December 26, 2012


Could the House Pick an Outsider for Speaker?

Norm Ornstein notes that ff 17 Republicans vote for someone other than John Boehner as speaker, "the House will be thrown into turmoil -- no elected speaker, and the prospect of additional ballots and a whole lot of intrigue before the new speaker is chosen and sworn in."

"What if Boehner doesn't survive? Go to Article I, Section 2: The Constitution does not say that the speaker of the House has to be a member of the House. In fact, the House can choose anybody a majority wants to fill the post. Every speaker has been a representative from the majority party. But these days, the old pattern clearly is not working."










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