Hey, let’s elect a new Speaker from outside the House

posted at 7:31 pm on December 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Ed’s headline in the Greenroom for this piece (written by the co-author of “The Republicans Are the Problem”) tells you all you need to know about what an unserious bit of trolling it is, but I’m oddly comforted to see it show up on WaPo’s op-ed page. It’s proof positive that even the most celebrated newspapers aren’t immune from having to scrounge for content in the news desert between Christmas and New Year’s. Coming tomorrow, presumably: “Let’s repeal term limits for Obama.”

Still, it’s worth writing about for two reasons. One: Conservative dissatisfaction with Boehner is real. We may well end up with a new Speaker on January 3. No harm in thinking about alternatives. Two: It’s a useful prism through which to consider the leadership void in the GOP right now.

What if Boehner doesn’t survive? Go to Article I, Section 2: The Constitution does not say that the speaker of the House has to be a member of the House. In fact, the House can choose anybody a majority wants to fill the post. Every speaker has been a representative from the majority party. But these days, the old pattern clearly is not working…

The best way out of this mess would be to find someone from outside the House to transcend the differences and alter the dysfunctional dynamic we are all enduring. Ideally, that individual would transcend politics and party — but after David Petraeus’s stumble, we don’t have many such candidates. It would have to be a partisan Republican.

One option would be Jon Huntsman. By any reasonable standard, he is a conservative Republican: As governor of Utah, he supported smaller government, lower taxes and balanced budgets, and he opted consistently for market-based solutions. As a presidential candidate, he supported positions that were in the wheelhouse of Ronald Reagan. But a Speaker Huntsman would look beyond party and provide a different kind of leadership. He would drive a hard bargain with the president but would aim for a broad majority from the center out, not from the right fringe in. He could not force legislation onto the floor, but he would have immense moral suasion.

Another option would be Mitch Daniels, the longtime governor of Indiana and a favorite on the right. Daniels has shown a remarkable ability to work with Democrats and Republicans, and he is a genuine fiscal conservative — meaning he does not worship at the shrine of tax cuts if they deepen deficits, and he would look for the kind of balanced approach to the fiscal problem put forward by Simpson-Bowles, ­Rivlin-Domenici and the Gang of Six.

It’s true, Huntsman or Daniels might pursue some sort of Bowles-Simpson deal with Obama. So what? Even if one of them hammered out a mutually acceptable deal with Obama, how would he get it passed? The difficulty in the House isn’t that Boehner’s opposed to a grand bargain or a “balanced approach,” it’s the fact that (a) the Democratic caucus is overwhelmingly liberal and (b) the tea party minority on the GOP side is sizable enough that it can block nearly any bill that relies on Republican votes alone to get to 218. And thanks to the magic of gerrymandering, congressmen from deep red or deep blue districts — of which there are many — have more to fear from a primary challenge by someone to their right or left, respectively, than they do from the general election. (Some Republicans were candid about this in explaining why they voted against Plan B.) Jon Huntsman’s alleged “immense moral suasion” isn’t going to convince a liberal or conservative whose ass is on the line in two years to back a compromise bill that neither side likes.

Is there anyone with enough “moral suasion” to convince a divided caucus to pass a compromise with the president, though? If Democrats had this problem, the obvious answer (as it always is) would be Bill Clinton. He remains hugely popular in his party and among the population generally, and he has the gravitas of being an ex-president. There’s no one like that on the Republican side, someone so respected by all wings of the party that their endorsement of a “grand bargain” package would provide enough political cover to conservatives to vote for it that they wouldn’t have to worry (much) about a primary. Daniels does have lots of cred nationally on fiscal issues but not remotely enough stature for a recalcitrant conservative congressman to cast a tough vote without fear of consequences. The only person I can think of who might fit the bill is Paul Ryan: He’s showed unusual seriousness on the federal budget with the Path to Prosperity, he has a national profile now thanks to Romney, and he knows members of the GOP caucus personally, which is key to persuasion. The problem is, as someone with presidential ambitions, Ryan would be nuts to step into this role. He’ll face the same primary problem on a national scale in 2016 as individual Republican congressmen will face two years from now. And he’s refused to compromise on a grand bargain when he’s had opportunities in the past. Remember, he voted no on Bowles-Simpson because it didn’t go far enough to reduce health-care costs. Why would he want the most thankless job in Washington, then? Best-case scenario is that he helps pass a grand bargain that conservatives dislike. Worst-case scenario is that the gridlock continues and he’s derided by the media as an ineffective leader. (He endorsed Boehner’s Plan B and yet they couldn’t even get the bill to the floor.) Who needs that?

