WASHINGTON, September 27, 2015 — House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to resign from Congress this October has America’s bipartisan ruling class in a tailspin. Its mouthpiece, the New York Times, is in a particular funk: A headline in America’s “newspaper of record” reads, “The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread.”
Sense of dread? Why?
The Times is unused to covering conservative politics. Otherwise, they wouldn’t say stupid things like, conservatives “again felled one of their leaders.” Boehner is not a “conservative” or much of a “leader,” hence the felling.
It’s news to them that the GOP might sometimes act like an opposition party. They say Boehner’s “resignation is likely to herald an even more combative stretch in the nation’s capital, emboldening conservatives to defy Mr. Obama on looming decisions regarding spending, debt and taxes.”
The House has among its constitutional prerogatives the power of the purse. The opposition party is in no way obliged to cave when it comes to the president’s spending priorities, hence Boehner’s felling.
The fear among establishment Republican and Democratic elites, reflected in the Times, is that Boehner’s replacement will not have enough Republican votes to pass an omnibus federal budget later this year that drives up spending and debt and continues funding Obamacare and other unpopular federal monstrosities.
It is expected that ruling Republican House moderates will select a blue-state replacement for Boehner in the form of California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the meticulously manicured House GOP Majority Leader.
But it is worth remembering that McCarthy got his job when the previous majority leader, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, lost his seat to a novice, conservative primary challenger.
Conservative and tea party voters are growing tired of living in a de facto one-party state and are gradually rebuilding a robust Party of Lincoln. You know, the one that destroyed slavery.
Here is a strategy for the next House Speaker: If he or she is really interested in breaking the cycle of regulation, spending and debt now killing America, abandon all omnibus spending bills. It is well known that such measures are designed to hide pork for special constituencies.
Instead, send the president federal appropriations the old fashion way: one piece at a time.
It is more than likely the president will issue a “redline” declaration and say he will not sign any spending legislation that is not comprehensive in nature, triggering a government shutdown.
You see, Obama’s redline threats are meaningless when it comes to Syrian dictators who use chemical weapons against their own people, but can be counted on when Republican majorities express the will of their own people back home.
Therefore, the very first bill sent to his desk should be a Social Security measure with a built-in increase for seniors.
Imagine all those online video clips with Senate Democrats filibustering a Social Security spending measure in an effort to preserve funding for their leader’s unpopular monument to vanity: Obamacare.
Imagine further that Republicans become organized enough to coordinate with a conservative lobbying organization, preferably Citizens United, to produce an attack ad that shows an Obama look-alike tossing senior citizens from their wheelchairs and over a cliff as human sacrifices to a massive, gold likeness of himself dressed in doctor’s scrubs.
As the screams of the senior echo from the canyon below, the camera zooms in on a plaque mounted to the idol’s pedestal: “Obamacare.”
I won’t hold my breath. Far too many Boehner-like Republicans remain in Congress.
It falls to Republican voters in subsequent elections to fell as many Boehner clones as possible if they ever hope to have a functioning political party that is more than a rubber stamp to “Mr. Obama on looming decisions regarding spending, debt and taxes.”