Congress

Report: Batshit Caucus Already Plotting Against Speaker Ryan in 2017

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

The House Flying Monkey Freedom Caucus is reportedly planning to oppose Paul Ryan when his speakership comes up for renewal early next year for the next session of Congress.

The Batshit Caucus does not have enough votes to block his confirmation, but they do have enough to deny his ascent on the first ballot. This, some members of the caucus say, will give them leverage to push new rules.

Their ideas include increasing caucus representation on committees, bulking up subcommittee staff with hard-liners who could be groomed for election, allowing the GOP House campaign arm to collect contributions for the Freedom Caucus that could be directed to conservative candidates, and clarifying rules-suspension votes.

This all seems like a misnomer to me because the Freedom Caucus already effectively runs the House and has since they were called the Tea Party.

It's not a coincidence that House Republicans are almost entirely incapable of passing any legislation beyond the renaming of a post office and haven't passed a single appropriations bill this year. Speaker Paul Ryan and Speaker Boehner before him have effectively ceded the entire governing process to a bunch of wackaloons who wield their decoder rings in the coat closet where the secret listening devices can't hear them.

Unless Democrats retake the House in November, the same dynamic we've seen play out over the last six years will almost certainly continue. House Republicans will be incapable of governing even themselves and won't be able to pass their own legislation in a chamber they control.