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Early on, I was initially off-put by Gaetz, and I had bought into the mainstream reporting about this “unhinged used car salesman” disrupting our one and only House of Representatives. And then an interview by Michael Knowles with Lauren Boebert set me straight. I wrote of this process right here at Ricochet, and I’ll excerpt a bunch of these posts for context. This is a laundry list of just some of the posts I’ve written since the $1.7 trillion damned dollar Democrat omnibus funding bill was hurriedly passed by the Senate, in what I think was another Rick Santelli moment.
Please bear with me — I want remind you just why I’m so happy with Gaetz. Please recall that I began by thinking of him as yet another slick, untrustworthy Congresscritter grifting conservatives in the time-honored style. Nope — we are blessed with some great people RIGHT NOW, and Matt Gaetz is one of them. He is arguably the leader of a new Tea Party, actually accomplishing things. So here’s that story, told in flashbacks to things I’ve written here:
December 17, 2022:
Listening to Mark Levin from yesterday. Tell me where I’m wrong:
- The RFMA just passed, which we could have prevented, and without the Lee Amendment.
- We’re about to give another omnibus bill to the Democrats, removing the new Republican House’s leverage before they even sit.
- Another amnesty is coming fast.
All this and more, and not a filibuster in sight. Did Mitch forget about taking our guns, or will that happen next? Because that would just about round out the anti-conservative agenda.
December 20, 2022:
[…] this is the crunchy part of the House GOP telling the Senate that if they cave on the omnibus bill to disenfranchise the GOP in the next session, those Senators doing the Democrats’ bidding may expect targeted opposition from the House.
December 22, 2022:
I feel like writing a post about how the GOP just signed us up for two more trillion dollars to see us through to the next budget, and McConnell & Co. say that they got everything they want, with no pesky border security — not for this country, anyway. But others have written it, and besides, haven’t we been posting about this for years? What more could there possibly be to say?
Republicans bizarrely came out in support of the anti-religion, marriage-destroying, perversely-named “Respect for Marriage Act,” when they could have killed it dead. People have written about that too, before and after. The GOP offered up the Lee Amendment, which was pretty good, as a band-aid, but alas, the Lee Amendment did not pass.
December 23, 2022:
This is about the 1.7 TRILLION dollar spending bill, but it might as well be the title [“The Republicans Who Voted to Lose — Again”] of a weekly column.
The Democrats shoved a four THOUSAND page bill under the pen of Mitch McConnell while they were in a lame-duck House session. All the Republicans had to do was threaten (or force) a shutdown and resolve it with yet another CR, a Continuing Resolution to bridge the operation of government until the next session, in which the Republicans control the House by a slim majority. If I recall correctly, all bills not signed before the next session become moot. This would force the production of a new bill in a House controlled by the GOP, and since this is revenue, it’s the House’s job.
[…]. The incoming House majority is a slim one indeed, which weakens the GOP. It, therefore, strengthens the crunchy-cons who want the GOP to straighten up and act like something other than Democrats. Whatever the GOP wants in the House, it can be threatened by a kingmaking minority. And the GOP’s response will as usual be to partner up with Democrats to defeat conservatives. They did this to “crush the Tea Party” and they did it when Trump was President.
December 27, 2022:
As noted elsewhere, this miserable omnibus bill that neutered the incoming GOP House majority was voted for by 18 Senate Republicans. That’s nearly half.
I see more people here on Ricochet and on Twitter who are furious about this, and I am not talking about the usual Damn-the-RINOs brigade. McConnell […] is seen as one major reason why there is no incoming GOP Senate majority, and now he’s practically dancing on the grave of opposition to Democrats.
This omnibus debacle is “radicalizing” Republicans to oppose the business-as-usual leadership and loser deals that have been the GOP rule for decades.
January 4, 2023:
Why doesn’t McCarthy reject the endorsement by Junta Commander Trump of Los Insurrectos?
Hang in there HFC! I do want you to get a deal, but please make sure it’s a deal worth getting. Of course, getting somebody better than McCarthy would be spectacular. I’m grateful to you all for exercising your option at a point when we have time and leverage.
January 5, 2023:
Since (very) late last night, there have been rumors that a deal has been reached, and that McCarthy has accepted sufficient demands that the HFC will give him sufficient votes. A big phone conference this morning is supposedly ironing out details — if it works. […]
If McCarthy accepts the conditions laid out by the HFC and gains the votes, that is a WIN for the HFC. Why? Because without their stand, none of it would have happened and McCarthy would have been ensconced anyway. And if McCarthy is forced to step aside, this will also be an HFC victory. Somebody else will pop up and gain large numbers, and may even get right with the HFC. All they have to do is meet the conditions. […]
Here’s the point — if McCarthy blinks and the HFC wins, it will be framed as a defeat for the HFC in all the usual propaganda outlets. Please help ‘splain it to them.
Same day, and this post is really one of the tentpoles of my appreciation for Gaetz et al; the comments to this post are fantastic, and really heartening:
This interview of Rep. Lauren Boebert (below) is the most cogent explanation I have heard for the anti-McCarthy position. I’ll spoil a bit of it for you: last summer , McCarthy thought there would be far more Republicans, and that he would have enough squish votes to run over the conservatives, so he ignored their concerns.
On Monday, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) whipped votes all day […] Boebert and Co. approached McCarthy with a list of 218 YES votes for him, provided that he assent to a list of initiatives. These were mostly promises to hold a series of votes on specific issues.
