Ever since John Boehner’s “fiscal cliff” backup plan went down in flames on Thursday, there’s been a flood of speculation as to whether he can still survive as speaker of the House. But there’s a very fundamental question that a lot of people floating this possibility need to address: Why on earth would anybody want the job?
Right now, I wouldn’t take the job on a bet myself. Thanks largely to what turned out to be an absolute disaster of a 2012 Presidential campaign – and, don’t forget: I expected that we were going to win the damned thing, too – we’re not in a good situation right now. Sorry to write that, but it’s true. Personally? I would have passed the damned full extension, permanently linked the AMT to inflation, given Big Medicine the Hawaiian Good-Luck Symbol by killing the doc fix, partially paid for it all by capping the home mortgage deduction at 200K and ending deductions for state/local income taxes, dropped the mike, and gone home. They’re going to hate us anyway, so we might as well.
You nodding at all of that? Guess what: nobody in their right mind would elect me Speaker of the House. Hell and damnation: I couldn’t even manage to get elected to the House in the first place. Double, secret Hell and damnation: I wouldn’t vote for me. I’m a rhetorical bomb-thrower, not a practical politician. What I just outlined would start another recession, and possibly lead to a debt downgrade on the spot – and while I am perhaps ready to let that happen, and perhaps so may other people out there, my position is nonetheless one unburdened by any sort of actual responsibility. So while I am not convinced – to put it mildly – that John Boehner has done as well as he could have, I am still forced to admit that he’s probably doing a better job than I would. And until we have somebody in the House of Representatives who is actually willing to openly challenge Boehner for the job, that’s got to be my standard.
That this would require no small amount of political courage is rather the point.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines)