McCarthy’s Withdrawal: Too Early for Conservatives to Rejoice
Many conservatives across the land are rejoicing today over the withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 56% from the Speaker election. They shouldn’t. House Republicans are largely a collection of phonies.
In my view, there are only two who have earned the Speakership: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92% and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) 77%. I am confident that few conservatives would disagree that these two Representatives have demonstrated honesty, courage and outspoken defense of true conservative principles. Each towers far above the rest of the field. The election of anyone else as Speaker would be a travesty, indicating Republican business as usual.
I will not rehash what I wrote in detail in August: The Deceptive Misuse of Legislator Voting Records. But, faced with this golden opportunity, it is critically important for genuine conservatives to understand that few House Republicans have anything but contempt for them.
I pointed out that, during the Boehner reign, there were but a few roll call votes that vastly exceeded the importance of all the rest. Let’s not forget that, last December, after a major Republican victory, Speaker Boehner rammed through a bill called Cromnibus. This bill effectively nullified the 2014 Republican victory, saved the ObamaCare monstrosity (for a second time under Boehner), and enabled President Obama to continue to dictatorially further law breaking by aliens. As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% put it in a magnificently courageous speech: “anyone watching Congress right now would have little reason to think that an historic election occurred only a few weeks ago.” (Print, S6764a; Video.)
Either of the two current Speaker candidates, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 75% or Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) 72%, could have stopped Cromnibus dead in its tracks by blocking its even being considered by the House. But both voted to allow consideration. Chaffetz even voted for final passage. In fact, 67 Republicans voted against final passage of Cromnibus, but only 16 voted to stop it from being considered at all. In other words, 51 Republicans boasted of voting against passage of a bill they could have defeated by preventing it from even being voted upon.
Among the heroic 16 were Gohmert and King. (Since January 2011, King heroically has fought a courageous battle to prevent implementation of Obama Care.) Given their long history of principled courage placing them so far above everyone else in the House, if either of them is not elected Speaker, conservatives will see more of the same and they will have no cause to rejoice.
In sum, conservative joy is premature and tears may be warranted in the end. If conservatives really are serious, they should press either Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92% or Rep. Steve King (R-IA) 77% to run for Speaker and then make clear that, if one of them is not chosen, the Republican Party has no claim on conservative support.
Copyright © 2015 by Lester Jackson, Ph.D.