You know, now that I think of it, there is a guy out there with the stature and moral suasion to deliver 100+ votes from his own party for a significant compromise on deficit reduction if he was really, really interested in one. Is he?


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This is always a fun scenario to kick around because it’s both a totally wild idea and totally legal. Not really practical. But fun to think about anyway.

Speaker of the House Glenn Beck….

The possibilities are endless.

dczombie on December 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Biff Huntsman..?

d1carter on December 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Palin.

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Paging Mrs. Palin…

Mrs. Sarah Palin…

Please pick up a white racist courtesy telephone for an important message…

Mrs. Sarah Palin…

Imagine what Sarah would do with a fully charged can of Whoop-ass to uncork upon Washington.

She would be the woman of the hour.

turfmann on December 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Speaker Mitt Romney!!!

Jon0815 on December 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

To start the fireworks early on this one: SARAH PALIN

meci on December 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You know, now that I think of it, there is a guy out there with the stature and moral suasion to deliver 100+ votes from his own party for a significant compromise on deficit reduction if he was really, really interested in one. Is he?

Click on that link only if you don’t care about the condition of your eyes or your brain. My god, do they look stupid!!!

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Ted Nugent!

Mr. Arrogant on December 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Heh…..

I wonder what W is up to these days? Think he’d garner some support riding into town as the new sheriff in the house?

I’d love it just to see the left’s heads explode.

TKindred on December 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I think Charles Delvin from Deluth Minnesota would make an EXCELLENT speaker.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Paul Ryan as speaker is interesting, although I think the chaos associated with kicking out Boehner and bringing in a new Speaker is dissuasive enough for me to want to just (gulp) keep Boehner.

Why would Bjarke Huntsman want to become Speaker? Wouldn’t taking all those votes undermine his juggernaught 2016 campaign?

Robert_Paulson on December 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Sarah and if not Newt.

derft on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

o start the fireworks early on this one: SARAH PALIN

meci on December 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

That works for me!

katy the mean old lady on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Mitch Daniels just checked with his wife. He can’t be Speaker.

Mark1971 on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Newt.

derft on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

That too.

katy the mean old lady on December 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

NEWT!!!! No on-the-job training necessary. It’s an argument that works for lib nominees.

nicefly on December 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Colonel Oliver North.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Or Jimi.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

You know, now that I think of it, there is a guy out there with the stature and moral suasion to deliver 100+ votes from his own party for a significant compromise on deficit reduction if he was really, really interested in one. Is he?

I doubt he would try. he knows he probably can’t pull it off and failure would be hugely embarrassing.

Rode Werk on December 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Is there anyone with enough “moral suasion” to convince a divided caucus to pass a compromise with the president, though?

Who the hell thinks that we want a Speaker that seeks compromise with the rat-eared wonder? Speaker of the House is arguably the most powerful position in DC because all spending has to originate in the House. I want to see a leader that uses that leverage to make the filthy Kenyan in the White House compromise not some “moderate” traitor like Huntsman bargain away the right wing to pick up left-of-center Democrats.

My choice, Allen West though Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, or Sarah Palin are all choices that would make the left explode.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Allen West. Wouldn’t negotiate and wouldn’t care.

