All of this uproar about who among Republicans should replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House is not only premature, but worthless until somebody establishes what the true qualifications are for the job. Right now, the belief seems to be that the proper qualification has to do with some sort of ideological test, whether the person is “conservative enough” or “establishment enough” to either “advance the conservative cause” or “get things done,” respectively. That’s simply wrong, and seems to echo too many of the internecine battles we have choosing our candidates, which is ALSO wrong.
What Republicans need, first and foremost, is a Speaker that can SPEAK- intelligently, clearly, persuasively, in quotable bits or lengthy argumentation. That such speaking must also be believable and “common sense” goes without saying. The second requirement, necessitating the first, is a brilliant tactician that can find a way to actually pass legislation using House rules, parliamentary procedure and the management of public perceptions. Note that the ideological content matters little, here. When Republicans actually pass a budget funding everything BUT Obamacare, for example and as they should, they get blamed for shutting down the entire government because the Democrats in the Senate refuse to take up any budget whatsoever, and get away with blaming the Republicans! There should be ways to not only put the blame where it belongs, but to force Democrats to act in the best interests of the country. Wouldn’t THAT be different? Republicans could finally stop being the “stupid Party” that challenges and then rolls over.