The party of no government should have been careful what it wished for. Having torpedoed Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker, they have succeeded in blocking The House of Representatives from having a new government.
Yes, John Boehner will continue to be the lame duck Speaker until Republicans find a sucker…er…Speaker to fill his shoes but that may only exacerbate the civil war inside the GOP and make finding a Speaker that all House Republicans will support even more impossible.
The mantra right now from Republicans is that they will find a new face who will bring the Repubs together. Nope. The reality is that whoever is foolish enough to become Speaker will be ruled by the 30-40 Tea Party extremists who offer only ultimatums in exchange for their support. And those ultimatums would likely include a requirement to shut down government and refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless Obamacare is killed and Planned Parenthood is cut off from receiving government funds.
Paul Ryan is being urged by Boehner and many Republicans to step in since he is seen as the only candidate that may be able to get full Republican approval as Speaker but he knows that he would be a prisoner of the Tea Party extremists and would have the albatross hung around his neck of destroying the U.S. economy through extortion when The House shuts down government and refuses to raise the debt ceiling. His hopes of a political future, that is, one day running for Governor or President would be blown up. But…perhaps he will be surrounded by enough voices in denial of reality and he’ll buy in and take the position.
The same ultimate and dismal fate awaits whoever takes that position so it sure seems unlikely that any half-way sensible Republican who imagines a national political future for themselves would volunteer to have their career dead-ended. Again, unless they buy into the blue sky BS pumped out by those desperate to get a particular Republican to say yes.
Whoever becomes the new House Speaker must be okay about being subservient to the Tea Party and using a government shutdown and refusal to raise the debt ceiling to try and extort passage of bills that most Americans would oppose.
The House under the control of the Tea Party in a more profound way will sure provide American Voters with a stark vision of what Republican control of national government would be like.
There will be no greater anti-Republican ad than what we will soon see from The House under whoever their new Speaker is, with extremism on the loose and no restraint in sight. This will directly damage whoever the GOP candidate for President is because voters will have no choice but to recognize what would this country would become with a Republican President signing every crazy bill Tea Party Republicans sent his way.
Will any Republican candidate for President state that he or she won’t support the Tea Party’s bills and actions if they are elected? Definitely not in the primary and if they did so in the General Electiion, it would be too late, just seen as untrustworthy pandering.
Americans generally prefer divided government. There have been periods of one party controlling both Congress and the Presidency but in general, voters lean towards checking the power of a party. When looking down the barrel of a Republican controlled federal government with an extremist minority calling the shots, it sure seems that the odds against the next President being a Republican just grew a lot longer. And if the Democrats are smart about this, they will use a barrage of ads next year pointing out that a Republican President will unleash the extremism of the Republican House on the nation.
Optimistic people may look at Boehner and his lame duck status, hated by that Tea Party faction and on his way out, as being an opportunity for him to actually turn things around, get some bills passed that the nation wants with the support of Democrats and force the Republicans, like it or not, to prove that they can govern and give them some wins that the American public would applaud them for.
That seems unrealistic though in light of the greater and greater power the Tea Party Republicans are flexing.
It is a perfect storm for the Tea Party destroying the GOP and perhaps even assure their descent to permanent minority party status (if the census in 2020 could change their warped gerrymandering). With anti-government Tea Party types elevating Trump, Carson and Fiorina to the top of their Presidential primary polls and the establishment Republicans all sinking to the bottom, with Boehner forced to resign and McCarthy blocked from Speakership, the Tea Party Republicans have become emboldened and ready to unleash their angry, extremist, radical agenda on the American public under the GOP banner and the authority of The House of Representatives. It will mean a destructive and difficult year for the nation but in the end, it will result in real and profound destruction to the GOP.
This is now like watching the Titanic from the iceberg’s point of view, The Republicans, helmed by the Tea Party, are cruising slowly but steadily towards destruction and all on board are completely helpless and clueless to change their course.