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Theres only one truely conservative answer to this mess. The Establishment and its media lackies tried to keep him down and out, but he isnt a man who gives up easily. He’s got the skill, the looks, the name and the intelligence to save America. That a man of his stature wasnt a major player in this years campaign sufficiently prooves a conspiracy. America and the GOP need Buddy Roemer!

Valkyriepundit on December 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

My vote? Rush Limbaugh! He he would have a spine, unlike most republicans these days

sadsushi on December 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Allen West. Wouldn’t negotiate and wouldn’t care.

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You say that as if it is a bad thing. ;0

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

new speaker???

ANYONE, ANNNNNNNNYYYYYYONE on the gop that will tell Obama to get off.

…..and mean it.

PappyD61 on December 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

My vote? Rush Limbaugh! He he would have a spine, unlike most republicans these days

sadsushi on December 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Not a bad choice at all! Might make debates tough though. Three hours alloted for a particular issue and only one or two Congressmen get to weigh into the debate.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Sarah and if not Newt.

derft on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

No thanks. I don’t want Bob Livingston crawling outta the woodwork again.

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Ornstein is deranged. In general he believes R’s are “intransigent outliers” — so his solution is, what? Get rid of Boehner? Bring in Jon Hunstman? Why would “intransigent outliers” be more likely to vote for a deal Huntsman negotiated?

Ornstein has lost his mind.

Chuckles3 on December 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Fred Thompson…

Kaptain Amerika on December 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Out of 435 we can’t find even 1 worth a damn?

wolly4321 on December 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

No Palin please.
Allen West please.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I think Charles Delvin from Deluth Minnesota would make an EXCELLENT speaker.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Don’t know the guy and I don’t care. ALL Politicians from Minnesota are flakes.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

What’s with the Huntsman crap? The day that RINO becomes speaker or is ever considered for the role we are doomed. DOOMED!

HopeHeFails on December 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Balanced approach is code for taxes increases and bigger gov’t.

paulsur on December 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Allen West. Wouldn’t negotiate and wouldn’t care.

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You say that as if it is a bad thing. ;0

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Actually, no I meant it as a positive attribute, although didn’t come across that way.

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Mark Levin.

RealMc on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Mark Steyn!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

No Palin please.
Allen West please.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Your Palin envy continues..:)

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Out of 435 we can’t find even 1 worth a damn?

wolly4321 on December 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Of course we can. The problem is that the establishment GOP has one vision and a good portion of the House has another. Boehner is their guy because he’s willing to sell out the right wing of the party who they detest. If these traitors would only recognize the fiscal conservatives are part of the party, unity would never be an issue.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

No Palin please.
Allen West please.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

You need to research West’s voting record and then come back when you’re educated. Thanks.

Mr. Arrogant on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Jimmy, who works gas pump #7 at the Texaco Station in Tigard, Oregon would make a better Speaker than John Boehner.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Your Palin envy continues..:)

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Hit her in the head! WHACK!

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Still an idiot I see.
You seem to think that any and every woman who takes issue with Sarah Palin only does so out of envy.
You’d probably sound smarter if you stopped ‘thinking’.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Herman Cain FTW

Kakalak Pundit on December 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Umm.. Jon Huntsman is a vapid tool. And yes Ryan is the only “compromise” candidate. However, along with the 2016 problem.. and the cutesy saying about his ego not being big enough or his dream job are so ridiculous that even he has dropped it, he and Obama hate each other… See GWU speech. For political blogs, it would be great fun.. (Like Hot Air isn’t chomping at the bit to analyze the tense fraught meetings and snotty leaks). And for Rs , Ryan would be more effective than Boehner. However, it wouldn’t lead to a grand bargain. It would be more effective PR for the Rs because Ryan is a better Washington player (Why Barry hates him.), but no budget deal. The only way the problem gets resolved.. President Paul Ryan with a mandate or complete fiscal collapse.

Illinidiva on December 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Palin would get used as a floor mop by the demorats, so no.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Love to see Ryan leading, but he isn’t that stupid. He’d be labeled as part of the problem. How many former speaker’s of the house have become President?

