Dear Kevin McCarthy: You almost certainly will fail as House speaker

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I’m running hard,’ Dan Webster says of campaign to replace House Speaker John Boehner.

“I want people to hear there is an alternative to what we’re doing. LEADERS DEPLOY SHUTDOWN AVOIDANCE PLANS: Fiscal 2016 starts on Thursday, meaning Congress has just three days to get a final spending agreement off to the White House to avoid a government shutdown.Speaker John Boehner says he’s determined to clean up some of the mess of a politically gridlocked Congress in his final month before his successor takes over the House.House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent shockwaves through Washington when he announced on Friday he was resigning, but it’s not yet clear whether it’ll have a major impact on the defense world.

I’d love to hear a good explanation from jubilant liberals about why it’s such great news that John Boehner plans to not only step down as speaker of the House, but to entirely resign from Congress. The Ohio Republican says a spending bill to keep the government running will pass and there will be no shutdown when money runs out at midnight Wednesday.

In the near term, Boehner’s move makes it all but assured that there’ll not be a government shutdown this week — the larger question is what does it mean come December when the threat of a shutdown returns, not to mention the prospect for a budget deal to raise the Budget Control Act spending caps. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative Republicans, hope to form a voting bloc of up to 60 members to rally around a single candidate for Boehner’s job and other leadership positions that open up. Beyond that, he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday he expects “I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to try to get as much finished as possible.” “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn,” he said.

— House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has the inside track to be the next speaker, is not seen as much of a shift on defense compared to Boehner, who was largely considered neutral for a Republican on defense issues. Webster would not say how much support he has gotten, and he acknowledged the “uphill climb.” But he said he’s encouraged by the support he’s gotten and is setting up meetings with members. “People want to do this. So while it’s still too early for DOT officials to file away those shutdown contingency plans, we probably won’t be seeing any lengthy pause in transportation operations, oversight work or grant payouts (at least until this latest continuing resolution runs out on Dec. 11). Given who’s waiting in the on-deck circle, however, it might be smart to jam the corks back in the champagne bottles and hold off on the onslaught of celebratory Facebook memes.

The group said in a statement that the interviews will discuss how candidates will “follow regular order in the House and give a voice to the countless Americans who still feel that Washington does not represent them,” the group said in a statement. Heightened flexibility: Adopting an off-the-shelf procurement approach used by private-sector services like UPS would allow the Postal Service to tailor its fleet to the changing realities of the America mail system, especially as more people move to cities, according to the study.

There are several Republicans eyeing the majority leader slot, and some would raise red flags for defense hawks, said one defense lobbyist: House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), for instance, who fought against raising defense spending in the Republican budget earlier this year. The irony of Boehner’s ouster, following pressure from Tea Party extremists in his caucus, is that he’s done their bidding at just about every turn, obstructing the president’s agenda while, for example, presiding over 50 successful-yet-pointless votes to repeal Obamacare.

Thus far, a serious challenger to McCarthy has not emerged, though some Republican aides said that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling is weighing a run. Kevin McCarthy of California, Webster was careful in criticism other than to suggest it would be more of the same. “I think it would revert back to a power-based system.” McCarthy may be able to foster inclusion, Webster added, “but I haven’t seen that in five years.” He presided over the de-funding of ACORN, based on fraudulent videos, and, most recently, he presided over yet another vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood, coincidentally based on an entire series of provably deceptive videos.

Nearly every other nation’s mail carriers — with the exception of Canada — buy or lease vehicles tailored to their needs, Wescott said. “No one else in the world has a dedicated fleet of vehicles,” he said. Pressure for lightning-fast leadership votes appeared to subside over the weekend as Republican Representative Peter Roskam said he had secured enough signatures to call for a meeting of the Republican conference before elections to discuss a strategy to unify the party. Boehner unloaded against conservatives long outraged that even with control of both houses of Congress, Republicans have not succeeded on key agenda items, such as repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law and striking taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood.

As I’ve said before, that there have been so many legislative failures should call into question not only McCarthy’s ability to count, but also whether he had Boehner’s best interests at heart. McCarthy is also likely to want to establish some goodwill with conservatives. “McCarthy not going to take over gavel, and say the first thing we’ve gotta do is a budget deal,” said the defense lobbyist. Here’s a catalog I compiled upon his elevation to Majority Leader last year: The abrupt decision to withdraw his plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff” in 2012 “after failing to win support from his fellow Republicans for a plan to let tax rates rise for millionaires,” as The Post reported then.

