Replace John Boehner With ... Jon Huntsman?
Next speaker should come from outside the House: Norman Ornstein
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 11:35 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – With John Boehner's Plan B budget bill bounced, the House speaker's chances of getting reelected on Jan. 3 are dwindling rapidly. Conservatives Republicans firmly control their party, but they lack the votes to push through legislation or compromise with Democrats, so it's time for unconventional alternatives, writes Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute in the Washington Post. It's time to elect a speaker from outside the House of Representatives.

After all, nothing in the Constitution requires the speaker of the House to be a member. Ornstein's top choices are Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels. Both are Republicans with solid conservative credentials, but also the proven ability to compromise and work with Democrats. "America’s political dysfunction is driven by a Republican Party that has become an insurgent outlier," writes Ornstein. "It may be time for a different kind of out-of-the-box action." Read the full column here.

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Roger007
Dec 27, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Regardless of ones political affiliation, or none, every time I read about Jon Huntsman, it reminds me of the Republican parties lost/missed opportunity to govern. During the Republican primaries, it was clear, that the United States historically, as a middle-right country-on fiscial policy, and middle-left-on social issues, that Mr. Huntsman, was the only Republican primary canidate who had the political experience, temperment, and over all intelligence to govern. Based upon pure objective reason, and without compromising true core principles, if the far right [red meaters] would, or, could have put their purity test aside [I.e., no compromise; and anything that the President is for, we must be against], the Republican party were in a clear position to win the recent Presidential referrendum election. Instead, the Republican party [red meaters] hitched their collective wagon to the likes of Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bockman, and Herman Cain. Mr. Huntsman, had shown that he was able to cross party lines and work with and for members of the opposition party. This behavior [ablity to work with others] is what intelligent, reasoned people do in their everyday lives. Individuals understand that although one may have a highly regarded position, that ones position is not the ultimate or absolute; as another individual's opposing position may carry the same weight, which ultimately requires compromise to move off of center, in order to get something done. Until those in both political party take a more historical approach to goverance [take a history course], and understand that a true democracy is based upon compromise of positions, this great Republic will continue to suffer. Finally, this great nation is governed based upon citizen elections, and not military take over. Political elections have consequences, and reflect the will of the majority of the electorate. The losing party may not like the outcome, but, that is why elections, not military take overs, are held in this Country. Regardless of party affiliation, or none, the political prevailing party, is granted the right to govern, and within reason, enact those policies upon which elected.
Bob4683
Dec 26, 2012 11:21 PM CST
Huntsman as President would have unified our country. As Speaker, his success as a fiscal conservative while Governor would give him a more credible background than Boehner's. He could have articulated a compelling pitch to the American people and gotten support for a sensible solution without all the polarization.
loyalamerican
Dec 26, 2012 9:41 PM CST
Boehner is a career politian and doesn't care about the general public. All he does is intimidate his fellow men to resist change for the 1%ers.