Three weeks ago 19 US senators climbed a hill and put their swords in the ground, declaring that promontory for conservatism, holding it for others still to come.
Two days ago, 144 (that’s right, 144) Republican congressmen and women climbed that same hill, staking out a flag that will be seen by all of us for many weeks and months to come.
While representing only 40% of the Republicans in the Senate, the significance of those first 19 in the Senate, which we reported on then, has become reality, for in the debt ceiling surrender this weekend, they were joined by a full 62% of the Republicans in the House of Representatives.
That’s right, 62%, and yes, I know, you’re scratching your head “How did we lose then?” but the answer to that will play itself out in coming weeks.
But today, Rejoice Dear Hearts! for this was a victory for conservatism. This is the story the media missed, and will continue to miss as long as any other story they can concoct, e.g., the Immigration debate, can be placed center-stage, or if Putin wins a second Person-of-the-Year award at Time Magazine in December.
The real news is that conservatives control 59% of the entire GOP in Congress, and while there will be some ebb and flow in that number in coming weeks and months, it will be likely to grow without any help from us, thanks to both Obama and Obamacare. He is, after all, incompetent, so can’t help it.
So, the real story is what those 144 Republicans are going to do in coming weeks, not what John Boehner is going to do in coming weeks. The real story is whether they will even let John Boehner keep his job. Or at what price? The real story is, once this reality sinks in, how many of the 87 who crossed over to vote with Democrats on the McConnell-Reid knee-pads-across-the-aisle compromise, will cross over a second time? Since most aren’t RINOs, just followers of the herd, not likely. Most will follow power as it slips from one wing of the party to the other.
And to be fair, there were many reasons, even good ones, why many of those 87 voted Yes instead of No, or why Portman of Ohio and Deb Fischer of Nebraska crossed back over in the Senate.
They may have good reasons. And they will get other chances to prove it. But what they will have to do the 144 will not, is go back home and have to explain their vote to their constituents. Maybe even twice. Then pity virtually every poor Democrat who will have to do this as well, for very few of them are safe either, thanks to Obamacare.
NOW WE HAVE LEADERSHIP
Now we have leaders. Now we have leadership. And our flag has been planted. We have a real Liberty Caucus, although a better name can be found. But please, just not “Tea Party,” if for no other reason than to confound the media, who are none too bright about catching hold of old concepts when wrapped up in new nomenclature. (They still haven’t figured the word “default” out, although, in their defense, it does involve math.) Pilgrim suggests Band of Brothers (and Sisters) which is a capital idea to me, for the media will think they’re speaking of an old HBO series or a new music group on Broadway. Or Cruz, or Lee, or Hensarling, or Gohmert can simply step forward and say “Me and the boys and girls were thinking…”, leaving the air pregnant with just who “me and the boys” are.
Between the option of dumping Boehner or holding onto him, only in thrall, I favor the former, only because I lived near his district in Ohio, and remember him from the Contract With America days. On that basis I defended him for the first two years. But he;s changed. He no longer has the fire in his belly. And hasn’t for a long time. I feel jilted.
As for Eric Cantor, I don’t see him as a choirmaster in any new House leadership. Let him go. I like Hensarling and Gohmert, Sessions, Sensenbrenner, and others, with an added nod to Louis Gohmert only because it would put Senator McCain at such an ackward position having to recognize such a vacant moron as the new Speaker, simply because Gohmert had accurately pointed out McCain’s own mental lapse for hanging out with Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria. And being caught at it.
But in the end, the 144 in the House know who can best lead them.
So, all in all, Dear Hearts, it’s been a good week.
Just don’t follow the false leads the media will provide for you. While generally mendacious, they probably are as innocent as they are ignorant about the truem meaning of The 162. They will stick a microphone under Ted Cruz & Company’s nose every time he asks for one, thinking they are providing comic relief for MSNBC, CNN, AP, Reuters, et al, and voters in the northeast and left coast, while in fact they will be providing 80% of the rest of America with a fee-free conservative pep rally.
So leave them to their jest.
THE ROLE CALL of The 162 (H/T Pilgrim)
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