Well, another opportunity lost once again for conservatives to gain control of our destiny in Congress. McCarthy, Cantor’s hand-picked successor for his position locks in. Boehner’s bud, who will continue to intimidate anyone who doesn’t follow the Rino line will maintain the status quo. He and Boehner will chose Committee assignments, and lots of luck for Conservatives getting any assignments that will give them face time. And what do the Conservatives have to say to this?
UPDATE: From Hot Air with a good take on the situation.
So the night after Eric Cantor’s defeat, the House Republican whip, the amiable Kevin McCarthy—the apparent frontrunner to succeed Cantor as leader because intelligent conservatives don’t want to compete for the privilege of serving as No. 2 to the amiable speaker, John Boehner—was telling a group of lobbyists pulled together by the Chamber of Commerce in a private room in a D.C. steakhouse: Don’t worry, nothing much will change, it will be business as usual in the House of Representatives.
Back to the post:
Brent Bozell, the chairman of ForAmerica, said he didn’t want to criticize Hensarling or Jordan for their decisions, but he was nonetheless exasperated that out of dozens of conservatives, none was willing to step up to the plate.“So many chest thumpers. Where are they now?” Bozell said. “There’s a real question as to whether a member of congress has the right to complain to anybody about anything leadership does if they don’t challenge them.”
“Shame on all of us. Here’s the conservative movement, and we were all asleep at the switch. We did not galvanize behind a guy, or a person, and we waited until the die was cast.
If conservatives are going to do more than throwing mud in people’s eyes, if we’re going to actually win some battles, then we damn well better get on our game,” one conservative lawmaker said.
It’s not that they didn’t try
In a commanding display of sheer political power, GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy locked up support over 48 hours to replace the vacancy at Majority Leader left by Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat.
Recall: Conservative Group Launches Campaign To ‘Depose’ Boehner From Speakership’ back in 2012??
December 7, 2012
American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership.
“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ned Ryun, president and CEO of AMA. “Boehner has never won a negotiation [sic] battle with the White House or Senate – and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the conservative movement. It’s time for him to go.”
Now back to reality of this latest misstep. You are telling me that no one wants this position? What in the world are we fighting for???
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) abruptly dropped out late Thursday, saying “the measures necessary to run a successful campaign would have created unnecessary and painful division within our party.”
Although Sessions made a spirited effort to run to McCarthy’s right by seizing on the immigration issue, McCarthy’s biggest risks came from more conservative lawmakers that didn’t enter the race: namely House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).
The episode has left conservatives on and off the Hill deeply frustrated that they had missed what is likely the best chance they’ll ever get to remake the leadership team.
Cantor’s abrupt downfall threw the House into chaos, prompting a flurry of meetings and intrigue. On the right, small groups of members held dozens of impromptu sessions to draw up a game plan.
The problem was, as it has been for some time, they didn’t have a candidate.
An optimistic scenario, posited by some on the right, was that conservatives could build support for a candidate over the coming months and mount a serious challenge in November.
But that runs square against how power works in the Capitol. McCarthy will likely be able to consolidate power over that span, making him much more difficult to dislodge.
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