Following that monumental upset, I thought that maybe, just maybe the House leadership would get the message from the grass roots of the party and consider doing business in a new fashion. After all, the Speaker's leadership was anything but conservative and Speaker Boehner seemed hell bent on jamming amnesty through in spite of the loud objections of the voters. Unfortunately for America, Boehner doubled down, setting the election date for the Majority Leader yesterday and he also endorsed the current whip, Kevin McCarthy of California, the current Whip and a nice guy, but a man who walks in route step with Boehner.
Due to the short time frame from Cantor's defeat to the leadership election, it was almost impossible to find any good Conservative willing to run since mounting a campaign in that short span was almost impossible. Raul Labrador of Idaho valiantly made an attempt but alas, when the votes were in last night, McCarthy was elected and so the two most powerful positions in the House, the ones who run the roost with an iron hand, are now once again in the hands of the Establishment.
Remember back in 2010 after Obama had been elected two years prior and had jammed his Obamacare through with nary a Republican vote? Conservatism, represented by the Tea Party and others desiring a return to common sense government, swept the Democrats out of the majority in the House and with them Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. And even though the Republicans selected Boehner, a decent man but one without any strong conservative views to be the new Speaker, I felt sure that things would get better.
Since that time, however, we've watched Boehner cave to Obama time and time again, always making excuses that he is picking his fight for another day which never comes. And Eric Cantor worked hard to get his message of opposition to the Tea Party activated with McCarthy as a willing supporter. So now this same McCarthy is in Cantor's chair and the leadership continues to do nothing to represent the real spirit of Republicanism, instead opting to work for the interests of Wall Street, K Street and the Chamber of Commerce against Main Street and flyover USA.
What a disappointment we have. It's almost as if the Republicans are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, kind of like what Obama has done in Iraq. Should we give up? Should we start a new party?
No, as tempting as that sounds from the emotional point of view, it would be disastrous. What we need to do is find more Dave Brats and continue to primary those who refuse to represent us. And we are making progress, from the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul in the Senate, we see a glorious opportunity to pick up another Senate seat for conservatism in Mississippi next week with Chris McDaniel. And since Brat showed what can be done with a strong message even though funding was almost non-existent, the future looks bright even in the House.
And the other thing we can do is let our good Conservative Representatives clearly know our displeasure. Many of them are displeased as well, and since the key leadership positions will be up for a vote at the start of the next session of Congress, let's sow the seeds now for major change next winter. We need at least one, preferably two good card carrying Conservatives leading the House in January after we maintain control of the body in November.
Keep your chin up, your nose to the grind, and the momentum rolling. Let's set our sights on replacing a "Do Nothing House" with one that will restore freedom and individuality to America. Never give up on that goal. And remember, it takes disappointments to make the ultimate victory so much sweeter. We can do this in November.