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I call on all representatives, left and right, to vote for Patrick McHenry for speaker.
He has a great name, almost like one of my heroes and avatar, Patrick Henry.
He has incredible sartorial sense that is just unusual enough to make him stand out. The bow ties, the light gray suit instead of the standard-issue navy, the horn-rim glasses with the perfect arc.
He has handled himself well as speaker pro tempore, keeping things running smoothly without overstepping his limited authority. He speaks calmly and with just enough gravitas to command attention. His wry smile makes him seem serious yet approachable.
And he is in the middle of the Republican conference with an 82% on a Heritage Foundation scorecard. He could build coalitions across the breadth of the conference. Yes, I would like a hard-charging conservative like Jim Jordan, but he’s not a realistic choice to work with the moderate Republicans in the conference, and we need their votes every time to get to 217.
[This post started out to be merely humorous, but the more I read about McHenry, the more I think he would make a good speaker.]Published in