To review: Boehner is rabidly anti-choice, ranked with zero percent by NARAL; he’s anti-same-sex-marriage, voting “yes” on an anti-LGBT marriage amendment; he’s vocally pro-gun, winning an “A” grade by the National Rifle Association; he supports a border fence and he supports English as our official language; he’s anti-tax, anti-Iran-deal, anti-science, anti-Obamacare, and he’s generally anti-Obama. Ted Cruz, a “jackass.” “Absolutely they’re unrealistic,” Boehner said. “The Bible says, ‘Beware of false prophets.’ And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.” Boehner’s resignation announcement Friday stunned Washington but was long in the making after years of turmoil with the same House conservatives who propelled the GOP into the House majority on a tea party-style, cut-it-or-shut it platform.

Not long after McCarthy succeeded Cantor as Majority Leader, the leadership team pulled a certain-to-fail bill in July 2014 addressing what was then an immigration crisis on the U.S. Ever since the GOP legitimized and absorbed the Tea Party, empowering the buggy-eyed newcomers and dooming itself to the whimsy of political lightweights, Boehner’s party has become an incoherent, uncivilized mess — far worse than it has been at any other time in recent memory.

It’s the story of a former altar boy who was truly deeply moved by meeting the pope, on a purely human level, with the political calculations securely in the background. Even after the 2014 midterm elections that saw the Republican caucus expand its membership to the largest since the Hoover presidency, the embarrassments continued. But Senate veteran John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday the overwhelming majority of his colleagues would oppose ousting McConnell. “There’s no chance of that happening,” McCain told MSNBC.

The former officials are calling themselves the John Hay Initiative — named for the former secretary of State during the ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ era of President Theodore Roosevelt. DRIVING THE DAY — OBAMA MEETS WITH PUTIN AT THE U.N.: President Barack Obama meets today with Russian Vice President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the first meeting between the two leaders in nearly a year. Plans to extract an ObamaCare repeal by shutting down the government were misguided (and I say this as someone who supported them at the time), and Boehner was right to oppose them and to salvage whatever could be salvaged. The main reason is that his job was difficult not only because of structural realities — polarization, the expanding entitlement state and the unwillingness of the political class to confront it, the U.S. constitutional system — but also, sadly, because of the incompetence of my own side. Such cooperative behavior led Ted Cruz to reportedly suggest that Boehner, upon his resignation, will “presumably land in a cushy K Street job after joining with the D’s to implement all of President O’s priorities.” So, then, even though Boehner has done next-to-nothing to implement any of Obama’s priorities, Cruz believes that he’s such an Obama loyalist that he’ll spend his retirement helping the Obama White House via lobbying activities.

If the outgoing speaker gets a continuing resolution passed, raises the debt ceiling, reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank and manages to pass a transportation bill he would lift a heavy burden off the shoulders of his successor. The House panel also has a hearing on Air Force bomber requirements Wednesday and public shipyards Thursday, and the Senate has one scheduled on the Gerald R. He refuses to act like a flailing, self-contradictory mess — he refuses to behave like Steve King, Louie Gohmert and their Senate counterparts like Cruz.

WAR REPORT — FRANCE CARRIES OUT ITS FIRST AIRSTRIKES AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE IN SYRIA, via The Associated Press: “Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria in a five-hour operation on Sunday, President Francois Hollande announced, making good on a promise to go after the group that he has said is planning attacks against several countries, including France. The most salient quote to come from the aftermath of Boehner’s announcement came from Rep Peter King (R-NY) who, like Boehner, would normally be pegged as a GOP extremist but who seems comparatively rational on a spectrum of insanity that now includes Rand Paul and Ron Johnson.

The far-right succeeded in booting Cantor from Congress and forcing Boehner to flee the Capitol because they didn’t get what they wanted, no matter how unrealistic the goal was. Not to belabor the point, but for all his faults, Boehner was the last thin barrier between the old GOP and the new — the last bulwark against, as King said, the crazies. If McCarthy doesn’t enforce reality on his caucus soon after taking the gavel, then it will be only a matter of time before he — or the luckless soul saddled with the speakership — is also shown the door.

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