It’s time for a change: a Reagan not a Ford should lead the House GOP. Clearly John Boehner is not up to it.
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But that was June. In June Mitt Romney was on the rise. Now, the election is gone. Romney lost.
House Republicans did not lose.
To the contrary, they won. They have a mandate directly from the voters to repeal Obamacare — and the House controls the funding purse strings. All those busy bureaucrats at HHS busy infringing on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church? De-fund them. All those EPA bureaucrats busy making war on the American coal industry? Cut off their funding. House Republicans also have a mandate directly from the people not to raise taxes. Where is the Reagan-Kemp style plan to fight the looming Obama tax increases? The last thing House Republicans should be doing is turning their back on their own voters and instead submitting with docility to the tired-old-ideas agenda of a 1% president, the first time since 1916 that a president won re-election by a much smaller margin than his initial election.
A newly elected Speaker Walker would instantly be the man sitting across the Cabinet Room table from President Barack Obama. The man who took on the forces of liberalism head-on and defeated them — the only sitting governor so-challenged to ever have emerged not simply victorious but by a larger margin than his initial election — that would be the man now in charge of negotiating the nation’s future with President Obama.
But just as important as having a candidate, whether that candidate is Walker or anyone else outside the House (and there should be only one so the anti-Boehner, pro-conservative-for-Speaker vote is not divided), would be the presence of grassroots conservative groups as well as the myriad of conservative financial backers.
The right candidate — plus organization and money — could produce a truly potent if unusual sight. A prominent non-member of the House campaigning for Speaker in various Republican districts around the country, with a suddenly re-energized and well-funded campaign taking the fight for a conservative Speaker not only to individual districts but to the Internet, talk radio and Fox.
Imagine it. A mini-presidential campaign, conducted in Republican-held congressional districts (and yes, even in some sympathetic Democratic districts as Democrats in the House also have a vote) between now and the convening of the next session of Congress in early January — on the day the new Speaker is elected.
America has already had its first female Speaker of the House.
America has just re-elected its first black president. America is on its third female Secretary of State and has already had its first and second black Secretaries of State, one of them a woman. It has already been through its first Latino Attorney General and waits to see if the first black Attorney General will stay or move on.
Which is to say, there is a lot of enthusiasm abroad in the land for breaking old stereotypes. And one of the oldest stereotypes is that the Speaker of the House — the third ranking member of the U.S. government behind the President and Vice-President — must be a sitting member of the House.
It doesn’t have to be so. It just has never been done. It’s time for a change.
Conservatives have it in their power to make that change — and sit one of their number face-to-face across the negotiating table from Barack Obama. As a direct result of a grassroots, bottom-up campaign.
To make a powerful statement about the political strength of their principles — and make that statement in a bold and daring fashion.
What are they waiting for?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online