Tag: Freedom Caucus

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If Kevin McCarthy is looking for musical inspiration in his battle to become Speaker of the House on January 3rd, he might turn to fellow Bakersfield native, the late Merle Haggard. The country music icon and son of Depression-era dust bowl immigrants from Oklahoma was born near McCarthy’s hometown, a farming and food production mecca […]

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What Happens Now (With Congress)?

 

Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin famously said, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” They often qualify as fulfilling the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

We’re about to learn whether one or both fits the present. In the meantime, much drama awaits as the 118th Congress, probably the most narrowly divided Congress in American history, begins on January 3rd.

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(Updated at 8 p.m. EST) Strategists in both major political parties continue to digest this year’s elections (we can’t call it “Election Day” anymore), and mail-in votes continue to trickle in and are counted. And we still have a US Senate election to resolve in Georgia. Who knows how that will turn out? Preview Open

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Freedom Caucus: Troublemakers or Troopers?

 

When the Freedom Caucus first organized in 2015, my perception was that they were a group of overly conservative troublemakers. They rebelled against House leadership, took controversial stands, and raised  havoc overall. But lately my perception has been changing. The Freedom Caucus may be just what this country needs.

According to Pew Research, the Freedom Caucus began with about 36 members. They don’t publish a list of their members, so the identities and numbers have fluctuated over time. They are known as the most conservative of the House Republicans, although every member doesn’t fit that description. Pew Research describes them in this way:

The group, which includes many veterans of the Tea Party movement, was formed in January [2015] with the declared aim of pushing the House GOP leadership rightward on certain fiscal and social issues. More broadly, the caucus wants power shifted away from the leadership to the rank-and-file (by, for instance, giving committees more leeway on which bills to move forward and allowing more amendments to come to floor votes).

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Speaking at Stanford today, former Congressman and Speaker of the House Boehner described Senator Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former Speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” … “Throughout […]

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Trump: The Glass Half-Full Perspective

 

Trump Ice bottled water was forced into receivership in 2006. Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

As I drive my kids to school I switch between Fox News and Glenn Beck, and when each station plays the incessant My Pillow and 877-Kars-4-Kids commercials, we enjoy some morning Zeppelin.

A House Divided

 

The announcement of Speaker Boehner’s sudden retirement has mostly been met with joy, and I am not sorry to see him go. But we should temper our enthusiasm about how radical a change will come with a new speaker.

The reality of the House, in my opinion, is that it is not made up of two parties. It is made up of three.