Tea party power: Boehner to include freshman on House Republican leadership team

posted at 9:44 pm on November 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

Smart move for him. Is it smart for the frosh?

In a nod to the strength of their newest constituency, House Republican leaders will grant incoming freshmen more say in the party’s direction than most first-term lawmakers receive.

House Republican Leader John Boehner and his No. 2, party Whip Eric Cantor, will notify newly elected Republicans Tuesday that one member of their class will get a seat at the leadership table and another two will be given spots on the Steering Committee, which decides committee assignments and chairmanships in the new Congress…

Members of the class will run for these positions, along with those of class president and freshman representative to the policy committee, on Nov. 17 after the entire Republican caucus selects its leaders for the next two years, according to the letter.

Kristi Noem, who’s frequently compared to Palin, is reportedly interested in the leadership position and has the support of Boehner, Cantor, et al. Makes sense for the GOP brain trust: She has tea party cred, knocked off a high profile Democratic up-and-comer in Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, and is plenty telegenic and well-spoken enough to serve as a spokesman for the new Republican class in TV interviews. More importantly, though, as the Times puts it, Boehner wants to ensure that the new crop is “not tempted into immediate acts of rebellion.” That is to say, they don’t want freshmen tea partiers wandering off and becoming a thorn in the leadership’s side, either by forming their own caucus or joining Bachmann’s tea-party caucus; giving them a voice in the top group is a way to reduce that pressure, and of course to purchase some political cover on tough votes. If they end up bringing something to the floor that makes tea partiers howl, now they can point to Noem or whoever and say, “Hey, she’s partly responsible too.”

Via Dakota Voice, here she is in action last week. Exit question: Is this better for Boehner or better for the incoming reps?


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PS:
Blatantblue, what is the age requirement for cougar anyway?

mizflame98 on November 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM

It’s a very fluid requirement. I mean, listen. If I’m, say, 27, and she’s 32, that ain’t no cougar. If I’m 21 and shes 33, maybe she is.

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I didn’t see anything that outrageous on this thread, or on most. There’s always been a bit of hyperbole from you on this topic

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I don’t remember Christine O’Donnell ever having any speeding tickets.

Just saying, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in this thread today.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM

I didn’t see anything that outrageous on this thread, or on most. There’s always been a bit of hyperbole from you on this topic

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Wasn’t expecting you to agree, BB.

And my position is not an intentional rhetorical tool, rather an observation. I simply think a different level of discourse should be reserved for politicians than your run-of-the-mill celebrity. That’s all.

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 9:10 AM

A big right on! from Southern Illinois.

Herb on November 9, 2010 at 9:13 AM

The tea party dreams will all end here. This is all kabuki theatre unless these folks are ushered out.

http://reason.com/blog/2010/11/07/why-is-ron-paul-supporting-spe

” If Boehner lets Bachus take over the Financial Services Committee, the Tea Partiers, and anybody else hoping for fiscal sanity, will know that he does in fact intend to let them down, as quickly as possible.”

patrick neid on November 9, 2010 at 8:52 AM

That just depressed my mood. Hotair, get on this!

Daemonocracy on November 9, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Speaking of limited government, why do they even bother with speed limits in a place like South Dakota?

Anyway it sounds like all the guys on this thread are doing about 90 :).

Seth Halpern on November 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM

If you’re attractive and a conservative, you’re shallow.
If you’re attractive and a liberal, you’re glamorous.

If you’re articulate and a conservative, you’re a phony.
If you’re articulate and a liberal, you’re intelligent.

If you’re wealthy and a conservative, you’re a thief.
If you’re wealthy and a liberal, you’re savvy.

If you’re unattractive and a conservative, you’re ugly.
If you’re unattractive and a liberal, you’re self-confident.

If you’re a high school grad and a conservative, you’re stupid.
If you’re a high school grad and a liberal, you’re a populist.

If you’re a woman and a conservative, you’re a whore.
If you’re a woman and a liberal, you’re a feminist.

If you’re a minority and a conservative, you’re a sellout.
If you’re a minority and a liberal, you’re an activist.

If you’re southern and a conservative, you’re a racist.
If you’re southern and a liberal, you’re a traditionalist.

RULE 0: You must play the game.
RULE 1: You can’t win the game.
RULE 2: You can’t break even.
RULE 3: You can’t quit playing.

fusionaddict on November 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM

fusionaddict on November 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM

But it makes winning twice as fun.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Noem sayin’?
Noem talkinbout?

Coronagold on November 9, 2010 at 4:49 AM

Hilarious. That’s how the mumbling punks here in Chicago talk. We’ll be hearing this one again.

Heck no! With all due respect, she is a lovely lady but her hair style looks like she borrowed it from James Traficant.

mizflame98 on November 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Brutal. As I said, I’m no hair guy. But it’s impossible to underestimate the taste of women when it comes to styling their hair, and this style will be everywhere, if it isn’t already.

This just in! News reports out of Santa Monica say that Justin Bieber is holed up in a spa on 2nd Street, holding four stylists hostage with a case of Nair. His demands are a little fuzzy, but it seems that he wants the LA Times to issue a statement that he actually created Kristi Noem’s hair style first, and wants credit.

