WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2015 – The Freedom Caucus, composed of around 40 conservative members of the House of Representatives, just took another GOP establishment scalp – that of California Rep. Kevin McCarthy. He hoped to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Speaker John Boehner, who will resign (in disgrace) at month’s end.
As the New York Times noted, the dividing line between establishment Republicans and their party’s conservative insurgents center on differences over “major fiscal issues with rapidly approaching deadlines,” while they search for a “speaker who can both bring along restive conservatives and maintain the backing of far larger ranks of the rest of their conference.”
The fact that McCarthy dropped out of the speaker’s race shows that conservatives will never concede to the “rest” of the establishment GOP. They intend to represent the interests of their constituents back home (“We the People”), not the speaker or the pork-barrel spenders that are the majority of the Republican conference.
This represents a seismic change occurring in the Republican Party, with its ripple effects radiating through Congress’ lower house.
Concerned by a resurgent conservative influence in his party, an unnamed House Republican suggested now is the time to jettison the thin veneer of difference separating the big-spending, big-government establishment wings in both parties.
“One veteran Republican even raised the possibility of teaming up with Democrats to elect a new speaker – an idea that would normally be unthinkable in modern American politics,” said the Times.
Thank you, unnamed source, for admitting that, in the words of the late Gov. George Wallace, “There’s not one dime’s worth of difference in the two parties.”
The confused editors at National Review say conservatives “are right to want action and be frustrated by the ridged structure of Congress that makes it highly difficult to accomplish anything. But if – out of their frustration – they upend the power of the majority party in the House to dictate the agenda, they may let loose consequences that could empower Democrats and hurt Republican chances in 2016.”
They must have been sleeping over the past half decade. Boehner and friends have funded everything from Obamacare to executive amnesty. The “power of the majority party” has served the interests of President Obama and his congressional Democrats very well, thank you very much.
Meanwhile, the New York Times suggests McCarthy’s withdrawal “dashed expectations of an orderly succession and threw Congress deeper into turmoil.”
The assumption is that the Republican leadership stands alone amid the “turmoil.”
In fact, all members of Washington’s bipartisan ruling cabal are in turmoil in the aftermath of the 2010 and 2014 tea-party-affected midterm elections.
And soon, the 40 insurgents now upsetting big-government’s business-as-usual agenda will grow as the party of Lincoln rediscovers its rightful place in American history: liberator of the slave against the arrogant overseer.