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What If Jeb Hensarling Conceded Majority Leader Battle To Win The Speaker War? ^ | 6/20/14 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 06/23/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT by cotton1706

What if conservatives in Congress conceded the Republican majority leader battle in order to win the larger leadership war?

After Eric Cantor’s surprise primary defeat and his subsequent announcement that he would be resigning his leadership position at the end of July, many on the right urged someone with stellar conservative credentials, like Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, to challenge Cantor’s heir apparent, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, for the majority leader spot.

But Hensarling opted not to run and McCarthy cruised to victory Thursday after a nominal challenge by Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador. Some conservative pundits who longed for someone like Hensarling to jump in the race blasted House conservatives for failing to mount a stronger effort for the number two spot in House GOP leadership.

“But let us also be frank here — House conservatives overall have embraced their caricature,” RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote. “The criticism in Washington of the House conservatives is that they are great at blowing sh’tuff up, but terrible at leading.”

I don’t necessarily disagree with Erickson, but it is possible that Erickson and others are missing a major strategic gambit by Hensarling and, by extension, House conservatives. What if Henarsling opted not to fight the majority leader battle so he had more time to organize for an insurgent campaign for speaker?

Look at what Hensarling said in his statement last week after declining to run for majority leader. ”After prayerful reflection, I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right office at the right time for me and my family,” he said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 06/23/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

I hope so. Bohner thinks he is going to be speaker again without even a challenge. I would love it if he runs and loses.

2 posted on 06/23/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

But that might make Boner cry!

3 posted on 06/23/2014 8:03:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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