Who is Mike Johnson, the new speaker of the House?
A crash course on the Republican Louisiana legislator who is now third in line to the presidency.
If Joe goes down Kamala will have to get a new VP installed in record time, just to be safe.
One more reason for billy.pilgrim to despise him.... Johnson, the new speaker of the House, is a product of conservative evangelicalism and Deep South Republican political culture....
Johnson got a law degree at Louisiana State University
and spent nearly two decades working mostly for conservative legal groups who focused on issues of importance to religious conservatives....
Johnson argued in favor of a ban on same-sex marriage before the Louisiana Supreme Court and has continued to advocate for those views as a legislator.
In his inaugural podcast with his wife, Johnson referred to himself and those like him as “righteous,” as he quoted from Psalm 11: “If the foundations be destroyed, what will the righteous do?”
“That is not a rhetorical question anymore,” Johnson said. “It's something we have to ask ourselves and we have to answer.”
Election denial was the only qualification.... He faces skepticism due to his inexperience and his role in spreading lies about the 2020 election and his role in the attempt to throw out the votes of millions of Americans to keep former President Donald Trump in power.
“Apparently experience isn’t necessary for the speaker job,” Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, told reporters. “We’re down to folks who haven’t had leadership or chairmanship role, which means their administration of the House will be a new experience for them.”
That's the tragic and shameful state of the vision-less GQP.... Johnson was able to ascend to the speakership because “he has the fewest enemies,” said Rep. Ken Buck, a Colorado Republican, on CNN.
That will stick in his “righteous" craw.The reality was always that whoever was named the next speaker would have to negotiate with a Democratic Senate and a White House occupied by a Democratic president.
... Johnson has a honeymoon period now, but if he hopes to be a successful speaker, his collision with the demands of hardliners in his own party will soon be on the horizon.