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Matt Gaetz in Florida yesterday, flying low, throws sonic booms into the crowd and across the nation with this awesome speech capping a remarkable year of accomplishment (so far) for one young Representative. The points he makes are the points you want made, the goals he seeks are the goals you want achieved, and he delivers! So why don’t you approve of him?
Those who hated the Tea Party also hate Gaetz. These are the people who thought a decade ago that McCain, Boehner, and McConnell, and for that matter Obama, Holder and Lerner were right to “crush” the Tea Party, and they have no use for Gaetz. He’s everything they don’t want in a Republican Party. But they probably haven’t read this far, so back to the “you” I’m really talking to.
Matt Gaetz is whom we have to thank for this conservative Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson. Others helped, but Gaetz led, and Boy! did he deliver. It was Gaetz at the beginning over a year ago, but I’d say that he only really surfaced in the January Speakership wrestling match. Gaetz forced a debate, set the terms, and accepted Boehner’s — I mean McCarthy’s — pledge. And then Gaetz held McCarthy accountable when he backslid, which brings us up to date.
I’m not saying that Representatin’ is easy, and McCarthy was in a bind, true. But much of that bind was arranged, like so much in Congress, like when the EPA arranges to be sued by its lunatic friends, so that a court commands the EPA to assume powers and take actions repugnant to the Constitution, neither intended nor spelled out in any law. Win-win for the bad guys, and so it goes with much of the Congressional log-rolling, the sort of stuff that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner promised was OVER when they said “the era of business-as-usual IS OVER.” And then they went right back to business as usual, and vowed to “crush the Tea Party,” so that’s how that relationship went.
If you were Tea Party back in the day, please recall what we wanted — not to form another actual party. Recall that the title “Tea Party” is of course a reference to the Boston Tea Party, and describes an energetic rejection of abuses by a self-selecting group of people, not the formation of a formal political faction. We never (most of us) wanted to form a new party, but to take over the existing Republican Party by holding it accountable. Is this not now being done?
Matt Gaetz is the leader who stepped into that void, seemingly while we weren’t looking, and has brought order and results from chaos and a pattern of defeat.
Remember this speech in 2027. Something tells me you will be reminded.
h/t @bobthompson for spotting this speech linked in an article at the Conservative Treehouse.
I’m also working on a post describing the “post road” I took to Matt Gaetz. Keep your eyes peeled.Published in