At one time, North Carolina was a showcase of conservative political talent: Jim Gardner, John East, Lauch Faircloth, Walter Jones, Jesse Helms. Now, we have a surplus of limp pantywaists overrunning our GOP congressional and legislative delegations. WHAT happened ???
David Rouzer is a true “star” among our pantywaist caucus. He’s been a lobbyist, a Hill staffer, a state legislator, a federal employee, a lobbyist AGAIN, and a congressman. No real-world experience. While he was in the legislature, he was influential in congressional redistricting. He remade the 7th congressional district –redirecting it from the southeastern corner of the state to a configuration stretching from Benson to Wilmington. The new seat was tailor-made for him. It was majority Republican, and even included his senate district.
The funny thing is: he lost in his first attempt in the new district to incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre. In a majority Republican district.
The second time was the charm. McIntyre quit and the Dems threw a patsy in against Rouzer. The man from Benson was back to DC. As soon as he arrived, Rouzer proceeded to hug up to the low-T RINOs as tightly as he could.
During the recent showdown over the House speaker vote, Rouzer abandoned his home folks and stood with Kevin. He wanted Kevin to be his friends. Dave wanted his committee posts AND all that Kevin-tied lobbyist money.
I already knew Rouzer was a wuss. That’s why I wasn’t terribly surprised by the recounting of the speaker showdown he fed his constituents in a recent release:
This has been a historic and challenging week to say the least. Governing is a complex and messy process, and it requires Members of Congress to look for a way to get to an agreement. It’s no different than when you are trying to reach a deal in business or buy/sell a home; each has to want to get to an agreement for it to happen.
House Republicans have a conservative policy agenda that has been set for some time. The roadmap is simple: You produce the most conservative legislation possible that has the broadest support among the Republican Conference and you stick together and vote for it. That is how you rack up wins and get our country back on track — but everyone has to want to get to yes. […]
The real sad part here is that the GOP caucus is not conservative. It calls itself that at campaign time. But, as we saw with the speaker vote, only ten percent of the caucus will insist on conservative things like balanced budgets and lower taxes and smaller government.
We’ve had GOP control of Congress before and government STILL grew and taxes still increased out of control. Rouzer & co. have diluted the word “conservative” to mean absolutely nothing.
Members of Congress have a responsibility to uphold our Constitution, to answer to our constituents, and to strengthen our country — all while navigating the complexities of Capitol Hill — which is not easy. It’s especially hard when you have individual members who are more interested in promoting themselves than anything else.
Kinda like you’re doing RIGHT NOW, eh?
[…] Electing a Speaker of the House is not just about one individual. It’s about protecting the institution, managing talent to achieve the best solutions, and allowing members to legislate and make their voices heard for the benefit of the country. Critically important is the institution itself. Our founders devised a system of government that protects the minority voice to ensure that it is heard, but the majority rules. This is particularly true for the House of Representatives. (The U.S. Senate is much different in its makeup and rules.) [..]
Not about ONE individual? Well, then WHY did you guys spend all that time trying to ram ONE option down everyone’s throats?
[…] To allow a very small minority to dictate to the majority in the Republican Conference would have imperiled the institution forever more — diminishing the majority voice of the people. After the Republican Conference voted this past November to nominate Kevin McCarthy as our designee for Speaker with 85 percent of the vote, for the sake of the institution there was no choice but to vote for him to be Speaker. For clarity, let me put it this way: What if the shoe were on the other foot with those holding seats in mostly Democrat districts holding out? Rules matter. The majority matters. Institutions matter. Precedent matters. (A previous version of this newsletter used an incorrect but similar word.)[…]
A “very small minority” dictating to everybody? That’s the way it always has worked in the US House, and in the General Assembly in Raleigh where you used to serve. Democrat AND Republican majorities. That’s how Timmy and Phil do it in Raleigh, now.
Also, nobody EVER got a majority of the House vote. Kevin got elected with 216.
The holdouts were actually trying to get YOU and the rest of the Fan Club to open things up and let others participate. Damn.
[…] A great leader always provides his members an exit strategy, and that is what Speaker McCarthy did. Few could have pulled it off, but his perseverance, resolve and the help of many other members working together made it happen. […]
McCarthy, a GREAT LEADER ??? Question, Dave: Why was he soooooo radioactive when he tried to be speaker in 2015, but was THE MAN this year?
Speaking of leadership, where were YOU, Dave, during the speaker standoff? At least Hudson got in a fight and got some publicity. What did you do?
Also, everyone else who isn’t sniffing Kevin’s underwear realizes that it was Trump who got the deal done. If he had not convinced the final six to vote PRESENT, you’d still be voting on a speaker. Stop kidding yourself.