Freedom Caucus Members Decry 'Fear and Intimidation' of Boehner Era
Amash backed Labrador to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader in June 2014, in opposition to Boehner’s chosen candidate McCarthy.
Like Amash, Labrador claimed their caucus doesn’t want to apply a litmus test of conservatism to any Republican trying to replace Boehner. But Labrador stressed Republicans in the House need to make changes from the top down. Voters, he wrote, are demanding reform.
“It is clear that our constituents will simply not accept a continuation of the status quo, and that the viability of the Republican Party depends on whether we start listening to our voters and fighting to keep our promises,” Labrador wrote.
Amash closed his Facebook post by writing, “We cannot have more of the same. It's time to choose a speaker who will restore respect and order to the House so that we can once again govern as the Constitution intends.”
The idea that Amash and the Freedom Caucus are only altruistically interested in improving the performance of the House, the lot of the GOP and as a result the condition of the American people drew a sarcastic harrumph from Rep. King on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show Oct. 9.
“They show no sense of responsibility,” King told host Joe Scarborough, referring to the Freedom Caucus.
As for another complaint raised by Amash, that the Freedom Caucus should be brought off the back bench and given a place a prominence in House GOP discussions, King said, “This isn’t a high school debating society.”
King also told Scarborough the person the House needs for its next speaker is “someone who can bang heads and break legs.”
Maybe King is the guy to start playing whack-a-mole with the skulls of those who fail to acquiesce to the will of the leadership quickly enough.
If so, could Amash and Labrador work with Rep. Peter King, speaker of the House?
King, who is seen as a centrist, must be interested. His website features a link to an article published by Newsday, “Will Pete King sit on the iron throne?”
But how could King, a centrist Republican, work with Amash, Labrador and the rest of the “crazies”?
The Newsday article points out King has a long and storied career in the House. The Boehner ally has good relationships with quite a few Democrats, as well as Republicans.
His friends across the aisle would make all the difference in the House. They would make it much easier for a centrist, like King, to collect the 218 votes needed to replace Boehner.
At the same time, those Democrats would remove the power of the Freedom Caucus to block legislation in the House.
What would Amash and Labrador do then?