Unbeknownst to the general public, but an easy trivia answer for any conservative packing a pocket Constitution, the Speaker of the House does not have to be an elected member of the House of Representatives.
According to the Office of the Clerk of the United States: “Although the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a Member of the House, all Speakers have been Members.”
With the GOP currently squabbling over who should be the new face of the party with current Speaker John Boehner (R- OH) stepping down and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stepping aside, GOP House members and conservative pundits are floating the names of non-House members who might be willing to take the most thankless job in Congress; Republican Speaker and Tea Party Cat Herder.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has suggested former Speaker Newt Gingrich, saying: “Newt. By far. He balanced the budget, was not afraid to shut down the govt.”
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman suggested ex-Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman in the spirit of reaching across the aisle.
With the GOP’s ultra-conservative “Freedom Caucus” holding a considerable amount of hardliner votes, it appears that the candidate from within or from outside the House will need to exemplify uncompromising conservative values and a willingness to lead and not seek out politically correct solutions to what ails the country.
Since the floor is open to non-House members, we have some suggestions.
Occupation: Conservative commentator, best selling author and immigrant basher
Qualifications: When it comes to uncompromising conservative ideals, Coulter leads the pack regardless of political realities. High on the list of issues, and a worrisome issue that dogged Rep. McCarthy who represents a district with a large Hispanic population, is immigration. Coulter’s most recent book is entitled: “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” which could easily be mistaken for a plank in 2016 GOP platform. Also, she is a woman and that would shush up the “War on Women” critics of the GOP.
Luke Gatti (AKA: drunk mac & cheese kid)
Occupation: Former college student and side order gourmet
Qualifications: Gatti will not take “no” for an answer. If you want to shut down f*cking Obamacare, he will shut down f*cking Obamacare. Deport all f*cking undocumented immigrants? Consider them f*cking deported. The House Sergeant at Arms would have to wrestle him to the ground to keep him from pushing the f*cking GOP agenda through. Also, since he has been booted out of his second school, he’s available right f*cking now.
Occupation: Radio host, vitamin salesman and alternate reality speculator
Qualifications: Conservatives think government is the problem. So does Jones and he has all the inside dirt on everything they are doing from chemtrails to the government using juice boxes to breed gay people to take over the world. The truth is out there…and Alex Jones knows where to find it.
Pharma Bro (aka Martin Shkreli)
Occupation: Former hedge fund manager, Pharma CEO and extreme capitalist
Qualifications: Shkreli is the personification of the free hand of the market allowing drug prices to float to their appropriate value level — as long as it is his free hand jacking up prices 5,500 percent overnight. Wall Street would love an unabashed capitalist as the face of the GOP, particularly one who has the ability to defend anything with a smile on his face.
Occupation: Christian, friend of the Pope and government worker
Qualifications: Many politicians talk the talk but fail to walk the walk. Not Davis. She will go to jail for her beliefs, is quite popular with the Christian right, and is the face of flyover country — a key GOP demographic. It is quite possible that Mike Huckabee — and therefore God — would support her candidacy.
Occupation: Guitarist, NRA Board Member and unapologetic gun enthusiast
Qualifications: Virtually every GOP House member is in the pocket of the NRA, so Nugent’s nomination would find a considerable support from the gun rights group who would enjoy seeing one of their own people in the high profile GOP leadership position. Nugent is also not afraid to take on the president whom he previously called a “subhuman mongrel.”
Occupation: Radio host and conscience of conservatives
Qualifications: For years Limbaugh has been called the voice of conservatism and he has been one of John Boehner’s biggest critics. Why not hand the speaker’s gavel over to him and let become the face of the party? Limbaugh has never compromised on any issue –even when it costs his radio syndicator millions in revenue. That is called “putting your money where your mouth is” — although it has been his bosses who have taken the financial hit and not him since he has a fat contract.
Occupation: GOP presidential nominee, television reality star and billionaire businessman
Qualifications: Trump is the de facto face of the Republican Party right now whether they like it or not. But choosing him as the new Speaker would get him out of the race and open the door for someone who stands a ghost of a chance against the eventual Democratic nominee. As the Speaker he could propose “huge” policy plans and then let the voting members hammer out the details — a mainstay of his campaign so far. Trump also has tons of television experience which would come in handy for the Sunday morning shows when John McCain is not available.