On Monday, several news outlets including Politico reported that Arkansas Junior Senator Tom Cotton recommended that former Vice President and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney should be the Republican choice to replace current Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Since Boehner announced that he was stepping down from his position as Speaker, the Republican Party has been in a complete state of chaos. No one with half a brain wants to lead a party as crazy as the GOP.
Boehner’s heir apparent Kevin McCarthy turned out to be a complete an utter buffoon. First, he publicly admitted that the Benghazi investigation was and is nothing more than a taxpayer funded witch hunt of former Secretary of State and current 2016 Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton (D). By McCarthy’s own admission, the public viewed Clinton as highly competent and qualified to lead the nation. As a result, he and other Republican created the commission to turn a tragedy into an opportunity all solely to diminish Clinton’s popularity and credibility with voters. To any casual political observer, this was obvious from the start, since the GOP hates America. However, much of the public is still not entirely aware of how corrupt and deceitful the current Republican party is. As a result, Clinton’s favorability numbers declined and McCarthy took credit.
Second, McCarthy was exposed as nothing more than a light weight back bencher that had not produced a single piece of noteworthy legislation during his entire time in the House. McCarthy, a high ranking member in the House for some time, had plenty of opportunity to influence American policy and craft legislation. The fact that he had no interest in governing underscores the fact that the GOP is simply a party that has no interest in running a government, even at leadership levels.
Finally, McCarthy had no support from the GOP’s rabid right wing that is slowing but surely overtaking the rest of the party. As an establishment candidate, McCarthy would have likely supported responsible measures like raising the debt ceiling and avoiding repeated government shutdowns. Being responsible is unacceptable to the Tea Party and other radicals in the Republican party.
After McCarthy pulled out of the race for Speaker, the party frantically tried to find someone, anyone that would be willing to lead. Tom Cotton, offered up the following advice: “look, these are trying times for our nation. It’s important to have a steady hand on the helm during times like this. I think experience really counts in a matter like this. I think House leadership experience really matters. And as you know the speaker doesn’t have to be a member of the House: So therefore, Vice President Cheney for speaker.”
It should not come as a surprise that Cotton, a known warmonger whose only action in his short tenure in the Senate has been to embarrass himself by sending a letter to the Iranian government advising them (erroneously) on the US Constitution, would call on another warmonger and war criminal Dick Cheney to lead his party. Dick Cheney is quite possibly the only politician in America less popular than former President George W. Bush. But to the GOP, popularity, electability, and sanity does not matter as they become more and more crazy each day.