Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cleaning House

It appears that Eric Cantor of Virginia (pictured above) will challenge Roy Blunt for the Republican Whip role in the US House. Jeb Hensarling, TX (pictured below) will likely try to snag the deputy whip position. Will anyone step forward to challenge John Boehner of Ohio for the Minority Leader job? There are a number of very good candidates for the role and, while Boehner is not bad, Republicans need a clean sweep and new, youthful faces. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (below right) would be an excellent choice for a leadership job although I could see Cantor and Hensarling going for Boehner's spot as well. Jeff Flake, Mike Pence, John Shadegg... there are many good, solid Reagan Republicans in the House.

Over in the Senate both Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn have called for new leadership but neither have actually called for Mitch McConnell to step aside. Yet. If Mitch decides to give up leadership, which I doubt he would do, I expect Jon Kyl to advance to the job as Senate Minority Leader.
Let the re-tooling begin and let the men and women with solid economic Conservative views lead the Republican caucus on Capitol Hill.
UPDATE: Politico reporting that Blunt will step down and Cantor will likely win the whip job.