James K. Polk is the only president who was once the Speaker of the House before becoming President of the United States”

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I like being annoyinglittletwerp. Why the hell would I want to be just like Sarah Palin?
Wait…I don’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Heheehehe

Go see the Drudge pic.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

You’d probably sound smarter if you stopped ‘thinking’.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

You’d probably sound smarter if you started ‘thinking’.

derft on December 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

WHACK!

And you be nice to idesign!

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Pick anybody. You can’t do worse than Boehner. Not possible.

rrpjr on December 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Still an idiot I see.
You seem to think that any and every woman who takes issue with Sarah Palin only does so out of envy.
You’d probably sound smarter if you stopped ‘thinking’.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Looks like I hit a nerve..:)

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Jimmy, who works gas pump #7 at the Texaco Station in Tigard, Oregon would make a better Speaker than John Boehner.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

The list of those who would make a better Speaker than the orange one is almost endless. I’d suggest the guy who delivers my paper but I’ve had reliable service for over a year and would hate to see that end.

What really ticks me off though is this idea that the Speaker needs to be the great compromiser with the rat-eared wonder. Isn’t that what we have now? A spineless worm who is willing to talk tough and sell out the Republican base? I want a warrior in the job instead of somebody the same color as Elmo.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

As long as we’re dreamin’ happy dreams…

Palin!

petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Hillary…!

/ (<- just in case any of you thought i was serious)

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Sarah Palin. Absolutely.

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

If only Michelle Bachmann had the wisdom to sit out the primaries she’d be a front runner for Speaker now.

Archivarix on December 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Read the headline and before even getting to the article I did a word search for “Palin” just to see how long it would take for someone to go there in the comments. I’m a bit surprised it took all the way to #3.

alchemist19 on December 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Geo. W. Bush, he’s already being blamed for everything anyway.

flyoverland on December 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Read the headline and before even getting to the article I did a word search for “Palin” just to see how long it would take for someone to go there in the comments. I’m a bit surprised it took all the way to #3.

alchemist19 on December 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

And if I hadn’t been watching porn in another window it’da been first.

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

And actually.. I don’t think Ryan would suffer from the grand bargain with Obama. A deal might actually vault him past Rubio. Ryan is actually probably the most electable conservative candidate in the field… Seriously.. Obama’s BFF Christie is going to smear him with that. I have five positions on every issue.. Marco Rubio.. is going to do it. Jeb Bush. Bobby Jindal.. aka I’m a smart R? The danger for him is he becomes the face of Congress and loses his appealing personality edge.

Illinidiva on December 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

On a serious note, why doesn’t the GOP pick one of the Governors that are supposedly contenders for the nomination in 2016? Somebody who might otherwise be accused of not having federal experience.

But if anybody suggests Chris Christie as a legitimate option then, I’m going third party. The filthy fat bastard lost what little support I would give him when he drooled over Obama the same way he covets a double bacon cheeseburger. That may be popular with the filthy vermin in NJ but it isn’t who I want to see as a leader of the GOP. Jindal lost me over amnesty. So…. at this point I’m thinking Walker. Solid conservative credentials with an established working relationship with Paul Ryan.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

And you be nice to idesign!

Lanceman on December 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

HOW many years have me and Gov. Palin’s biggest fan being goin’ at each other? It’s gotta be 2+ years.
As long as she keeps goin’ into swoon mode every time Palin’s name comes up-it ain’t gonna happen. *peers over glasses*

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Jimmy, who works gas pump #7 at the Texaco Station in Tigard, Oregon would make a better Speaker than John Boehner.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

His sister Barb E. Dahl, who works gas pump #6 beside him, would make a better Speaker too.

petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Second for Walker…though he did tweet a happy kwanzaa greeting today.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Newt.

derft on December 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM
That too.

katy the mean old lady on December 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

That’d be a hoot!

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

If the wapo put this out, it’s not due to trolling, rather to shift the discussion to someone more preferable to the progressives if the meme grows legs. They fear it could happen hence the story.

