A New Hope in Warren Davidson: Thoughts, stategy, and recollection on retaking Capital Hill

With all the recent excitement there hasn’t been much time to congratulate Warren Davidson for winning the seat John Boehner left behind in Ohio’s 8th District.  Butler County Republicans did not support Davidson, so thankfully the district was big enough to not be swayed by the party bosses as the Troy native picked up enough votes north of Preble County to push him over the top in a race with double-digit challengers. I was a supporter of Davidson and he had the endorsement of Ann Becker of the Cincinnati Tea Party so he was our best hope for a congressional representative who would go to Washington D.C. and represent Tea Party type values, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.

I met Warren during the campaign and he was my clear pick over everyone else.  There were other people who were good, and decent, but they were missing that magic ingredient of a total package that Davidson had hovering over him.  It is my best hope that he will be able to retain that sincerity as he mixes into the Washington culture of deals and despots soon.  If it isn’t obvious by now, things are going to change after this 2016 election in every aspect of politics.  The Ted Cruz and Donald Trump supporters are insisting on it.  Establishment politicians are less afraid of Ted Cruz than they obviously are of Trump—but the writing is on the wall for them and hopefully Davidson is coming along as a freshman congressman just at the right time.

Anywhere that Bill Ayers is protesting you want to make sure that you are on the opposite side of him.  Ayers, the terrorist friend of Barack Obama was spotted at the Trump rally in Chicago helping to instigate terror throughout the ranks of middle-America with a show of leftist unity that has been nurtured in our education system against American terrorism.  George Soros has been funneling money to insurgents against Trump for reasons that should be obvious.  Trump represents a complete destruction of the political system that most politicians have grown used to supporting. If Trump can manage to stay afloat, his presence along will dominate Washington politics in ways that I have only dreamed of, and Warren Davidson will have the benefit of being a good person not yet corrupted thriving in the wake of that turmoil.  Now that the reality of a Trump candidacy is setting in, the bandits are clinging to desperation.  Soros also tossed money at John Kasich to keep his campaign alive to soak up delegates in an attempt to block Trump from the nomination.  His reason is obvious to all those who know the Soros history.  As an open border advocate, Trump will put an instant end to that practice and restore national sovereignty, which the Hungarian billionaire has spent the last three decades trying to destroy.  All the villains are out against Trump and all at the same time.  Most people would have long been destroyed—so the fact that Trump is still unfettered by all the attacks from both within and outside the Republican Party is quite something to behold.

John Boehner did put out a nice message to Davidson congratulating him on the victory of being the next to hold the seat of the former Speaker of the House.  Years ago I received an exclusive invite to meet with Boehner at a special event in Butler County—and the people who extended the invitation were to me very powerful people in their own right.  I couldn’t figure out why they treated Boehner as a celebrity the way they did.  My in-laws knew John Boehner when he was a bright-eyed boy about a decade younger than Warren Davidson is now—and they liked him a lot.  John Boehner was a hard-working nice boy who had small town charm and common sense.  We all thought that he was going to be something special when he became Speaker of the House—the third most powerful position in the world regarding government. But obviously all the years on the Hill changed Boehner and he wasn’t able to do as we hoped.  So I skipped the event much to the dismay of the invitees—I really didn’t feel like shaking his hand and breaking bread with him.  Just the other day Boehner proposed that at a brokered convention in Cleveland during the hot months of July that the party nominate Paul Ryan to the presidency ignoring Trump and Cruz after all the work and pledges to the party that had been made.  It was just a little shocking that Boehner tossed his opinion in the ring because it showed his real intentions.  Boehner had retired from Congress to do essentially one thing—and that was to become a lobbyist on K-Street a year after.  Trump and his methods of management threaten to make that world of lobbying a much less stable enterprise and for people like Boehner—who are counting on that revenue stream based on those who have come before him—people like Trent Lott—Trump is terrible news for them—because a lot of money gets wasted on K-Street that nobody knows anything about.  I never considered Boehner a celebrity or even somebody I’d want to breathe the same air near.  To me he was just another failed politician.

I had given Boehner two chances not to be a complete loser and he failed at both.  First was a time when I went to one of his town hall events to express the concerns I had for the 8th district.  This was back in 2010. I had prepared a Power Point exhibiting how K-Street needed to be reformed, our involvement in the United Nations scaled back, and how taxes needed to be lowered.  Boehner wasn’t there of course—he was too big of a celebrity by then to deal with constituents directly—so he sent underlings to handle things on his behalf.  I received a nice form letter from him a few weeks later thanking me for participating in the democratic process.  It looked like it was signed by him, but I wasn’t impressed—so I threw it away with the rest of our garbage that day.  A few years later after Obama had worked appointees during congressional recess acting in an illegal fashion I stopped by Boehner’s office with a very carefully worded letter pressing the Speaker to use his power to stop Obama from pushing around the Republican Party.  REVIEW THAT LETTER HERE.  On that I heard nothing from Boehner’s office and that was it for me.  I was ready to see the guy knocked off his perch and replaced with someone who really wanted to do the job of representing our district.

Area Republicans were much divided about Boehner.  The Tea Party types looked for ways to challenge him in a general election as party bosses schemed to keep Republicans aligned under the Speaker.  As Judy Shelton and many others yelled to those who could hear them—that the Tea Party would be destroyed within a year of 2014 they missed that across the county there were more eager young limited government types emerging in the House and Senate that were beginning to challenge Boehner’s leadership driving him to resign in October of 2015.  Republicans in the House were deeply divided, there were many who were trying to represent the Republic in the proper way while many old timers like Boehner were just trying to bide their time until they could become a lobbyist and make a lot of money moving bills around through Capitol Hill.  Unlike Judy Shelton’s Butler County dreams of holding the party together under the old system challenges continued to dominate the political scene and the Tea Party influence expanded.  The old guard had to yield and it did culminating with the resignation of John Boehner.  He figured that he could get out while the getting was good and he could make some serious money as a lobbyists for a decade or two—before reform really kicked in.  But Trump is threatening that entire system in a much shorter timeframe.  Boehner at this rate may not even get to achieve his dream.  So establishment Republicans are more than a little concerned—their gravy train appears to be leaving the station with each new Trump rally and it sincerely scares them.

Meanwhile Warren Davidson will have Boehner’s seat.  He’s a smart young considerate man and you can tell when you shake his hand that he’s politically pure—meaning his idealism is conducive to a constitutional republic.  He has not yet accepted the vile evil that Bill Ayers is protesting in favor of at Trump rallies or the open border policies of George Soros.  He has not yet taken money the way that Kasich did from the Hungarian financial terrorist so he doesn’t yet know the sting of standing up against those forces.  Everything in the 8th District of Ohio makes pretty much sense until you get into that Washington D.C. culture and they bend back your arms to make you play ball.  Hopefully, Davidson can hold up long enough to get a Tea Party president in the White House which looks to happen one way or another.  Trump is my kind of Tea Party candidate, Cruz is Ann’s—but both are hardly the type of people who will stand for politics as usual.  That’s why they are winning and the establishment guys are losing—badly.  In many ways Warren Davidson’s election was just in a nick of time.  I have high hopes for him.  But he will have to use all that West Point strategy and discipline to hold up over the next few years as the establishment transitions over into the kind of government that a new president will bring—with clear Tea Party values.  The writing is on the wall even if establishment politicians don’t want to see it.  Things are changing rapidly—and when it does—we’ll have a great guy holding a valuable seat in Washington D.C.  Thank goodness!

Rich Hoffman


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