…or somebody equally as ridiculous. It’s a strategic move designed to give the GOP a House majority in 2022 by exposing the nutjobs who have all but taken over the Democrat Party.
Right now it appears that Republicans will have at least 210 seats in the House in the next Congress, and perhaps a many as 214 if the remaining races where the GOP candidate leads all break their way. That would leave Democrats with a slim 7-vote majority, and leave the GOP needing to gain only four seats to take control in the next election.
Given that over ten House Democrats didn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker after the 2018 midterms, it raises a tantalizing possibility: Could four House Democrats be induced to support a Republican for Speaker (or even switch parties)? Highly unlikely, but a second possibility might be considered: Republicans could pledge their support for a moderate Democrat to become Speaker. If there is a challenge mounting to Pelosi within her own caucus, the potential for mischief is well nigh irresistible.
He’s got it almost right. Hayward notes it was Republicans who initially made Willie Brown Speaker of the California Assembly…
I don’t think this has never happened before in the House, but there is a precedent for it on the state level—specifically in California in 1980. Following that election, majority Democrats in the state Assembly were split over choosing the next speaker between Leo McCarthy, the incumbent speaker, and challenger Howard Berman. This factional fight represented the geographical split among California Democrats, with McCarthy coming from the Bay Area while Berman was part of the LA-based Democratic machine run by Berman and Henry Waxman that was tired of Bay Area domination of the party.
The Democratic caucus was badly split, with San Francisco’s ambitious Willie Brown waiting in the wings. I’m not sure who instigated the deal, but Brown teamed up with Republicans and a handful of Democrats to install Brown as speaker in 1981. What did Republicans get from the deal? Increased representation on key committees, and the vice chairmanship of all the committees. Brown of course stripped Republicans of these concessions two years later after Democrats had a good election, and Brown—an extremely talented politician—went on to dominate the legislature for nearly 15 years, frustrating Republicans at every turn. It was probably a bad deal for Republicans in the long run, though it at the time it surely looked like a deal worth trying.
He goes on talking about things like committee assignments and so forth.
Nah, nah, nah.
First of all there are no moderate Democrats left in the House. There are only liberal Democrats who shine their constituents on in pretending to be moderates, and then there are hard-core socialists with “D’s” next to their names. The moderates are all gone.
You’ll never find a Blue Dog Democrat you can make Speaker in exchange for half the committees, etc. That isn’t the right strategy.
The right strategy is to put all 214 Republican House votes behind AOC, or Sheila Jackson Lee, or Hank Johnson, or Ilhan Omar, or even Adam Schiff. Find the most loathsome, ridiculous and stupid Hard Left Democrat, who everybody knows and hates and who will immediately abuse his or her power while abjectly failing to govern, and put him or her in that chair. You don’t have to get anything out of it other than maybe something the Hard Left wants along with the GOP. Antitrust legislation aimed at Big Tech, for example; there are Hard Left people out there who hate Facebook and Google as much as Republicans do.
But don’t ask for anything like a seat at the governing table. You don’t want that. What you want is an abject shitshow for which you can personify the Democrat in charge, and you want that Democrat in charge to be wholly incapable of either escaping the blame or talking their way around it.
You want to show the American public what it looks like to have these people running things.
Most of us already know based on our experiences with Nancy Pelosi. But taking her out is its own reward; Pelosi deserves to get fired, and it sounds like the Democrats want to fire her. What you don’t want is to let them find somebody who’s actually capable and effective. That would be a disaster for the country.
Anybody they have would be a disaster, because they’re Democrats. They don’t believe in America as founded, otherwise they wouldn’t be Democrats.
The goal is to turn them out of power, not have them be effective in charge.
A Speaker Sheila Jackson Lee, Hank Johnson, AOC, Adam Schiff, Jared Nadler or Steve Cohen would absolutely repulse American voters and produce a Republican House majority in the 2022 elections. Guaranteed.
So find one of those loons or morons who can get a handful of other loons or morons to get behind him or her, then supply your choice with 2014 House GOP votes to get to 2018.
Then step back and watch it burn.
And if the responsible Democrats start to panic and come to Kevin McCarthy looking to make it stop, that’s fine – at that point McCarthy can play hardball and negotiate the withdrawal of GOP support for the idiot speaker on whatever terms he chooses. He doesn’t have to go down with the AOC (or whoever) ship. He can be reasonable.
But seeing as though Democrats are willing to poison every institution in America against American culture, freedom and prosperity, why wouldn’t Republicans be willing to throw wrenches into the gears of the Democrats’ political power centers?
Choose the least fit speaker you can find, and set them loose to wreck the Democrats’ House majority.