House Speaker John Boehner's decision to resign in October has some conservatives wondering who will (or should) be the next to go. While we would offer the modest proposal of sending every current member of congress">Congress home and start from scratch, the early moves appear to be against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting.
Mr. Villere isn’t just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOPchairman in the nation, with 12 years on the job, and is the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP’s national governing body. He also serves on the RNC’s executive committee that makes decisions alongside Chairman Reince Priebus.
“Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,” Mr. Villere said in an interview with The Washington Times. “I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections.”
There is no indication McConnell is going anywhere right now. The Senate has very different dynamics and rules than the House, so pushing McConnell out would be difficult, though not impossible.
And there needs to be some though to what comes next. Boehner's leaving office could be a sign of the establishment's decision to fight its battles on other ground. Waste time in the House? Nope -- let the "crazies" have it and good luck to them. The old guard is going to turn its energy, and checkbooks, on the presidential race.
The aim: Stop Trump. At all costs. That doesn't necessarily mean they are going to go all-in for Jeb Bush. The developing narrative there is that Bush is on notice -- he needs to find another gear, or drop out, so resources can be concentrated behind someone else (hint: Marco Rubio).