Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse spoke to Glenn Beck Wednesday about Sasse's idea to make Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute, the next Speaker of the House.
"There’s nothing in the Constitution that requires you to have a Speaker who is an elected member of Congress," Sasse said. "And I don’t think anybody is a better storyteller about the meaning of America right now than Arthur Brooks. I said, why wouldn’t the House consider him?"
SEN. BEN SASSE: When I read the US Constitution, the first position that’s referenced is Speaker of the House. It’s the most democratic body because it’s closest to the people, and every 24 months you have to get reelected or tossed out.
The people can fire the politicians because the people are in charge and the politicians are supposed to work for us. And it’s a good thing that the people have the power to fire us. And that Speaker of the House should be a voice, not just for one party, but a representation of the will of the American people in our Madisonian, separation of powers system.
So I would love to see a conversation in DC be about something bigger than who is caucused with whom and what professional issue people have been fighting about last week.
So it seems to me, if you want to think about the direction of the country, which the people in Nebraska and beyond do, if you want to think about the direction of conservatism. If you want to think about the challenges we face five and ten and 15 years in the future, we should think, who is a happy warrior? Who knows how to celebrate earned success? Who knows how to talk about fighting for people, not just against bad programs? How do we cut through, you know, a lazy media portrayal that the fight is between ostensibly a number of obsessed Republicans versus genuinely compassionate Democrats. That’s not the right way to frame the problem.
And the guy that kept coming to my mind as I was watching Sunday Night Football is Arthur Brooks, the head of AEI. And so I think that the House Republicans should think about going outside the box.
There’s nothing in the Constitution that requires you to have a Speaker who is an elected member of Congress. And I don’t think anybody is a better storyteller about the meaning of America right now than Arthur Brooks. I said, why wouldn’t the House consider him?
GLENN BECK: Arthur Brooks is on the phone. Arthur responded, quote, normally I trust Ben Sasse’s ideas, but is America ready for a bald Speaker?
So tell me, how do you take this? Do you take this seriously?
ARTHUR BROOKS: Well, look, I mean, it’s clear that Ben is drinking too much beer when he watches Sunday night football...
Look, Ben, I’ll tell you what Mrs. Brooks said. I took it to her on Sunday night. I said, “What do you think, honey?” And she said, “Well, as you know, as Catholics, we don’t believe in divorce.”