Newt Gingrich Wants To Be Speaker Of The House Again?

Newt Gingrich Wants To Be Speaker Of The House Again?

Once upon a time politics was knee-deep in scandal and “red meat” glory. Is it time for a “Resurrection”?

On September 25 Rep. John Boehner announced he would be retiring from Speaker of the House at the end of the month. Congress, the media, and the politicos were taken by surprise. It was only just twenty-four hours after Pope Francis departed DC to New York. You would think Rep. Boehner would want to bask in his glory considering he was the sole pioneer to green-light the trip for Pope Francis to come to the United States.

No such luck. Boehner wanted out.

The conservative right, especially the Freedom Caucus, was thrilled. They had been secretly (but not so secretly) planning another coup to oust Rep. Boehner. The reason? Many conservatives were growing dissatisfied with departing Speaker of the House. The 2010 government shutdown to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act proved to be fruitless. Adding salt to their wounds, the 2010 1 Trillion Dollar Federal Spending Bill passed in the Congress.  The Tea Party despised the bill because it wasn’t as fiscally regressive in cuts to entitlement programs as they wanted.

In 2014, Republicans won the majority of seats in the Senate and House. This would be their moment to shine, right? NOPE.

The Supreme Court upheld the ACA for the second time, and the Court legalized marriage equality for same-sex couples in all 50 states. The President started talking with Iran to end their nuclear program, which led to a backlash by Americans when 47 Republicans signed a letter threatening to end the Iran Deal. China agreed to address climate change. Troops were significantly decreased in Afghanistan and Iran. Also, Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the presidency −- something the GOP thought wouldn’t happen in light of another Benghazi investigation.

With the rising threat of ISIS, neoconservatives were certain Americans would back another war. They didn’t. The only victory received is the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, that the company did not have to provide insurance that covered contraception to their employees.

WHAT WAS THE POINT OF VICTORY THEN?

Conservatives, particularly Tea Party members, have been clamoring for a more “authentic conservative,” preferring a Sen. Ted Cruz or former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Members of the GOP believe Republicans like Cruz and Palin display the qualities that best represent their needs. He or she should be pro-life, against the Iran Deal and supports Israel, loathes immigration reform, hopes to reaffirm the Defense of Marriage Act, and think climate change is “a liberal hoax.” It would also help if the person is overly anxious to defund Planned Parenthood.

Unfortunately for their aspirations, current polls indicate voters prefer progressive policies over conservative ones. Despite this, members of the Republican party fixated on Rep. Boehner, he was the primary source for their lack of policy successes on the federal level.

IT ISN’T EASY BEING THE SCAPEGOAT.

With Rep. Boehner announcement he would be retiring, his most likely predecessor was Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Rep. McCarthy is described as

“…a “young gun” Republican organizer who helped the party recruit much of its winning 2010 class, was less a manager and more a Doctor Frankenstein,” meaning establishment and not what the Tea Party craved.

On September 29 Rep. McCarthy admitted the Benghazi committee was a partisan attack to ruin Hillary Clinton’s chance at the presidency,

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”

Whoops.

Soon after, Rep. McCarthy withdrew his name. There was speculation he did so due to an alleged adulterous affair.

Other Republicans that have put their name in the bucket are Rep. Daniel Webster and Rep. Jason Chaffetz. On this, Derek Hunter of Town Hall states,

“Nothing against Daniel Webster or Jason Chaffetz, but are they really people who leap to mind when you think “leader?” Or even “articulate and quick-witted conservative”? Have you ever even heard of either of them before this week?”

So what’s the Republican Party to do when it’s DESPERATE for a leader? Well, scramble of course!

That certainly explains the sudden hype around former Vice President contender Rep. Paul Ryan. Laurie Kellman of Fox News writes,

“If rebel conservatives and establishment Republicans in the House can agree on anything, it’s likely supporting Paul Ryan for Speaker.”

The Freedom Caucus is completely on board with Rep. Ryan, and would be relieved if he won the job. During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jordan, R- Ohio, said:

“Paul Ryan is a good man. He’s a great communicator, the kind of messenger I think our party needs. And certainly, if he gets in the race, I think our group would look favorably on him.”

Unfortunately for Jordan, there’s one major hitch: Rep. Paul Ryan is not interested in the job. When asked, Ryan stated the position would take him away from his small children — time he’s not willing to surrender. Derek Hunter of Town Hall said Rep. Ryan wanting to spend time with his children is fine, but noted his reason is rather contradictory: Three years ago, Ryan ran for Vice President of The United States of America.

Enter former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Apparently you do not need to hold a current position to be the leader of the House. Go figure. Newt Gingrich certainly has the credentials to lead the chamber, impress the establishment, and Tea Party that craves for a “rebel conservative.” According to Gingrich, being  Speaker of the House is a, “Moral obligation to serve the country.”

Gingrich was the architect of the 1994 “Contract of America.” On the issue of the upcoming spending bill, he believes they need to have a sound strategy, stating,

“Unless they have a strategy in dealing with these kinds of issues, they will just rapidly undermine the next speaker and be right back in the middle of a bitter internal fight that they don’t need.”

A ten-time elected Congressman from Georgia, Newt certainly knows his way around Washington. He’s seen as a common man to the conservative heart of America, someone who defends conservative’s principles. He’s also viewed as a champion of the so-called “Silent Majority.” He disagrees with President Obama on everything EXCEPT prison reform.

Newt’s crowning achievement remains that he was the originator of anti-Clinton rhetoric, leading the crusade to impeach former President Bill Clinton. Gingrich succeeded (although Clinton remained in office), but ultimately exposed as a hypocrite; he too had committed adultery. Newt supports legal immigration and not amnesty. Gingrich would be uncomfortable voting for a bill that continued to fund Planned Parenthood. He’s also against entitlement programs. A distinct advantage for Newt in winning the House Speaker role he’s old blood that can be reintroduced as new.

Like Sen. Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich has the uncanny knack of representing himself as a classic outsider while working Capitol Hill like a seasoned lobbyist. Newt can put on a big performance i.e. the Monica Lewinsky Scandal, and still somehow come across as a “Christian moral crusader” like Kim Davis.

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Bottom Line?

Newt Gingrich’s return to the role of Speaker of the House would be a Tea Party Republican’s wet dream, but your average Democrat’s worst nightmare.

The Huffington Post is reporting Newt is not interested, but based on his most recent interviews…Don’t believe the hype.

Newt Gingrich wants back in the House.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Quiana Fulton is a political writer, and she has a bachelor in political science from American Military University. She’s not jaded by polarization but absolutely has no time for people who refuse to partake in preserving and strengthening Democracy. She’s a staunch liberal that is capable of being friends with conservatives and is always down for a good debate. She’s a pro-life Dem (and yes, they exist).

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Quiana Fulton is a political writer, and she has a bachelor in political science from American Military University. She’s not jaded by polarization but absolutely has no time for people who refuse to partake in preserving and strengthening Democracy. She’s a staunch liberal that is capable of being friends with conservatives and is always down for a good debate. She’s a pro-life Dem (and yes, they exist).

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