No, not the guy who wrote your dictionary. Daniel Webster the Congressman from Florida who could be saving conservatism in the House of Representatives right now. Yes, really.
John Boehner is out (we’re not shedding too many tears), and the race is on to replace him now current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy has dropped out. Again, not too many tears, McCarthy may have been Boehner 2.o, and we’re done with that model. And the pink ties.
This week out of nowhere, the name Daniel Webster emerged as a formidable conservative challenger to Kevin McCarthy. This morning, the House Freedom Caucus promised him their 40 votes in what would have been today’s secret ballot. Yes, that’s YUUUUUUUUUUGE. So huge, those 40 votes are probably one of the main reasons McCarthy dropped out. In his drop-out speech, McCarthy said,
“Over the last week it has become clear to me that our conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader. I have always put this conference ahead of myself. Therefore I am withdrawing my candidacy for speaker of the House.”
Translation: You conservaties are actually going to stick together rather than simply hand me the Speakership on a silver platter, so I’m taking my toys and going home. Also, screw you conservatives and your principles, like being against abortion and stuff. Losers.
As McCarthy heads home dragging his security blanket behind him, let’s focus on Congressman Webster. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about Daniel Webster:
1. Daniel Webster may not be the next Speaker of the House. 40 votes is enough to shake things up, but not enough to put him over the top. Those 40 votes ensured McCarthy would’ve endured multiple ballots on October 29th (the floor vote for Speaker) and subsequently, would’ve made tons of concessions to the Freedom Caucus before becoming Speaker. Hence… McCarthy drops out. And when the Freedom Caucus wins, conservatives win. You could call it a win-win.
2. His constituents love him. Webster served 18 years in the Florida House of Representatives before being elected to serve as a Congressman in 2010.
3. Daniel Webster shakes things up. In 1996, he became Florida’s first Republican Speaker of the House in 122 years. So he’s kinda a big deal in the sunshine state. Upon his rise to power, Webster implemented serious change in the Florida House: the chamber began following House rules (imagine that!), considered bills in alphabetical order of each committee (goodbye political gamesmanship), and finished work at 6 p.m. every day. Efficiency, baby.
4. He’s an all-around conservative, not just a “fiscal” conservative. Webster is 100% pro-life, an outspoken advocate of school choice (he’s a homeschool dad), and is an active member of his church… where he’s taught Sunday School for over 40 years. In other words, babies are humans, you should educate them how you want, and Jesus is a cool dude. Yes, please.
5. Daniel Webster gets it. Check out his reasoning for running for Speaker and tell me you couldn’t support this man:
“I think we have a power-driven system now. I have seen it at every legislative level all over the country, where a few people at the top of the pyramid of power make all the decisions. All I want to do is push down that pyramid of power, spread out the base so every member has an opportunity, at least an opportunity to be successful. That’s it…”
Nutshell: Webster wants members of Congress to do their job.
I think I love this man…
by Krystal Heath, follow her on Twitter