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another modest proposal

January 5, 2023

In 1729, the legendary satirist Jonathan Swift wrote and published A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthern to their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick. “A young healthy child well nursed,” he reasoned, “is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasse or ragout.”

We’re in extra innings in D.C. as I write this. The U.S. House has started a tenth attempt to elect a Speaker in an agonizing fiasco that even has Fox News aghast. There are many ways this could play out, so, before the GOPers start boiling and/or fricasseeing the republic, allow me to offer a more modest, less cannibalistic proposal: Larry Hogan.

Hogan, a moderate Republican, is governour of Maryland. He presents on the news shows as a pragmatist, a problem solver. If he couldn’t get enough votes from his party alone, a bipartisan coalition could get him across the line. Kevin McCarthy, long an empty suit, has to be stopped. He’s already promised so much to so many that he’ll burn to a crisp, not a hearty ragout, as soon as Nancy hands him the gavel.

It doesn’t have to be Hogan. There are other accomplished, reasonable Repubs out there. Mitt Romney comes to mind. John McCain would be at the top of my list, but, you know.

  1. John Bozich permalink
    January 5, 2023 4:27 pm

    John Kasich, (R-OH) is a mother I see in your “grouping”. Liz Cheney, of whom I thought I’d never find any common ground, has shown that in spite of probably being more truly conservative than any of the current GOP holdouts- she would lead on democratic principles even if I did not care for most policy options….love ya’ , AP. Keep thinking and churning out the words…


    • January 6, 2023 11:57 am

      Right you are, JB. Kasich would be a good choice. I hadn’t thought of Liz Cheney. She might be a tad strident, but she has certainly earned our gratitude. It now looks like McCarthy might prevail, despite many pundits saying “no way!” yesterday. At least it’s all more orderly than two years ago today.

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