Weekly Opinion Editorial
TUG OF WAR!
by Steve Fair
October 25th Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-LA) was elected the 56th
Speaker of the U.S. House on the fourth ballot of voting. He received 220 votes- 217 are required for
election. Johnson was the 4th
Republican nominee after the successful motion to vacate the speakership of
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA). Johnson is the second least experienced Speaker in
U.S. history. He has served in the House
just 6 years and 10 months. Three
is Speaker of the House Mike Johnson? He
is a Louisiana lawyer. He served two
years in the Louisiana legislature before being elected to Congress. He is the first Speaker from the Bayou
state. Johnson worked in private
practice and founded Freedom Guard; a nonprofit legal ministry designed to
represent Christian clients in lawsuits.
has served as vice chairman of the Republican caucus. He has been a member of the Judiciary and
Armed Services committees. He is a past
chair of the Republican Study Committee, a conservative group of House members. Rep. Kevin Hern, (R-OK) is the current
a Southern Baptist. He and his wife have
been married for 24 years and have four children. He has said, ‘my faith informs everything
I do.” He and his wife co-host a
podcast ‘Truth be Told,’ in which they discuss public affairs from a
Christian perspective. In an interview
with Sean Hannity after his Speaker election, Johnson said he believes in the
core values of American conservatism; individual freedom, limited government,
the rule of law, peace through strength, fiscal responsibility, free markets
and human dignity.
what will Speaker Johnson do? The duties
of the Speaker of the House are outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They preside over the House, maintain order
and govern the administration of House business. The challenge Johnson faces is the same as what
McCarthy faced- holding the GOP caucus together to get anything
accomplished. The nation is in the midst
of a budget crisis with the Continuing Resolution (CR) expiring in less than
three weeks. Johnson has said he would
start by negotiating with President Biden and Senate Democrats about funding bills. He has floated the idea federal funding be
cut by -8%.
also favors changing House rules to make it more difficult to remove the
Speaker. He supports helping Ukraine and
Israel. He wants Congress to be
consulted before use of military force in the middle east. If the Republican House caucus unifies and stays
together, they could get concessions from Biden and Senate Democrats and
will the Crazy Eight do? The eight
so-called Republicans who voted with the Democrat minority to remove McCarthy can
sabotage Johnson. With a razor thin
majority, the tail (the Crazy Eight) can once again wag the dog. There is no evidence the Crazy Eight learned
a lesson in the last three weeks. Don’t
expect them to now be team players.
Expect them to disrupt, derail and to not cooperate with the other 200 plus GOP members.
Johnson appears to be a principled conservative. The task before him is getting the 221 Republican caucus members to stay together. It’s herding cats time. Collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce or create something. Republicans struggle to do that. It’s past time to pull on the same end of the rope at the same time. Playing tug of war with ourselves ain’t working.