Saturday, October 10, 2015

Exit McCarthy , Exit Paul Ryan. Speaker(s) of the House.

There are three highest offices in the UNITED STATES government . The President , the Vice President , and the (3)>> SPEAKER of THE HOUSE . It many not be royalty in a line of succession , but in a way the Constitution finds in case of any "emergency" who takes over the Oval Office . If the President and Vice President are rendered incapable  of their duty , that office is to be filled by the Speaker of the House . With the exit of John Boehner it left a serious vacancy . It has the GOP scrambling to replace Boehner . So , the best man in the (4)>> GOP / Tea Party brains should and could have been (1)>> Rep. Kevin McCarthy. That OBVIOUSLY the  problem is McCarthy is a (2)>> hardliner who emerged in California politics under former GOV. Schwarzenegger . The House Republicans are in a mess .  House Republicans are in a historic state of chaos, torn between two ideological poles with no clear sense of who will serve as their next leader, and no idea of their governing agenda with several legislative battles in the coming weeks.What I wonder here writing this at a late Saturday afternoon is, why are any Democrats jumping in to get the Speaker position? It's politically worrisome , that no one in either party would take on the job . Yet, the GOP is trying hard to throw in another hardliner
(5)>> Paul Ryan of of WisconsinThe courtship of Representative to be speaker of the House escalated on multiple fronts Friday, and Mr. Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, signaled that he was headed home to Wisconsin to reconsider his repeatedly stated position that he does not want the job. It's really interesting that the Republicans don't have at the moment a person . Here is another "theory" , This whole sequence of events has been Paul Ryan manipulating from behind the scenes, to get rid of Boehner & McCarthy, secure his (Ryan's) position as Speaker, and then set himself up as a presidential candidate ? Sounds politically creepy. The Republicans hold a substantial majority in the House. Therefore, on any given issue, the Republicans should prevail. However, for the last twenty years, the House Republicans have been a single issue party. Their issue is to eliminate the House Democrats from any role whatsoever. So long as they are successful on that issue, they don't care to pass any significant legislation. A group of about 40 hard-right House conservatives announced on Wednesday night that they would support Mr. Webster, making it clear that Mr. McCarthy would have had to accede to their demands as he struggled to assemble 218 votes over the next three weeks. (While only Republicans choose their nominee, a majority of the whole House, including Democrats, elects the speaker.)The Republicans who participated in the revolt were jubilant over the turn of events.That Republicans are having trouble finding a new speaker is not all that surprising considering the last several years.Being the Speaker of the House in 2015 means dealing with President Obama, who disagrees with Republicans on nearly issue, and the House Freedom Caucus, a band of very-conservative members who view any bill that Obama could sign as suspect and nearly every Republican leader as part of the hated establishment. 

(1)>> Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for House speaker, Rep. Renee Ellmers stood before her GOP colleagues Friday to denounce as “bats- -t crazy” rumors they were having an affair.Republicans had been inundated with daily emails from a GOP donor in Chicago, Steven Baer, claiming the two married legislators were romantically involved.In a closed-door meeting, Ellmers took the microphone to deny the allegation, calling it “bats- -t crazy.”McCarthy has brushed off the affair allegation. After announcing that he would not seek the speaker's post on Thursday, he was asked about Wednesday's cryptic letter from Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), which asked that "any candidate for speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public." I don't remember Clinton stepping down when he was actually caught red handed. I think maybe this guy is a bit more moral in comparison. At least if the rumor is true, he did the right thing, not like Clinton.(2)>> Just how difficult can it be to find someone in their midst who fits the bill to be speaker, someone who is xenophobic, homophobic, unkind to seniors, anti-women's rights, regulation-lite, white and male? Oh, and by the way, aren't these the same individuals who complain over and over ad nauseam about the Democrats wasting the taxpayers' monies? And what have they been doing for the past few weeks? (3)>> The Speaker is second in the United States presidential line of succession, after the Vice President and ahead of the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. Unlike some Westminster system parliaments, in which the office of Speaker is considered non-partisan, in the United States, the Speaker of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party's legislative agenda. The Speaker usually does not personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to members of the House from the majority party. The Speaker usually does not participate in debate and rarely votes.Aside from duties relating to heading the House and the majority political party, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and represents his or her Congressional district. (4)>> GOP.Maybe they should listen to the people whom they are supposed to represent and stop thinking about making headlines instead of doing the job that they were elected to do. Novel concept, I know but something that should seriously be considered. This is about the American people, not self involved politicians who don't bother to hide their disdain for the American people and the current President. Shameful. (5)>>Paul Ryan represents one of the absolute worst outcomes for conservatives.  There is nobody in modern politics whose record and true priorities are more divorced from their rhetoric and public perception.  Unlike McCarthy or some of the other choices, Ryan’s ascendancy to the speakership would be hailed as fresh change.  In fact, it would serve nothing more than putting the prettiest face on the ugliest policies. Just take a look at his Liberty Score for a rundown of some of the worst policies Ryan has supported. Despite being widely acclaimed as a social conservative and a devout catholic, Ryan was one of only 35 House Republicans to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  This bill infringed upon religious liberties and promoted liberal values, including the sexual identity agenda.

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