House Repairs (Politics)

Currently, there are 233 House gopers, these are not anywhere near all Tea Cakers, over 150 of them are either old line conservatives, or political animals who simply cower at the thought of being “primaried from the right”. In many cases this is a legitimate fear, due to gerrymandering and Citizens United, but it occurs to me there are probalby 30-40 who really are pretty safe, as long as they are not seen to be selling out their conservative principles. There is a possiblity that the Dems will win an outright majority in the house in 2014, but if they dont, I have a suggestion.

Why not elect a “caretaker GOPer”? Yes, why dont the Dems make a deal with a hand full of Gopers to back a moderate, or even a conservative Goper for speaker, if that person will make these concessions:
1)any time there are enough votes to pass a bill, it will be brought to the floor
2)they will not support future efforts to defund Obamacare
3) they will not let the debt limit be used to shut down the govt
4) they will propose “clean” Continuing Resolutions until the time comes when both parties can agree on an actual new budget.

This saves the govt and the country. It actually helps the GOP get rid of the Tea Cakers and their outsized influence. It doenst help the Dems, as a party, except it shows they care more about saving America than destroying their opposition.

Any thoughts?


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6 Responses to House Repairs (Politics)

  1. jana Mereso says:

    Excellent idea, now how to get it implemented?

    • thanks. i doubt it will be. the political nature of humanity in general and America in particular, it would be hard to see the Democrats offering the GOP a life line, and equally as hard to see the Gopers taking it if offered.

      Expect more of the same as the Gopers get further and further away from the demographic mainstream. last time it took them 40 yrs to come up with a plan to regain control of the govt (the white house and one house of congress, or both houses) in fact, in the 80 plus years since the great depression, they have only managed that for 22 years. I expect their success going forward will be less than that!

  2. Okay so we all know from polling (every man, woman, child and invertebrate has been polled it seems) that the public broadly supports the Dems on the gov’t shut down / healthcare circus. And we kinda know that they support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue if they manage to frame the argument as being about “fiscal responsibility” and spending etc.

    So theoretically the first battle should have been settled in the Dems favour and the second one in the GOP’s favour. The war playing out in a 1 – 1 draw.

    Theoretically. Because an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The budget debacle (in which polling shows the Dems should win the battle for popular opinion) is STILL not resolved and the debt ceiling fight is about to start in earnest.

    Thus it seems that the two battles will now become one MEGA battle (revolving around both issues) in which the winner takes all.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    This battle is turning into a winner-takes-all Super Bowl of political warfare.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation (which he knew was a loser in terms of public opinion) in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis, which is he thinks he can win. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now as the shut down / ACA fight carries on so long that it merges with the Debt Ceiling fight.

    So who will win this showdown?

    Will the Dem’s be able to make this mega-confrontation all about the gov’t shut down & ACA stuff and win, or will the GOP manage to grab the narrative and make the fight all about the debt ceiling / supposed “fiscal responsibility” and win this gloves-off political cage fight?

    With mid-term elections just round the corner,the stakes couldn’t be higher. The team that wins this mega-fight will triumph in the mid-term elections, and the one that loses this stand-off loses in the mid-terms. Control of the House and Senate will be probably be decided this month.


    Stay tuned!

    • thanks! Actually, I dont think most americans really support us not paying our bills. of course that depends on messaging. if the american people can be weaned off of the rightwing spin doctors long enough to realize the deficit is dropping like a rock and the only reason it hasnt gone away completely ist he disproportionately low taxation of the wealthy, not the fact that grandma needs her meds or jr needs a hot lunch. i see the house being hard for the GOP to lose and the senate and the whitehouse almost impossible for the Dems to lose, unless the Gopers manage to kick out the tea party and let the Koch Bros start a 3rd party. of course this could mean the house, senate and whitehouse all go Dem for a couple of cycles, but eventually, it is the only salvation of the GOP as a viable party, shut down or no, but the shut down and a general unwillingness to pay the bills for things they already bought does not bode well with most americans

  3. Doug says:

    It’s the “safe ones” in the House that are bullying the other members into following their lead. We elect representatives but get nothing close to representative government. When a small handful can manipulate the votes of the entire body we have lost our representative government. My thinking is 1) your idea is a pipe dream — will never happen, 2) this emphasizes more than ever why we need term limits, and 3) the best solution is for voters to send a strong message that if you legislate irresponsibly and fail to represent the interests of the voters you were elected to represent you will be out of a job faster than you can say, “Boo” …. but as long as money and corporations can buy elections and guys that live in districts where they’ve won 10 elections in a row and know that they will get re-elected by default can call the shots for everyone else, we’ll continue to see the bully caucus politics.

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