“Replacing Speaker Boehner”
You’ve heard me mention this before: sixteen abstentions would lead to a (potential) tie for election of House Speaker, provided no Dems cross over to vote for Boehner, resulting in an opportunity for Republicans eager to serve their constituencies to pick a replacement — one that need not even be in the House.
I offered previously for consideration Allen West, but there are a number of others who could do the job — among them, Sarah Palin, or even Rick Santorum.
What this country needs now is a non-DC voice to stand up for the conservatives principles that supposedly form the base of the GOP platform. This could begin with a signal to “pragmatist” deal makers that our principles aren’t for sale — and that if your excuse for cutting deals is that you have no leverage to resist, even as Speaker for the Party in power who controls the governmental purse strings, then you need to get out of the way and let someone with bigger balls than yours take your place.
Imagine this scenario, described last evening by Mark Levin: a West or a Palin takes over the Speakership, announces immediately that the House has no plans to surrender its power of the purse to Obama’s 2/3 vote plan to take executive control over debt-ceiling levels, votes to cut taxes by 5-10% on the bottom 3 tax brackets, sends that bill over to the Senate, and goes home.
Then that new speaker announces publicly that they’ve cut taxes for the middle class — not just agreed to keep the rates the same, which is what Obama is proposing — and now the question is (and here’s my contribution to the counternarrative), why is Obama willing to hold actual middle class tax cuts hostage for a chance to punish small business owners, or “millionaires and billionaires” making $250K yearly, as he likes to spin it, all for new revenue pulled out of the private sector, which will curtail growth and harm employment, that would fund the government for a mere 8 days?
— Whereas an actual tax cut on the middle class would stimulate growth and bring in more revenue to the government — without divisive class warfare?
New leadership. Brave GOP governors. Standing on principle. These are the ways back.
Let’s get going.