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Is the GOP being served by John Boehner, the Speaker from Ohio? Not according to The American Spectator who is postulating ways to get rid of him:
John Boehner is a good man in a hard place. He has served in public office as a lifelong conservative, not a RINO. His position on the Obama tax increases has been better than almost any other Republican who has been speaking out lately, given the Obama/Democrat election victories -- close loopholes and deductions for $800 billion in new revenue over a decade, but no increases in rates.
But face it. Boehner is no match for Obama on the national stage. He cannot press the economic arguments articulately. He does not have a compelling personality. Obama is running circles around Boehner with outrageous falsehoods, and Boehner cannot raise a peep to challenge him. Boehner has managed to allow Obama to turn the Bush middle class tax cuts, passed by a Republican majority Congress over 10 years ago, into the Obama middle class tax cuts, supposedly opposed by the House majority Republicans.
Boehner doesn't project--at least through the media lens--a portrait of power and control. His much-maligned crying episodes have not helped. Man gets emotional, tears up; I am not going to judge him for that. But it doesn't project calm, which is precisely what the GOP needs right now. They need a man (or woman) who shows the American people that the conservative path is, in fact, the proper way to set up our future.
But does that mean he should be excised from his leadership position. And who from the body should take over?
But the biggest reason Boehner must go as Speaker is found in the Constitution. As Jeff Lord reminded us a month ago, the Speaker of the House does not have to be an elected member of the House. Anyone can serve as Speaker!!!
Think about the possibilities and the opportunities that creates. Republicans can pick the most articulate, knowledgeable, lucid leader possible to fire volleys back at Obama and the Democrats.
That is what is needed now most of all. An articulate Republican who can take on Obama and his dishonest, false narratives. About the rich, the budget, spending, taxes and debt. About energy and the environment. About the Obama record, and the longest trail of broken promises in world history.
Steve Forbes could be named Speaker of the House. Or Larry Kudlow. Or Steve Moore. Or Paul Gigot. Or Grover Norquist. Or Rush Limbaugh. Or Sean Hannity. Or Mark Levin. Someone who can talk, explain, tutor, and at last who knows what he is talking about. How about R. Emmett Tyrrell? Hell, they could even bring Gingrich back.
Or Justin Earl. I'm just saying, I'm willing to consider offers.
In all seriousness, I am sure we need to find someone who can properly, lucidly, and ernestly explain and uphold the principles of the party. Not the ones the media decides the GOP represent, mind you, but the ones that are actually salient and relevant to the needs of the American people.
John Boehner, though a good man, may not be that person.