Yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and now candidate for Speaker of the House, made an important announcement about the hearing he held last week on Planned Parenthood (See ShrinkRap, three posts on Oct. 1).
Chaffetz said that his investigation into Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds has not turned up any wrong-doing.
He emphasized that his hearing was specifically to look PP's use of federal money, and he still thinks that other aspects of Planned Parenthood's program should be further investigated for its activities.
So this is sorta good news. But damage has been done. Defunding has already happened in two states, and fights are underway in eight others to halt any government funding -- including the Medicaid payments for healthcare services rendered, which is almost all the government funds they receive.
"But here's something to consider . . . . It would be a pretty big transformation. Because Boehner 2.0 would be basically the Man of Steel and indestructible for almost 18 months.
"The cudgel wielded by the 'Freedom Caucus' and the broader House GOP right would disappear? Threaten to depose him? Right. . . .
"He would be indestructible. No one would have any real leverage over him. . . . .
"I'm pretty sure that won't happen. But if it did happen it would mean the Freedom Caucus antics would backfire on them spectacularly."
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This is the best idea anyone has come up with. It might even appeal to Boehner -- to remain Speaker, having neutralized the obstructionists. . . . Heck, maybe this has been Boehner's secret plan all along, like a Prime Minister who calls a snap election to realign his power.