House members can elect even a nonmember of Congress as speaker. How about the most effective House Republican leader in history: Tom DeLay, known as “The Hammer” for maintaining party discipline and winning close votes?
In 2013 and again in 2014, DeLay’s politicized conviction on campaign finance violations was overturned, vindicating the former Lone Star State congressman. A resurrected DeLay, now 68, would electrify the Tea Party movement and terrify Democrats.
Or how about Mia Love of Utah, the first black Republican woman in Congress’ history? Born in Brooklyn of Haitian immigrants, the 39-year-old is a staunch Tea Party conservative committed to shrinking government and expanding economic opportunity.
Love as the face of the Republican Congress would be a nightmare for liberal Democrats who feed on portraying the GOP as a party of rich, white men.
But whoever replaces Boehner, it had better be someone of vision and aggressiveness. GOP supporters are sick of feeling betrayed.