year. Most of us do not have much planned for this week and indeed want to do very little. But this is one thing that is essential.
Call your Republican Congressman today and demand they vote for a secret ballot for the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives on January 3.
- Secret Ballot Could End Boehner’s Speakership (breitbart.com)
- House Republicans Circulate Plan To Oust Boehner From Speakership (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- House Republicans Circulate Plan to Oust Boehner from Speakership (breitbart.com)
- We Need A New Speaker??? HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Report: House Members Seeking to Oust Speaker Boehner (townhall.com)