Conservatives need to regain the initiative within the GOP. In just the last few days, we’ve seen Boehner offer up $800 billion in new revenues, when not ONE GOP congressman ran last month endorsing higher taxes. All we heard from Republicans during the campaign was, correctly, the mantra that “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” So, what does Boehner do? Propose more revenue, and without ANY concrete agreement on spending cuts.
And then, he whacks four fiscal conservatives from key committee assignments, attempting to instill fear in the rest of the caucus, because ANY spending increase will NOT pass the House with only GOP votes; a substantial number of Democrats would have to go along. And the Speaker probably couldn’t survive that.
It’s time for conservatives to mount a bold, decisive stroke. And what better way than for Tim Scott to challenge Boehner in the caucus. Scott has already opposed leadership several times in the past on key bills, notable the debt ceiling increase.
He is a true movement conservative, both fiscal and social, and a Tea Party favorite. I think he could well win the vote. At worst, he shakes things up, reminds Boehner what he is supposed to be doing, why Republicans were elected to the Congress. Justin Amash, one of the deposed four, has just announced that he might not vote for Boehner for Speaker. So, it’s already on, as they say. I suspect that Amash, Gowdy, and others would happily put forth Scott’s name in January.
And if he wins, why, just think. The House would then be in a position to stop Obama virtually every step of the way. The base now has no confidence that Boehner is willing to fight on the merits.
Imagine Scott, instead of Boehner, conducting the press conferences in response to Obama. It would be riveting. A compelling new voice, a new face, a new image for the GOP.
There is no downside for Scott in this. I believe that if he lost a challenge to Boehner, Haley would still appoint him to the senate seat. Indeed, Scott would be even MORE popular in South Carolina. After all, DeMint has already stated publicly his view of Boehner, (yesterday on CNN):
“I’m not with Boehner. This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.”
There you have it in a nutshell. Clear, concise. DeMint has thus already laid the groundwork for a challenge by Scott.
And if Scott beats Boeher, Haley still has plenty of superb conservatives ( Gowdy, Duncan, Mulvaney among others) to consider.
Speaker of the House Tim Scott. Go ahead, say it. It sounds good, and it would be a game changer.