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.