Jaibones on November 9, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I don’t remember Christine O’Donnell ever having any speeding tickets.

Just saying, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in this thread today.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Some would probably have liked her better if she did.

mizflame98 on November 9, 2010 at 9:27 AM

fusionaddict on November 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I love this!

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I don’t remember Christine O’Donnell ever having any speeding tickets.

Just saying, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in this thread today.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM

So she could cross Delaware in 5 minutes instead of 10?

Steve Z on November 9, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I don’t remember Christine O’Donnell ever having any speeding tickets.

Just saying, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in this thread today.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM

That’s because she was too busy filing multimillion dollar sexual harassment lawsuits.

Guess which throws up more red flags regarding their conservatism?

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I didn’t see anything that outrageous on this thread, or on most. There’s always been a bit of hyperbole from you on this topic

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM

And there’s always been a lot of gratuitous over-the-top wallowing in shameless lauding of looks of candidates from you, so you really have no place to talk. Ease up.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

And there’s always been a lot of gratuitous over-the-top wallowing in shameless lauding of looks of candidates from you, so you really have no place to talk. Ease up.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Whooaaaaaa nellie relax there.

I just don’t think people here act as poorly as some of the super sensitive say. I’m totally eased!

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I like how she gets that voters are giving her a gift of trust and power. And she appreciates the gift and understands she has an obligation to the voters. Refreshing.

txmomof6 on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Kristi Noem, who’s frequently compared to Palin, is reportedly interested in the leadership position and has the support of Boehner, Cantor, et al. Makes sense for the GOP brain trust: She has tea party cred, knocked off a high profile Democratic up-and-comer in Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, and is plenty telegenic and well-spoken enough to serve as a spokesman for the new Republican class in TV interviews.

Exit question: Is this better for Boehner or better for the incoming reps?

This is probably a good idea for both. If the “freshman class” of 60-plus Reps (more than 1/4 of the new GOP House caucus) have a few spokes(wo)men who can meet with the leadership, the leadership will benefit from the new ideas from people who won tough campaigns in swing districts on those ideas, and the freshmen can benefit from the experience of older House members on how to move legislation through the House (drafting bills, votes on committees, uniting the majority around a single text).

This is a smart move by Boehner–harnessing the energy of the Tea Party movement by melding it with mainstream America in the House.

Boehner seems to be making a lot of smart moves in his new role as “Speaker-elect”, a welcome change from the lackadaisical leadership of former Speaker Hastert. Boehner was a young Congressman during the Gingrich years, and saw what went right and what went wrong, then accepted the thankless role of House Minority Leader in 2007, which consists of being spokesman for the opposition “Party of No” without any power to do anything about what was done. He will soon become the most powerful Republican in America, leading conservatives into battle in a divided government, and he needs to move boldly and wisely.

Steve Z on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I think Boehner is being smart. The Teaparty needed a solid nod from the Establishment. This is his way of doing it.

Bachmann should get something, though. She deserves it. She’s definitely not my own favorite. She’s a loose cannon sometimes, but still, fair is fair.

AnninCA on November 9, 2010 at 10:04 AM

That’s because she was too busy filing multimillion dollar sexual harassment lawsuits.

Guess which throws up more red flags regarding their conservatism?

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Were they frivolous lawsuits?

Just because a bunch of liberal bimbos claim to be sexually harassed if someone even looks at them doesn’t mean it doesn’t actually happen. That’s the problem with crying wolf.

SEE ALSO: Crystal Mangum.

fusionaddict on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

@Ed & Allah: Btw how come my smiley face icon/animatron/whatchamacallit thingy worked in my California/weed comment a bunch of threads ago but didn’t this time around?

Seth Halpern on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

That’s because she was too busy filing multimillion dollar sexual harassment lawsuits.

Guess which throws up more red flags regarding their conservatism?

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Oh, I see your logic. You can’t drive fast while you’re filing a lawsuit because it makes you too busy or something.

Got it.

That’s lazy and dumb, even for you.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

It’s a smart move for both. I hope those who have feared that Boehner is just an establishment hack who will shun the freshman are taking note. He’s a serious guy and he understands the problems the GOP got into post 94 and is being intentional about preventing that scenario from playing out again.

One thing we have going for us is that we have a Speaker who is more humble than we did after 94. For all his visionary brilliance (or whatever people are calling it these days) Newt was too damn full of himself and he let that get in the way of good governing. Hastert was less of an ego than Newt but no better at governing. Boehner is the real deal. I’m excited to see what he will do with this opportunity!

dczombie on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

@Ed & Allah: Btw how come my smiley face icon/animatron/whatchamacallit thingy worked in my California/weed comment a bunch of threads ago but didn’t this time around?

Seth Halpern on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

AP spilled red bull on one of the servers

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM

O’Donnell’s lawsuit wasn’t frivolous. It was very legitimate, and it was against a ridiculous policy about women.

I support her fully on that one.

