I was reluctant about Boehner when he got the gavel, but having met him once, he’s been a good congressman, and pretty consistent in his voting record over the years. During the debt ceiling negotiations, I was annoyed at the strategy, but was willing to buy into the idea that our side wanted to go into the election year without a major shutdown-style showdown to give Obama traction.
Instead he was able to use the convoluted results of that debate to remake his image as the reasonable one. This time, I have had it. It is not because he compromised...there has to be compromise. It is that Boehner’s strategy gives up way too much ground EVERY time, and he and his leadership team focuses all their airtime on process, and not selling ideas. Political leadership is about selling a set of policies to the public. We haven’t had any of that type of leadership since Bush 2000, Newt before him, and Reagan before that. Our side has to advance and recruit ONLY leaders that can get on television and make the case for conservative solutions. Boehner is not that guy. Someone else needs to step in.
I thought it might be Ryan, but he continues to go-along-get-along on every major issue. He’s great in his role, and is an asset to our side, but I am nervous about his leadership strength at this point. I give him some leeway as a committee chair, in that he can advance his good solutions at times if he supports the party line at other times...give and take is part of the game. Last night, he easily could have taken a stand, like other leadership, but he chose to stick with the bill as it stands. Ryan might be better if he were in the lead, but my confidence has fallen.
Allen West, Trey Gowdy, Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Jason Chaffetz and Tim Huelskamp would all be high on my list. But I'd take any member of the Tea Party Caucus.
This is a time to draw that line in the sand and stand up for America. If we don't we are no better than Boehner the deal maker, McCain the deal maker, Dole the deal maker, or any of the other beltway insiders who have forgotten about the citizens paying taxes for them to live like royalty.
I look at it this way. The election for speaker is an open race. Normally, the minority party doesn't bother putting up much of a contest because the majority leaders have been busy making their back room deals since election day. I'd like to see the Tea Party Caucus (TPC) bring this to a bare knuckle fight for power. I'd like them to caucus and agree on a candidate, then hold the insiders' and RINOs' feet to the fire.
I'd wholeheartedly support the idea of the TPC saying we vote for our choice, or we don't vote. That would open the door to the idea of democrats running one of their own for the position and the ball would be in the majority's court. Either they get together and elect a TPC candidate, or hand the speaker ship over to the minority party for the first time ever that I know of.
Showing America that there are members in congress with courage enough to stand up for our country, our constitution and our heritage is long over due. I think it would inspire a great following. It would also bring the debate over Tea Party values to the fore in the media and shed light on their lies about racism and all the other crap they spew about that people like Boehner, McCain, and even Romney would never dare to confront.
If Bonehead made the statements to his caucus, as the article says,
it shows signs of a very desperate man.