Thomas Massie's first vote of the new Congress today was in the election for Speaker of the House. Who did he vote for? Justin Amash. He was the only one to vote for Amash. Even Amash didn't vote for Amash. And who won? John Boehner of course as everybody knew he would. So why vote for Amash? What did THAT accomplish? What did it prove?
Amash had no chance of winning. He only got Massie's one vote. John Boehner is our neighbor to the north. John Boehner makes committee assignments, controls which bills move up the agenda and will have a lot to say about whether we get the replacement bridge over the Ohio River.
But our new Congressman had to be different. He had to show his fawning fans who know nothing about how the real world of politics works that he isn't going to play by the rules. He stomped his child like foot, threw a little temper tantrum for the crowd and effectively screwed the people he is supposed to be representing.
He spit in the face of the speaker, was only one of handful of malcontents to act out and yet I will have to admit that he accomplished one long time dream of his.
He got to act like his hero, Ron Paul, and do something which will most certainly mean that he will never get anywhere, accomplish anything meaningful and forever be a part of the tiny 5% minority of complainers who can't see the world beyond the end of their nose.
This wasn't a bold move or a principled vote. It was just a rookie move. What an embarrassment for Kentucky.