Just What Is It With These Speakers Of The House?

Just what is it about being a “Speaker” that causes some people to lose control, get in trouble, or otherwise cause controversies?

This past week, House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation not just from the speakership, but from the U.S. House of Representatives entirely. (Thank God.) Boehner is now known for his autocratic crackdown on Tea Party dissent. And his many crying fits. And his alleged alcoholism. (Yeah, but what congressman isn’t a drunk, a drug-addict, or a womanizer, or all of the above)? And now he’s leaving. One hopes ALL these jerks will follow him out the door, and not be replaced!

Before Speaker Boehner, there was Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said about the Affordable Care Act: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Pelosi also complained about “disparity in our country of income, where the wealthy people continue to get wealthier,” while she herself is part of the 0.1 percent. Of all the nerve, Nancy!

And then there was Speaker Dennis Hastert, under whose speakership earmarks (a.k.a. “pork”) increased like crazy, and especially to benefit himself. And while this year he has been indicted for the non-crime of withdrawing money from his own bank account, such withdrawals were allegedly to pay “hush money” to an alleged accuser of alleged sexual abuse while Hastert was a school teacher.

What is it with these people?!

And then there was Speaker Newt Gingrich: his House reprimand and $300,000 fine for ethics violations; his bogus “Contract With America”; his marriages, affairs and divorces (or vice versa); and his anti-freedom ignorance. Yes, he was “Mr. Speaker,” but certainly not “Mr. Brilliant.”

I can’t go any further back than that; my head is spinning.

Speaking of “Speakers,” you won’t believe just how bad it is with “Speakers” in Massachusetts.

Former Speaker Sal DiMasi was put on trial in 2011 for a kickback scheme to “line his own pockets,” and found guilty of conspiracy, fraud and extortion. That was after the previous Speaker, the retroactively disbarred Thomas Finneran, pleaded guilty in 2007 for felony obstruction of justice to avoid jail time in a redistricting case. Finneran then went on to be a radio talk show host, where he was known by other WRKO hosts and listeners as “Felon Finneran,” or just “The Felon.” Finneran is now a lobbyist, in Rhode Island. I’m shocked. And before Speaker Finneran was the previous Speaker, Charlie Flaherty, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to felony tax evasion and violating conflict of interest laws.

That’s three felon Massachusetts Speakers in a row, folks. Can any other state beat that?

The current Massachusetts Speaker of the House, Bob DeLeo, had a close brush with corruption exposure at last year’s trial of a former probation commissioner; but DeLeo wasn’t charged with anything despite questionable ties. He wasn’t even called as a witness, even though he probably should have been. And now, his fellow hacks at the State House want to help him to extend his time as Speaker by repealing Speaker term limits despite his earlier promise to quit at the end of his legal term limit. (Heh, that’s a new one.)

Poor Speaker Bob DeLeo recently had gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. I hope that helps. Coincidentally, previous to Speaker Flaherty was the 400-pound Speaker George Keverian, who had gastric bypass surgery in 2002, which did help him. He died a few years later, in 2009. During the 1980s and ’90s, when Speaker Keverian weighed 400 lbs, Howie Carr would refer to “George Keverian (D-Papa Gino’s)” in his Boston Herald columns. And he still does, apparently. But now, the formerly donut-munching Howie Carr himself also had gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss. That’s really catching on.

Anyway, whoever replaces Speaker John Boehner will be either a drunk, a crybaby, a fatso, corrupt, or all of the above. (Unless they draft Ron Paul, of course.)

This commentary originally appeared at Scott’s blog

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Gowdy Just Answered Those Wanting Him To Become Majority Leader With 10 Definitive Words

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is a man on a mission, and won’t be distracted by talk of him serving as the House GOP’s Majority Leader.

“I am staying on the Benghazi committee, period, exclamation point,” Gowdy said Tuesday before a House vote.

Current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will be seeking to replace departing House Speaker John Boehner.

Gowdy’s name was bandied about Tuesday after colleagues talked up his credentials.

“He is the kind of smart fighter our country needs and the American people deserve,” Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said Tuesday. “With impressive communication skills, genuine compassion and the tenacity of a prosecutor, he will unite the party and the people around a truly American agenda.”

However, Gowdy made it clear later Tuesday that he was not interested.

“I’ve never run for any leadership position, and I’m not going to start now,” Gowdy said. “Don’t know how I can be any more definitive.”

Gowdy “made it clear that he is OUT of any consideration for any leadership position,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., tweeted Tuesday night. Mulvaney had supported Gowdy for the post.

Mulvaney emphasized the importance of the Benghazi panel to Gowdy.

“l had to beg Trey to run for re-election in 2014. I absolutely think he’ll run again in 2016 for one reason and one reason only…he’s staying until the Benghazi Commission is finished. That’s it. He may leave after, but he’s certainly not leaving before then,” Mulvaney said.

Gowdy’s office, responding to a spate of stories suggesting Gowdy would not seek re-election in 2016, said the South Carolina lawmaker does not plan to resign.

Gowdy is chairman of the select House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The committee’s work has brought him in conflict with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before the panel in October.

h/t: TheBlaze

Watch: Gowdy Drops The Hammer On Planned Parenthood President – Gets Her To Admit Something Huge

During her congressional testimony Tuesday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards faced a litany of pointed questions from representatives appalled by the contents of undercover videos released over the past several months.

One noteworthy exchange came during South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy’s examination of the embattled executive.

He brought up sex- and race-selective abortions, asking Richards if she could “understand how people may support legislation that banned that.”

She responded by dismissing such criticism as a mere difference of opinion, acknowledging only “that people have a lot of different views on the issue of abortion.”