Chuck Huntsman is “conservative”. Really?

Mitch Daniels? Please, not!!

Ryan? Forget it. He’d compromise all over the place as a CINO.

The conservatives in the House precisely because their constituents put them there to gridlock the govt from more taxes and more debt. They’re there to drive down spending. Their mandate is to win and make the big govt crowd lose whenever possible. Compromise is not an option.

Therefore, if it’s going to be an outsider, let it be Palin!!!

AH_C on December 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

though he did tweet a happy kwanzaa greeting today.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Kwanzaa kinda fazzizled a few years ago. Hope those retailers aren’t hoping for much! Did BHO wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa?

/Just curious

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Happy Nomad. Walker will defer to Ryan as they’re BFFs.

Illinidiva on December 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Speaker Tyler Durden

FloatingRock on December 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

The filthy fat bastard lost what little support I would give him when he drooled over Obama the same way he covets a double bacon cheeseburger.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Lol, he lost me then too. Not to mention possibly the election for us too. But I still like the guy and wish him the best in NJ. I just want him to stay there.

petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

HOW many years have me and Gov. Palin’s biggest fan being goin’ at each other? It’s gotta be 2+ years.
As long as she keeps goin’ into swoon mode every time Palin’s name comes up-it ain’t gonna happen. *peers over glasses*

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Every time Palin’s name comes up you attack her like the passive/agressive twerp you are. You went in to envy mode before I ever commented..:)

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Passive/aggressive

idesign on December 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I was going to say Allen West but I simply can’t pass up on Levin. Perfect. He does know the law inside and out.

BullShooterAsInElk on December 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Greg Gutfeld

Mark1971 on December 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The best way out of this mess would be to find someone from outside the House to transcend the differences and alter the dysfunctional dynamic we are all enduring.

OK, Boehner is not exactly an inspiring statesman but I don’t think he’s the primary problem. Put the word ‘White’ in front of the word House in the quote above and you would have a much better proposal of where we should be looking to put a conservative Republican – when we get the chance again.

DaveDief on December 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Second for Walker…though he did tweet a happy kwanzaa greeting today.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Okay. Though I don’t see anything wrong in wishing people well on made-up fake holidays like Kwanzaa, which is essentially an excuse to further the idea of black victimhood. I’ll check my e-mail for Festivus greetings.

For me, I guess it comes down to this. I’m not keen or interested in seeing Boehner get another two years as Speaker. His worthless state went for Obama. I realize WI did as well but to be successful the GOP needs to court voters in places like WI instead of pandering to a bunch of worthless moochers in OH. I must never be forgotten that Obamaphone lady was a buckeye.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

It can only be Palin!

Obamasatan would have a heart attack once it became public!

Danielvito on December 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Kwanzaa kinda fazzizled a few years ago. … Did BHO wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa?

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I was disgusted to see FNC a day or two ago run a Happy Kwanzaa spot. That crap is so stupid.

Ann Coulter nails this bit of preposterous agitprop:

Marx in Dreadlocks – Kwanzaa: Holiday From The FBI

http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulte

I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.

petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Obamaphone lady was a buckeye.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

the Obama Phone Lady. Hahaha!

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Bo(eh)ner’s Buddies have a Plan P in case he diesn’t get re-elected Speaker.

Steve Eggleston on December 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The best way out of this mess would be to find someone from outside the House to transcend the differences and alter the dysfunctional dynamic we are all enduring.

“transcend the differences”? WTFF? The best way out of this is to find someone who is actually conservative and has a brain and a backbone. That’s all that matters. Not anything about “transcend[ing] the differences]”, whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

OK, Boehner is not exactly an inspiring statesman but I don’t think he’s the primary problem.

DaveDief on December 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I disagree. And I’m probably not going to be all that respectful in doing so.

