(opinion Allen Edwards – Stuck In The Middle Radio Show)
As a centrist/moderate, I’m eager to share my candid perspective on the newly-elected Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson. From what I’ve gathered through conversations with fellow centrists and moderates, it appears that our sentiments align on this matter.
For those who might not be up to speed, Rep. Mike Johnson has secured the coveted position of the 56th Speaker of the House, following three unsuccessful attempts by the GOP. In a noteworthy departure from past ballots, every single Republican cast their vote in his favor, granting him a commanding 220 votes.
This hardliner, who garnered attention for his refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 election, clinched his party’s nomination during a tumultuous three-week battle for the speakership.
Now, let me elucidate my reservations regarding Mike Johnson:
- Staunch Trump Supporter: He has unabashedly championed Donald Trump, aligning himself closely with the former President’s policies and ideologies.
- 2020 Election Denier: Mike Johnson’s refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2020 election results raises concerns about his commitment to democratic principles.
- Anti-Abortion Advocate: His vocal stance against abortion rights underscores a fundamental disagreement with a significant segment of the population.
- Opposition to LGBTQ Rights: His objection to LGBTQ rights raises questions about his inclusivity and commitment to equality for all.
- Radical Christian Ideals: The speaker’s espousal of extreme Christian viewpoints may challenge the separation of church and state.
- Strong Lean to the Extreme Right: Johnson’s political leanings towards the far-right end of the spectrum may lead to ideological clashes within the House.
- Lack of Experience: A lack of substantial experience in this high-stakes role may undermine his effectiveness as Speaker.
Yet, it’s also important to highlight what I find commendable about Mike Johnson:
- Youthful Energy: His relatively young age brings fresh perspectives and energy to the position.
- Potential for Bipartisanship: Many House Democrats have expressed optimism about the possibility of collaborating with him, hinting at a willingness to bridge the political divide.
- Mild-Mannered Demeanor: Johnson’s mild-mannered approach could contribute to a more civil discourse within the House.
- Low Profile: He has managed to keep a low profile, avoiding any significant political baggage.
- Not Jim Jordan: The fact that he’s not Jim Jordan, a controversial figure within the GOP, could be a relief for some, including me.
As we move forward, only time will reveal how Speaker Johnson performs in his new role. His inexperience may pose a substantial challenge for his own party, as they may not have the patience required for him to grow into the position. My prediction is that, when it comes to making critical decisions, particularly when cooperating with Democrats, the GOP members with strong ideologies may oppose him. Let’s wait and watch to see if my assessment proves accurate.