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Trib: How about Speaker Simpson

To become House Speaker John Boehner's successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will make the kind of deal with Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador and the House Freedom Caucus no speaker should. He'll grant concessions to a minority group of Republicans disproportionate to its numbers. It could mean endless rounds of government shutdowns to force the Senate and the White House to defund Planned Parenthood. Or Obamacare. Or President Obama's immigration executive orders. Or even continued funding of the Patriot Act. If nothing else, expect to see more gridlock from an institution that deserves the single-digit job approval rating it now has. It comes down to math/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson would make a good Speaker of the House?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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