Beyond the spectacle and lunacy of the GOP voting to keep the Speaker’s gavel in Rep. John Boehner’s hands, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the resignation of Rep. Michael Grimm, only one day prior to the disappointing Speakership result.
Mr. Grimm’s resignation was long overdue. He was responsible for the demise of his political career and should pay the full price for breaking the law. Especially, considering the trust placed in him and his oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution three times, as a Marine, FBI agent and Congressman.
This resignation also exemplifies, yet again, the failure of GOP leadership and the RNC. Democrats were savvy enough to time their indictment beyond the deadline to change the name on this November’s ballot. Despite backfiring on the Democrats when Grimm was actually re-elected, [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] publicly challenged [mc_name name=”Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)” chamber=”house” mcid=”B000589″ ] to force Grimm’s resignation.
While Grimm is solely responsible for his actions, GOP leadership and the RNC are expected to protect and promote the Republican brand. It would have been far more honorable and effective for the GOP to strip Grimm of his committee assignments, which ironically included Monetary Policy & Trade and Oversight & Investigations, and find a less flawed candidate for a primary challenge. They certainly have no problem employing these tactics on conservative members and candidates.
It is hard not to look at this with great sadness. Between the fact that Mr. Grimm had no business even running for congress, the GOP’s lack of awareness or effective leadership dealing with it and the politically motivated timing of the indictments, you can’t help losing more faith in our politicians. Of course, “we the people” are responsible for putting them in their positions of power and influence. It does however beg the question, are the good people of NY-11th District too disengaged or unwilling to find, encourage and support better representatives? Alternatively, were they so partisan or disenchanted with the Democrat party, they would rather vote for someone with a 20-count indictment, including fraud and tax evasion? In either case, the future of our republic will be grim indeed, if we are not wiser and more serious about selecting those that govern us.