I think the issue about O’Donnell is that she knew she’d been on Maher’s show about witches, etc., and still ran for the Senate rather than a Rep position.

If there was one reason I let go of being nuts over Rove’s move, it was that.

Had she honestly wanted to be a part of DC, then run for a Rep position.

Senators must pass a higher bar.

AnninCA on November 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM

the super sensitive say.

blatantblue on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Not super-sensitive, actually. I’ve just seen this in so many threads and think, at least for those with political ambitions who aren’t trading on their looks, we should respect that.

Maybe it’s just internet/Hot Air culture, though. *shrugs*

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Every time you reduce the implications of O’Donnell’s lawsuit as “just a lawsuit”, it’s the equivalent of saying RomneyCare was “just a health initiative”.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Were they frivolous lawsuits?

fusionaddict on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

It sat in limbo for years until she realized it was a waste of time and withdrew it. Given her later record of dishonesty when it came to questions about her history, particularly her constant financial missteps, she forfeited the benefit of the doubt.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Huge fan of Noem. She’s got a great story, is a hard worker, and I haven’t found any odd stories about her. I’m glad Boehner is giving some of these freshmen some decent positions.

Of course, when you pick up SO MANY seats, you’re bound to fill some spots with newcomers.

As far as O’Donnell, two points. 1 – she won a primary, lost a general. Unless she runs again, why are we talking about her? 2 – how many people do you know who appeared on Maher’s show? She may not be the best representative of your average Tea Partier.

hawksruleva on November 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Every time you reduce the implications of O’Donnell’s lawsuit as “just a lawsuit”, it’s the equivalent of saying RomneyCare was “just a health initiative”.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Argumentum ad Romneyum. That’s a new one, hypocrite.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Every time you reduce the implications of O’Donnell’s lawsuit as “just a lawsuit”, it’s the equivalent of saying RomneyCare was “just a health initiative”.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Misquoting me now, liar? Keep up the good work.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Misquoting me now, liar? Keep up the good work.

fossten on November 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

On numerous occasions, you’ve referred to “lawsuits” or “a lawsuit”, while carefully eliminated or avoiding anything that might distinguish it as the behemoth that it was: a seven million dollar grievance against a conservative thinktank on the basis that she was denied promotion because she was female.

Dodgy as Christine, I see. I can see why you’d believe her, though. After all, it’s not like she has a tendency to whine about failure and blame it on other people, right?

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I agree totally with Christine on suing that conservative religious group. The boss clearly made a decision that “women” shouldn’t be in charge.

Come on. That’s disgusting.

Now, her response? I am not like her. I’d have just high-tailed it out of that sect. But apparently, she felt connected and fought it from the inside.

She was a flawed candidate, no doubt. But I still say that she was as prepared as Coons.

He’s a disaster, too.

With Rove’s help, nobody every got focused on his failures.

AnninCA on November 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM

It sat in limbo for years until she realized it was a waste of time and withdrew it. Given her later record of dishonesty when it came to questions about her history, particularly her constant financial missteps, she forfeited the benefit of the doubt.

MadisonConservative on November 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM

We’ll never agree on this one. I’d have voted for her over Coons in a heartbeat.

I’d say that CT is simply a blue state, and even the GOP there isn’t really remotely GOP.

Just lump them in with NY, CA.

The conservatives mounted a great primary campaign. Then it sputtered.

And Rove helped. The man got out there and gave the attack points against her 5 times on national TV.

DeMint is totally right on this one. Rove didn’t even give the GOP base in CT a chance.

AnninCA on November 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Sounds like Boehner wants Kristi Noem to become the House teagro.

Yephora on November 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Heck no! With all due respect, she is a lovely lady but her hair style looks like she borrowed it from James Traficant.

mizflame98 on November 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM

And her clothes look like she’s auditioning for Star Trek.

Jimbo3 on November 9, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Palin didn’t endorse Noem, a fellow woman huntress? That just doesn’t compute. Hmmm.

Godzilla on November 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Boehner is soooo much smarter than McConnell.

doufree on November 9, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Maybe it’s just internet/Hot Air culture, though. *shrugs*

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Internet, in my experience. This thread’s out of hand though, I agree. I think it’s fine to acknowledge and/or appreciate someone’s looks and you’d have to be blind or liberal to think Noem doesn’t have them .. however, she’s here to do a job. Reducing her to just a pretty face is a disservice.

Heralder on November 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I know it’s sexist, etc, but she’s got the Sabrina Lloyd in Sports Night thing going on…

Call me whatever you like; I know what I like…

massrighty on November 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I hope the freshmen in their zeal do not fail to heed the lesson from the Democrats, “Too much too fast is a quick trip to the dusty aisles of history.”

I hope the old guard can counsel caution while the new mama and poppa grizzlies push to keep the old guard away from their old habits.

{^_^}

herself on November 10, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Oh, there is something about Bachmann that has been bothering me…

http://ricochet.com/conversations/How-NOT-to-Succeed-in-Politics-On-Bachmann-and-Blowing-It

Kermit on November 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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