Skip to comments.McClintock eyes seat on House Budget Committee
Posted on 11/11/2010 5:06:30 PM PST by SmithL
Republican Rep. Tom McClintock will make personal history in January when Republicans take control of the U.S. House.
In his 25th year of elected office in Sacramento and Washington, it will mark the first time that McClintock will be part of the majority.
As the new Congress prepares to organize, McClintock, who won his second term on Nov. 2, is eying a seat on the House Budget Committee.
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I certainly hope he makes it.
McClintock would be an excellent choice. He’s probably the most honest and intelligent politician in CA.
The right conservative for the job.
“Swartzeneggar is our only hope! You McClintock purists will be the ruin of the GOP!”
He should be chairman not just have a seat on the committee!
He’s my congressman!
Tom is mine as well (Rocklin).
If I had a dime for every time the trolls attacked me with that line in 2003...
He seems to have expertise in the area of government budgets. A good choice.
In the wake of a historic election that thrust Republicans into the majority in the House of Representatives and brought them to the brink of a Senate Majority, Congressional Republicans now find themselves in key leadership posts that once belonged to their Democratic counterparts. One prime example is Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) who in January will be installed as the Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, replacing outgoing chairman Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.).
Ryan’s national prominence
Ryan, 40, one of the youngest members in Congress, will already be entering his seventh term representing Racine County. A grizzled veteran by most standards, Ryan has gained national prominence over the past few years as a rising star in the Republican party for his staunch fiscal conservatism and strong belief in Reaganomics, which focuses primarily on the tenants of limited government and free markets.
Currently the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, which is the highest position that a member of the minority party can have, Ryan is immensely popular on both sides of the aisle. Cruising to a landslide victory on Nov. 2 with nearly 70% of the vote, Ryan has been described as an affable, good-natured policy wonk who can appeal to members of both parties. It is with this broad appeal in mind that has led to speculation that Ryan might be a frontrunner as a 2012 vice-presidential candidate and, ultimately, a presidential candidate in the not too distant future.
Tom should be in contention for Majority Leader!!!
Thanks for the ping!
> “He should be chairman not just have a seat on the committee!”
Unfortunately the chair automatically goes to the senior member.
The results are plain to see.
And I'm glad to see him possibly going up: but this stuffy collegial crap that the Republicant's are engaging in needs to end. Business as usual is not the order of the day.
To Wit: Jeb Hensarling over Michelle Bachmann?
Jeb's a great guy, but...he ain't got her eyes.
And it's her eyes, her fire, that put this gang of retro clowns back in office. NOT the Hensarling's of the world, good guys they may be.
And McClintock is cut from the Bachmann cloth (or vice versa).
The Republicans are either going to elevate Leaders, or they'll go down in flames again like the class of 2004 did in 2006 and 2008.
Just a thought, kids...
It’s past time to end the stupid seniority shit!
Rebuilding the House - Column by Rep. Tom McClintock
More than a year ago, Pollster Frank Luntz stood before a group of about 40 House Republicans in a cramped conference room in the Longworth building. “I need to tell you something,” he said. “I’ve been looking at polling data from Congressional districts across America for the last three months. I’m convinced that you are going to be in the majority next year.” After a long pause, he added, “This time, please don’t screw it up again.”
I don’t think we will.
The message of the last two elections could not be louder or clearer. Great parties are built upon great principles and they are judged by their devotion to those principles. From its inception, the core principles of the Republican Party have been individual freedom and constitutionally limited government. The closer it has hewn to these principles, the better it has done. The further it has strayed from them well, my God!
In the aftermath of the Bush debacle, House Republican leaders resolved to restore traditional Republican principles as the policy and political focus of the party and they achieved something no one at the time thought possible: they united House Republicans as a determined voice of opposition to the Left and rallied the American people. Republicans rediscovered why they were Republicans, and Republican leaders rediscovered Reagan’s advice to paint our positions in bold colors and not hide them in pale pastels.
(Ironically, in Reagan’s home state, Republicans tried to campaign to the left of the Democrats and the result was disastrous. While the rest of the country was celebrating historic Republican gains (including a shift of at least 61 U.S. House Seats, 6 U.S. Senate Seats, 680 state legislative seats, 19 state legislatures and six governors), the statewide Republican ticket in California imploded. Republicans nationally now hold more state legislative seats than in any year since 1928. In California, they hold fewer than at any time since 1978!)
House Republicans were unfairly criticized as the party of “No.” When somebody is driving you off a cliff, “no” is a handy word to have in your vocabulary. But it can’t be the only word in the national debate over the future of the country and Republicans know it.
Over the last two years, House Republicans laid out detailed plans to revive the finances of our government and the prosperity of our economy, to return freedom of choice, competition and affordability to health care, to restore the integrity of our borders, and to return to our states their rightful powers and prerogatives.
A Republican House cannot alone enact such laws, but it no longer must labor in the obscurity of minority irrelevance. It now has the opportunity to elevate the national debate by putting forward these plans at a time when Americans are alert to the danger facing the nation and eager for an adult discussion about the fundamental mechanics of freedom how freedom works and how we can put it back to work.
In 1858, Lincoln warned the nation that two antithetical philosophies, freedom and slavery, competed for the future and reminded us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. “I do not believe the house will fall,” he said, “but I do believe that it will cease to be divided.” Today two incompatible philosophies, freedom and socialism, compete for our future and the stage is set for one of the greatest debates in the history of the American Republic.
Upon the outcome of that debate rests the question of whether the United States of America will fade inexorably into history or whether it will begin its next great era of expansion, prosperity and influence.
Thanks for stoppin’ by! :-)
I think that would be a great outcome.
If you’re maintaining a McClintock list, please add me - thanks.
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