I purposely didn’t name a favored candidate in the leadership elections that the House Republican caucus is holding today, because I simply haven’t spent enough time around each of them to form a solid opinion. I know some things about some of them, but preferred to make only broad comments about the races.
All that said, strictly on the merits of the speeches today by the nominees for speaker of the house, I would say the caucus got it right in choosing David Ralston.
The members ranked them just the way I would have based on their remarks: Ralston, then Larry O’Neal and Bill Hembree. All three spoke about the policy issues ahead and the need to get the party’s internal affairs (no pun intended) in order. I can only say that Ralston was most convincing.
On another note, Glenn Richardson’s appearance in the chamber and his speech came as a surprise. His farewell speech was, in a lot of ways, tough to watch.
Regardless of his own role in his personal and political destruction —