Some of Boehner’s actions were reasonably defensible even though he ignored huge swaths of the GOP base to pander to the rat-eared wonder. My issue with the orange traitor is that this is the norm with him and continues to be. Whenever we get into one of these crunches where the GOP’s sole outlet in the legislative or executive process is the House- Boehner caves and goes along with the Democrats. I want a leader who stands up for conservative principles. He is indeed the primary problem because he will not engage the enemy.

In short. Boehner must be a French name because at the drop of the hat the filthy bastard will retreat or surrender.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The obvious answer is Newt, however I doubt he really wants the aggravation. However, it would be interesting since Newt is probably one of the few Republicans who could really change the narrative and control the terms of the debate. I suspect there would be a revolt among the Republicans who want to just give-in to the Democrats.

bflat879 on December 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Allen West. Wouldn’t negotiate and wouldn’t care.

STL_Vet on December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

He voted for Pigford soon after his election.

Wolfen on December 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.
petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

that is so true. Before I moved, my next door neighbors were black, awesome people, great neighbors. One year, I think maybe 2002 or something they sat in their yard and lit fireworks and wished eachother Happy Kwaanza. I felt so bad for their little boy. He had no Christmas that year. He was sooo depressed. That’s the only year they did it.

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

As long as we’re throwing names out

Ted Nugent

My guns and I would feel safe with Speaker Ted on the job.

eyesky on December 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Joe Quimby

BallisticBob on December 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

“transcend the differences”? WTFF? The best way out of this is to find someone who is actually conservative and has a brain and a backbone. That’s all that matters. Not anything about “transcend[ing] the differences]”, whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The rat-eared wonder was supposed to be a post-partisan President that “transcended the differences” to end the polarization of the political process. How’d that work out?

Any idiot who thinks the GOP should elect a leader who is willing to go along with these filthy criminals instead of fighting for traditional conservative principles is really nothing more than one of the worthless parasites who got Obama elected to a second term. Parasites all.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

If you listen closely, the MSM and the WH are making it clear that the Tea Party has no place in DC.

I’d take that as a direct poke in the eye. I think after the new year we’re going to be stronger. All of the country club members need to be purged. They’re all in it for the money and power. How can we have a few hundred power hungry, money grubbing, filthy dirty liars governing 300 million of us?

NEWT!

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Jimmy, who works gas pump #7 at the Texaco Station in Tigard, Oregon would make a better Speaker than John Boehner.

portlandon on December 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Rarely disagree sir, but in this case his brother Frankie would be better able to elucidate Conservative principals.

arnold ziffel on December 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Click on that link only if you don’t care about the condition of your eyes or your brain. My god, do they look stupid!!!

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Gee thanks, Schad. Now I have to wash my eyes with bleach. Not sure if it’s from Barky, or the Medusa behind him.

chewmeister on December 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

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Jimmy would still be better than Boehner.

arnold ziffel on December 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The Nuge +1.

wolly4321 on December 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

bflat879 on December 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Somebody at some point is going have to explain to me the appeal of Newt in 2012. Make no mistake, I agree with much that he says. He can express complex ideas in ways that even the stupid greedy people who voted for Obama can understand with a little bit of explanation. But, IMO, the GOP needs to have a message of being forward thinking. You don’t do that by bringing back the guy who became Speaker a decade ago.

I’ve always said that Newt’s best post-Congressional opportunity was as king maker and not trying to be the next king. Same holds true for Sarah Palin.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Pelosi. She did wonders for the GOP last time she was the speaker.

alchemist19 on December 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

If you listen closely, the MSM and the WH are making it clear that the Tea Party has no place in DC.

Key West Reader on December 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

That’s what most of this is about, dividing the GOP and turning it against the Tea Party. The only suitable response is another 2010 in 2014.

petefrt on December 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

As long as we’re throwing names out

Ted Nugent

eyesky on December 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Why not? Look at the clown that Minnesota ended up with in the Senate after the Dems stole the election.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Newt’s problem as a public face for the party is that he’s a fat, old, ugly white man named Newt. The media makes enough of a caricature of the GOP already without us tossing them that kind of softball.

alchemist19 on December 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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