Y’all may have been bitterly disappointed that the “ray of hope” I offered you on the House speaker mess has still not led to a speaker of any kind, much less the kind we need — the kind who still possesses all his (or her) marbles. Or at least, one who had some marbles at some point in the past.
Why is this failing to happen? Because the yahoos who completely unnecessarily created this crisis are still bat-excrement crazy.
But now, one of our own is riding to the rescue:
Fine. I’ll be the next speaker of the house.
— Bryan Caskey (@BryanCaskey) October 25, 2023
Sure you might read that and say, Aw, Bryan’s just being a wise guy again!
But consider: He posted that at 10:22 this morning, and hasn’t retracted it yet! Give him a few more minutes, and his combined availability and viability will have lasted longer than that of any previous candidate.
And yes, he’s viable. Y’all know he’s a legit, Old School kind of conservative, only one with a sense of humor. And he’s also legit in the sense that you don’t have to be a member of the House to be speaker.
Also, he’s got this rare-but-wonderful qualification: You can tell he doesn’t really want the job. That makes him ideal in my book. I don’t think we’ve seen an opportunity like that since James Garfield in 1880.
Garfield went to the 1880 Republican convention to nominate someone else. And when the ballots dragged on, and people started nominating him as an alternative, he fought it for all he was worth. That, of course, made him such an appealing candidate that the delegates ended up nominating him unanimously.
OK, so Bryan’s not that perfect, since he’s willing. But let’s forgive him that, and see if we can get some momentum going for him. (It might take a bit of effort. After several hours, he’s only received three “likes” on his offer. Ahem…)
Because, you know, we’re long past holding our breaths for “perfect.” Sanity would be a tremendous blessing at this point.
And I think Bryan can settle down and deliver on that, if we give him a chance.
I mean really — what are our alternatives right now?