Speaker Price?

The Political Insider points us toward an article in Roll Call speculating on who the next Speaker of the U.S. House might be. Georgia’s own Tom Price made the list.

Tom Price of Georgia

Tom Price has the conservative credentials to attract a lot of support, hails from the vote-rich South and maintains an outsider’s appeal, even if he’s on the inside of most policy discussions. Like Hensarling, he opposed the Wall Street bailout and once led the Republican Study Committee. An orthopedic surgeon, he also led the Republican Policy Committee in the 112th and has wonk cred. He now serves as a senior member on Ways and Means.

In the 113th Congress, he ran for chairman of the House Republican Conference, the No. 4 position in GOP leadership, but was defeated by the more moderate Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

But Price remains in the loop. He was named vice chairman of the Budget Committee and vice chairman for policy at the NRCC.

It seems Boehner’s hold on the Speakership is tenuous. Of course that could be all talk radio driven wishful thinking. However, Congressman Price is in a good spot should Boehner crumble. Thoughts?


  1. Ed says:

    Interesting. Also interesting (and slightly OT) is that there was a reporter from the New York Times on “Fresh Air” last night and was talking about how congress has changed. It was interesting how he said Tom DeLay always got 218 votes. You always knew stuff would pass through the House. Now, you really don’t. Its funny how the last two Speakers have been fairly ineffectual qua Speakers.

    • I have major issues with Pelosi’s governing strategy when she ran the House, but all things being equal she was much closer to the DeLay efficiency model than the Boehner one.

      I would argue that they were actually a little too efficient, and their ability to pass the most liberal possible version of a bill (which was going to be DOA in the Senate – even with 60 Democrats) ultimately just fed the tea party atmosphere rather than really accomplished anything, the ACA not withstanding…but even then, you can imagine an ACA process that doesn’t include the House trying to pass it with only 218 votes turning out a lot better as well.

      • David C says:

        To be fair to the 218 vote version of the ACA, I got the impression at the time that the reason it was only 218 was that Pelosi was minding her caucus. By that point, ACA had started to become a drag and she was giving people in conservative districts the ability to vote no so long as the bill would pass. It’s certainly different than an LBJ style “Damn it, let’s run up the score!” legislative leadership course, but I don’t think it was a straight up case of “most liberal bill that can get to 218.”

  2. griftdrift says:

    I listened to that too ( we’re such good liberals, Ed ). The NY Times reporter’s opinion was that Boehner is only about a dozen votes away from losing the Speakership. As he put it, he’s on the razor’s edge.

    Not just talk radio fever dreams. Realistic analysis.

    • If you’re Boehner, it’s not a good sign that people are talking about how you Speakership is on on the razor’s edge, and others are speculating on your successor.

    • I believe Boehner could be and maybe has been a good Speaker for the country, especially when you consider how batsh*t crazy the Republican caucus that he has to deal with is. He’s clearly cut from the deal making cloth of prior eras, and is probably doing everything he can to have a poorly functioning House instead of one that doesn’t function at all.

      • David C says:

        Boehner has the unfortunate problem that he pretty much got to be Speaker by default. After Delay went down and Hastert quit after losing the Speakership, he was House Minority Leader. But the reasons the Republicans won the House in 2010 had almost nothing do to with him: He wasn’t a dynamic leader out on the stump and he didn’t crystallize a policy platform for the opposition. The Dems just got whacked by the combination of a slow recovery, a reinvigorated Republican base, the drag of health care, and a midterm electorate substantially older and whiter than a Presidential electorate at the precise moment the Democratic coalition was weakest with those demographic groups. Almost none of that was Boehner, but because he had been Minority Leader, he ended up Speaker.

        Coming out of the ’94 Elections, as erratic and grandiose as Gingrich is he had credibility as the guy who had been the Leader of the charge that won back Congress that year, and so he had the power to make deals and the ability to sell them to his caucus. Instead, Boehner’s found himself presiding over a caucus that mostly owes him diddly poo and, thanks to a grassroots always looking for the next RINO or sell out, suspicious not just of backroom deals, but any deals at all. He’s got no pull with anybody at all, which is why he’s the weakest Speaker in living memory and always on the edge of losing his post.

  3. Noway says:

    Ok, Herb, I’ll bite: What makes you think Johnson has the seniority to even approach the Speakership? Grayson? Two terms and now he’s gonna be Speaker?

    • Herb says:

      Anybody can be put up for the nomination for the Speakership. Look at who those crazy Cons were voting for in the last Speaker election over Bohener. Some even voted for non-House members. I confess the unlikely nature of either a Grayson Speakership or a Johnson Speakership(or, for that matter, a Ralph Nader Speakership), but for a staunch Progressive as myself, it is worth toying with the notion of how much better a country we would be with either man as Speaker(same goes for Clyburn and Rangel, too).

      And with regards to O’Charlie, I’m honored to be deemed a troll by a man who worships at the altar of job-destroying pocket-liners like Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Rick Scott, among others. Keep ’em coming! Show us all what those crazy Cons stand for!

      • Noway says:

        Charlie doesn’t need me to defend him, but “job destroyer?” Really, Herb? Who’s killed more jobs, Herb, union goons with their unrealistic salary/health care demands that are solely responsible for jobs going overseas or Mitt Romney? Can you say Eastern Airlines? Who killed all those jobs, Herb?

        Also saw your horrified post on the other subject. How dare Loudermilk enjoy shooting a rifle! The Horror, The Horror!!

      • Noway says:

        Oh, and who just killed jobs in DC, Herb? Your progressive City Council, that’s who! Demanding Walmart provide a “living wage” significantly higher than their competitors. Those jobs are now gone, Herb. Don’t believe Romney did that.

  4. Scott65 says:

    I’m sorry…but that was the best laugh I had all day…Speaker Price??? Is this what you do to just put the party out of its misery more quickly???

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