Link here: I’m not going to quote, because obviously Rep. Jason Chaffetz is contrasting himself to Rep. Kevin McCarthy in this discussion, and I don’t have a public opinion on which person should be the next Speaker of the House. I have expectations on how the next Speaker of the House should operate, and if the eventual Speaker manages to meet them, we will have no problems. If he or she does not, then the next Speaker will collectively have the same problems as John Boehner did. And I kind of like John Boehner. Or at least have a certain rough sympathy for him.
One other note, here: you might have noticed that, last week, Jason Chaffetz and others on his committee ripped into Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and her organization’s habit of running a profitable baby organ harvesting business and calling it a public service. There were a number of people on our side* who were wondering why the GOP took the time to smack that woman in the face with the half million dollar salary that she gets for overseeing the baby harvesters: perhaps that line of questioning is now a bit clearer? The major thing that the Republican base wants from the next Speaker of the House is a bit more righteous indignation, expressed openly – and with a grand indifference to whether it offends those who prefer silence and circumspection. I have no objections if any particular candidate wishes to audition early for the role. Continue reading Rep. Jason Chaffetz enters Speaker’s race.