Boehner’s Done. Now This Unexpected Congressman Could Be Our Saving Grace

There could be a scurry for conservative Republicans to find an opposition candidate in the race for the House Speaker post. One of those names that pundits are pondering – and pushing – is Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

The GOP leadership is left with significant space to fill after House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. Boehner was no favorite among conservatives as he sided or compromised with Democrats and President Obama on many key issues. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been the presumed successor, but he doesn’t light the fire of the conservative faction. He also reportedly doesn’t have quite enough votes to secure the seat.

According to pundits, conservatives are putting out reeling lines for a person with a stronger ties to Tea Party conservatism. The problem is Boehner is pushing for an Oct. 8 election, giving Tea Party conservatives little time to gather their opposition forces.

This is where Justin Amash’s name comes into play. Political experts think he may just be right for House Speaker as he has already offered leadership within the House.

“I often take sort of a mini-leadership role on the House floor,” he added. “I represent an important Republican perspective, and there are a lot of members who come to me on the House floor and maybe even rely on me to provide an alternative perspective to what they’re hearing from leadership,” Amash said.

Amash, 35, would also bring some youth and diversity to the party’s leadership. Amash, an Eastern Orthodox Christian of Syrian and Palestinian heritage, has spoken graciously of older elected leaders. However, he believes there are better and newer ways of doing things.

“[Boehner] and a lot of the leadership team come from a different generation. They were first elected several years ago, sometimes decades ago, and it’s not surprising that their perspective is going to be different than a lot of the newer members,” Amash said in one interview.

Despite all that’s going for Amash, Boehner has not been favorable towards the young congressman.

Boehner has been so opposed to Amash that he pulled him from the budget committee in late 2012, even though Amash voted with the committee’s Republican chair 95 percent of the time. Boehner was also behind the effort to push Amash out of his seat during the 2014 primary election. Amash was re-elected.

According to Amash’s House web page, he was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in economics from the University of Michigan and then received a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a business lawyer for his family’s business before going into politics.

A key thing about Amash, according to political experts, is his perfect voting presence record. He has been present for every single vote in Congress and in the Michigan Legislature when he was a state representative. That is more than 4,000 roll call votes.

One of his key issues is overspending, considering it a fundamental threat to the country’s economy and national security. He introduced a balanced budget amendment called the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment and supports a simple tax code. Pundits report that he is an avid constitutionalist and a stickler for parliamentary procedure.

“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty,” Amash said.

The Michigan representative has been critical of the National Security Administration gathering mass amounts of citizen’s phone data. He watched the entire proceedings when the Patriot Act was debate to make sure nothing, such as an extension of a spying bill, was added while other representatives were out of town.

Another fact about Amash that is promoting his favor among conservative pundits is his use in modern technology to promote his transparency. He explains every vote on his Facebook page.

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: Ted Cruz Just Said EXACTLY What Needed To Be Said About Boehner’s Resignation

House Speaker John Boehner chose to resign rather than risk losing his job, charged Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Monday night during an impassioned one-hour speech on the Senate floor. Boehner’s continual compromising, and giving into the Obama agenda would have caused him to soon be forced out of the speakership, claimed Cruz.

He called Boehner’s actions a “direct manifestation of this disconnect between the voters back home and the Republican leadership.”

Cruz linked the resignation to plans Boehner made to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government that also includes funding for Planned Parenthood, despite evidence the organization sells fetal parts.

“Speaker Boehner has decided to cut a deal with Leader Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats, that this dirty CR that’s going to be passed out of the Senate is going to go to the House, and the speaker is going to take it up on the floor, pass it with all the Democrats,” Cruz said.

“But here is the problem. Speaker Boehner’s done that more than once, and in this instance there were too many Republicans who were tired of seeing their leadership lead the Democrats, rather than lead the Republican Party,” Cruz said.

“I believe if Speaker Boehner had done that, had passed a dirty CR funding Planned Parenthood, funding this Iranian nuclear deal, that he would have lost his speakership.”

“So what did he do? He announced he’s resigning as speaker and resigning as a member of Congress,” Cruz said.

“That is unsurprising, but it also telegraphs the deal he’s just cut. It’s a deal to surrender and join with the Democrats. Notice he said he’s going to stay a month. He’s going to stay a month to join with the Democrats and fund Barack Obama’s priorities,” Cruz said.

Boehner has denied any deal was made with Pelosi.

h/t: TheBlaze

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.”