Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will face the most important vote they will encounter for the next two years. On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 the House will vote for their next Speaker. The reason this is the most important vote cast by each Representative is because of the enormous power the Speaker has on how the U.S. House of Representatives is governed. If you get on the Speaker’s naughty list, chances are you will not get a good committee assignment, your bills will never make it out of committee and do not expect any funding to come your way for re-election.
The Speaker’s position is also very important from a PR perspective. Not only does this office wield the gavel when it comes to legislation, this is the office that the DC Press look to when there is a divided government in order to find a contrary opinion to the President’s. It is therefore crucial to have someone in power who can clearly articulate the conservative point of view and why it is best for the country.
Finally the Speaker’s office is powerful because it was made that way by the Founders. They put the order of Presidential succession:
- Speaker of the House
Therefore as a conservative, it is crucial that our Representatives elect a conservative to be the next Speaker. The last conservative to serve in this capacity was Newt Gingrich from 1994-1998. Since the Speakers have been moderate Republicans (Denny Hastert, John Boehner) and a liberal Democrat (Nancy Pelosi). If you like what Mr. Gingrich did, when a Democrat President was in office, then you should also want to remove Boehner and replace him with a conservative Speaker. However if you live in Oregon’s 2nd congressional district, do not hold your breath. Congressman Greg Walden has hitched his train to the John Boehner, and again will be voting for his own power, position and prestige over what is best for our country.
Mr. Walden is missing from this list of those brave men dare to stand against power in their own party and for principle. Tomorrow these patriots will not vote for John Boehner to retain the Speaker’s position. As a self-proclaimed conservative, we should expect better from Mr. Walden. Matter of fact, we deserve better.