This list was less ambitious than Gingrich’s wildly successful Contract With America. […]
There’s more — watch the whole thing, as it’s only 13 minutes long. Yes, this is the pro-regular order, anti-McCarthy side of the story. Heaven knows we are all hearing the pro-McCarthy argument on every channel. [emphasis added]
One of the things gained in the recent Speaker battle was a commitment from McCarthy to empanel “A second ‘Church’ committee to look into the weaponization of agencies like the FBI against Americans.”
This alone is worth it. I’ll take half a loaf with a file in it.
January 7, 2023 — This is where the bomb really hit for me. It was one thing to see the Michael Knowles interview which was eye-opening. Then I saw this hit-piece by the execrable Sean Hannity, which is tryng as hard as possible to be eye-closing. This is the wounded Deep State lashing out through its Uniparty mouthpiece — again, wonderful comments at the linked post:
Please do watch the Hannity hatchet job, and as you do so, ask yourself, “Why is he so angry? Why does he push so hard for an answer that he knows can not be given? If he were trying to shut her up while making her look stupid, what would he do differently?” […]
Word is getting out that the Hannity interview was so over the top, so jump-the-shark, that it’s blowing up in his face. Good. […]
In this interview, you can see her struggle to make some of the points much better presented in this friendly interview by Michael Knowles, which I covered here yesterday. It’s a fascinating contrast. [… the Hannity interview is] dishonest and abusive.
January 8, 2023:
Meanwhile… Where are the sandwich-boarded, ‘end-is-nigh’ers shouting REPENT! at passing conservatives, threatening them with hellfire and damnation if they don’t change their votes to McCarthy right now? Remember, less than a week ago, this was the end of our representative form of government, embarrassing on the world stage, giving the whole House to the Democrats, assuring Speaker Jeffries and President Pelosi or whatever was supposed to happen. Hannity lamely tried to yuk it up with Boebert after trashing her — but then she and Gaetz won, and suddenly he was all shucks and gee, ‘Remember when we had that lively debate a couple of days ago? That we great, huh?’
October 5, 2023 –Fast forward, and McCarthy gets ejected. Once again, MATT GAETZ leads the charge. Cue the media’s flying monkeys at Fox:
Here’s Fox News tool Brian Kilmeade doing his best Hannity impersonation all over Representative Tim Burchette. I’d provide some facts, but I don’t think those matter much in this context. […]
Newt Gingrich and Mark Levin are very down on Gaetz, et al., for “doing the Democrats’ work for them” in ousting McCarthy. […] I won’t call Levin names just because I disagree with his take on this — I know the man has a business to run. Still,[…] all I hear is the tarpit Uniparty bellowing in rage after being wounded. […]
Well, I hope this works out for the better. […]The danger of working with fire is the likelihood of getting burned. But only with fire may we heat our homes, light our nights, cook our food, and keep the evil at bay.
October 26, 2023 — Conservative Mike Johnson (R – LA) is the new Speaker! MATT GAETZ in an interview on Steve Bannon’s WAR ROOM podcast lays bare the business-as-usual:
So, guess what — the Gaetz maneuver worked perfectly. He tipped the ball and after several bumps, somebody absolutely spiked it off the opposition’s head, DOINK. […]
I confess to a tiny bit of schadenfreude, but mostly I hope to hear grace and constructive brainstorming for the future from people have been shouting about how the stupid, treacherous, no-plan-having, Worse-than-Worthless Eight have screwed us –screwed! they said — for all eternity and so forth.
Peace? All is forgiven, for the low, low price of climbing down a bit and admitting that Gaetz got it right. Not that it was a slam-dunk, but it was a risk run for great reward, and it worked — the bogeyman lefty Republicans did not after all vote Democrat, and we got a Speaker whom the Democrats loathe, because he doesn’t take their guff. That means that we the people don’t take their guff. Win-win!
November 5, 2023 — Victory lap. Matt Gaetz has every right to take a victory lap, in what I see as his “Time for Choosing” speech; that is, the one that we will look back to for context as he kicks off his Presidential run, maybe in 2028. Not that he’s saying that. I’m saying that.
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?
I am going to no-kidding bookmark this post in my browser, and refer to it when people ask me about Gaetz, and how I could possibly be conned by such a slick used car salesman.
If any used car salesman delivered like Gaetz, we would all be driving new Cadillacs for used Toyota prices. And no, they wouldn’t be stolen. Have you seen the price of a used Toyota these days?
There are plenty of good-to-great people in Congress today, and Matt Gaetz is LEADING them. He’s doing the work that back-bencher Newt Gingrich did before becoming Speaker — defining a platform and building coalitions. You know, that stuff that a Speaker is supposed to do, and that Speaker McCarthy seems to have utterly neglected other than throwing around some McConnell money.
Newt Gingrich in the 2000’s impressed me greatly calling for a limitation on campaign finance for Congress — Congresscritters should be restricted to organic fundraising from the district they’re running in — that’s it. Gingrich also said that “Real Change requires Real Change.” Gingrich should be cheerleading for Gaetz instead of calling him names. Perhaps soon he will get on board.
Matt Gaetz is the only Republican in either house of Congress who refuses all donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees. He works solely for the people of his district in Florida, which has somehow translated into a national leadership string of successes. “Somehow.”Published in