According to Richards, Planned Parenthood staffers are less concerned about the reasons behind a woman’s choice to kill her unborn child than they are about making sure that goal is achieved.

“I think fundamentally at Planned Parenthood we take the position that we trust women to make their decisions about their pregnancies,” she asserted.

Gowdy admonished Richards for her condescending tone during questioning, insisting that she frames her responses as if she is “the reasonable one and those of us who have a contrary position are not reasonable.”

The former prosecutor concluded with a direct response to Richards’ assertion that she wishes more Republicans would celebrate the millions of women who have decided to end a life they helped create.

“Eating dinner salads and drinking wine,” Gowdy insisted, “while you’re discussing infanticide – we have a problem with that, too. So I’m sure you can understand why we would be as viscerally opposed to what we saw on some of the tapes.”

Should Planned Parenthood be defunded? Send an email straight to Planned Parenthood execs and tell them exactly how you feel about them selling aborted baby parts!
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Top Republican Reveals Huge News About ‘Bulldog’ Gowdy That His Fans Will Love

Many might say Congressman Trey Gowdy has truly become a conservative star by proving that he is one of the few members of the House bold enough to shoot both barrels at Obama and the left. Now, some are saying that Gowdy might take a step up in power that has conservatives cheering.

In recent comments, Utah Republican and Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz said that he thinks that Gowdy might become the next House Majority Leader. Gowdy has been making news as the head of the committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s Department of State for its response to the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz was asked about the shuffling in leadership with the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, and the Utahn brought up the possibility of Gowdy taking a leadership role–calling the idea “Heaven-sent.”

“It would really propel Republicans in the right direction,” Chaffetz added.

“I think one of the great things that needs to happen is bringing in Trey Gowdy,” Chaffetz told Fox and Friends. “I think that the Republican Conference needs somebody who can unite the body and represent us far and wide and articulate the message …. Trey Gowdy is the best person, and having spoken to him, I actually think he’ll do it.”

Not long after Chaffetz’s appearance, another rising conservative star added her voice to the ‘draft Gowdy movement’ by tweeting her support for the South Carolina Congressman.

“I am more convinced than ever that it is time for Congress to trust the American people–and it will take the right leader in the right role to make that a reality. That is why I am asking my colleagues to join me in drafting Trey Gowdy to be our majority leader,” Rep. Love added in a later statement.

Another member of the GOP caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, added his voice to the ‘draft Gowdy movement’ with a tweet of his own.

For his part, Gowdy released a statement thanking everyone for their support. The statement from his office noted that Gowdy “appreciates the confidence of his colleagues and looks forward to tonight’s conference discussion.”

But if he runs for the position, Gowdy already has stiff competition. Current Majority Whip Louisianan Steve Scalise and Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price from Georgia have both announced their desire to run for Majority leader.

Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington bowed out of the race on Monday night.

Conservatives, though, may be hoping in vain. Gowdy’s fellow South Carolinian, Rep. Mulvaney, is saying that Rep. Gowdy is not interested in taking the leadership position.

One Congressman Just Announced He Wants To Replace Boehner. Not Everyone Is A Fan…

To the cheers of conservatives across the country, on Friday, GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner resigned–not just from the Speaker’s chair, but from Congress itself. Today, another congressman has announced that he is seeking Boehner’s position in leadership. Unfortunately, conservatives don’t see him as being any better than Boehner.

Today, California Republican and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he is throwing his hat in the ring for House members to elect him to the Speaker’s chair. McCarthy claimed that his elevation would somehow “heal the divisions” of the GOP conference in the lower chamber.

“We can’t ignore the differences that exist, but we can and must heal the divisions in our conference with work, time, and trust,” McCarthy wrote in his email announcement. “That is why I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support.”

Conservatives, though, are not so sanguine of McCarthy’s ability to heal anything. In their eyes, McCarthy is too moderate and too much of an establishment guy. They fear he will continue Boehner’s policy of refusing to fight for conservative policies.

There have been many calls from the grassroots for House Republicans to find someone besides McCarthy to take Boehner’s place because as far as they are concerned, McCarthy is more of the same and not a step in the right direction.

Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin noted on Saturday that McCarthy is no different than Boehner. Levin also said that McCarthy is exactly the same as former GOP leader Eric Cantor, who lost his last primary election in Virginia to a more conservative candidate.

“But here’s the problem,” Levin said. “They’re like zombies…They just replace each other…[House Majority Leader] Kevin McCarthy is Eric Cantor with ten less IQ points.”

Levin also charged that McCarthy isn’t a “principled conservative” and that the party needs a speaker who can lead a principled fight against a president who is increasing his activism as his own term wanes.

Former Congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh, now a talk show host in Chicago, said last Friday that McCarthy doesn’t have a conservative bone in his body.

Saying that McCarthy is “worse than Boehner,” Walsh told listeners that he worked with McCarthy and knows him well. Walsh then warned the party against choosing McCarthy as the next Speaker.

But Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader right now? Man, he doesn’t have a conservative bone in his body. He’s only been there since 2006. He’s got no core philosophy. Kevin McCarthy is a wonderful operator. But there’s no core there. There’s no philosophy there, but yet, this guy has the inside track to become the speaker.

Even The National Review magazine noted that McCarthy needs to prove he is “ready to fight” before conservatives should support him.

Also over the weekend, several different conservative organizations and Tea Party groups sent out messages to members urging them to oppose McCarthy.

Finally, Politico noted that McCarthy faces stiff opposition from the Freedom Caucus and other conservative groups, and that his path to the Speaker’s chair is “tricky.”