Tea Party ruining things for Republicans

It’s obvious that the Tea Party is ruining the Republican Party over the speakership fiasco. The House can be a bit of a circus, but this is absolute nonsense

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Taylor Dibbert
On 17 October 2015 12:28

So, there’s been some significant drama about who should be the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and John Boehner recently announced that he’ll be leaving Congress at the end of October.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was in the running to assume the position, but then abruptly removed himself from contention.

What’s the deal?

This is about a potential leadership challenge and capturing the 218 votes needed to be speaker. Republicans have 247 members in the House so this shouldn’t even be an issue, yet the House Freedom Caucus’s approximately 40 members believe that neither Boehner nor McCarthy are conservative enough to hold the job. (The group was founded in January of this year; we’re basically talking Tea Party here.)

Many have suggested that Paul Ryan, a rising star in the party, should go for the speakership. However, now it looks like Ryan might be added to the list that Boehner and McCarthy are already on.

According to a recent New York Times piece, it appears that Ryan isn’t conservative enough to satisfy the Freedom Caucus either. The article smartly points out that, when Ryan was selected as Governor Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, some Republicans were actually worried that he was too conservative.

Whether these extremists eventually endorse Ryan or not, it’s obvious that the Tea Party is ruining the Republican Party. The House can be a bit of a circus, but this is absolute nonsense.

It remains unclear how enthusiastic Ryan is about the speakership; his reluctance is perfectly understandable. After all, his goals go all the way to the White House and getting this job would likely take his presidential dreams off the table.

Essentially, he’d be sacrificing his personal political ambitions for the good of the Republican Party. More obviously, holding the speakership would be an infuriating task, partly due to nonsensical Tea Party machinations. (As if having to deal with President Barack Obama wouldn’t be enough of a reason to decline.)

By most objective standards, Obama’s been a disappointing president. He should feel lucky to have been given two terms. Nevertheless, if the Republican Party doesn’t become more inclusive (and more responsible) in the coming years, things will get even worse for conservatives. And, if that happens, we’ll likely have the Tea Party -- including the group’s immature, unreasonable tactics and total lack of vision -- to thank for that.

Hillary Clinton has to be enjoying all of this drama on Capitol Hill. She’s a deeply flawed presidential candidate and has run a pretty bad campaign thus far. And, no matter how much she tries to distance herself, she’s still got significant Obama baggage. Yet none of that may matter in the end.

Utterly absurd Republican behavior in the House.

Then there’s Donald Trump.

There’s Ben Carson.

The circus is in town.

How long will the clowns stay out?

Taylor Dibbert is a freelance writer and consultant. The views expressed here are his alone. Follow him on Twitter @taylordibbert

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