Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, has proposed that former President George W. Bush should be appointed to the position of Speaker of the House.
This as as Republican legislators strive to restore order to the House of Representatives after nearly a month of disarray in the chamber, as The Daily Wire reported.
“He could come back,” Sherman told the “Forbes Newsroom” podcast. “Obviously, I’m not a real fan of how the Iraq War went, but I would think that any reasonable Republican would be somebody that Democrats could work with — if it was part of a system where you didn’t have five of the most extreme Republicans blocking important legislation and saying, ‘If you bring that to the floor for a vote, we’ll knock you out of your Speakership.'”
Sherman attacked several dysfunctional aspects of the House of Representatives, most notably the Republican side's removal of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) last month.
Since the historic removal, the chamber has been unable to vote on legislation such as pending fiscal year 2024 spending bills, preventing a government shutdown, and providing aid for Israel's conflict with Hamas.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was nominated by House Republicans last week, after two rounds of secret balloting, to become Speaker as early as Tuesday at noon, according to reports.
Friday, Jordan, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, earned the Republican nomination on his second attempt. He defeated Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) in a conference vote of 124 to 81. Republicans voted 152-55 in a second secret ballot questioning whether they would support Jordan in a vote on the House floor.
However, the legislator still confronts difficulty in securing the simple majority required to win a chamber-wide vote.
Sherman described Jordan as "among the worst speakers" for the House, but noted that it's excellent politics for the Democrats because former President Donald Trump backs the Ohio Republican.
Nonetheless, Sherman asserts that he would vote for Bush or Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), both of whom he refers to as "traditional" Republicans.
“It’s not the person, it’s the program,” Sherman said. “And if the program is to say that if a bill passes, the Senate will get an up or down vote on it in the House. And that would be more important to me than the personality.”
The House of Representatives does not require the speaker to be a member of the lower chamber, although elected officials have historically voted for one.
Two weeks after eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting to remove McCarthy, the House is expected to vote for a new speaker as early as Tuesday.
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is currently functioning as speaker pro tempore. McCarthy, members of the House Freedom Caucus, and Mike Rogers (R-AL), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, have all endorsed Jordan since he was nominated by GOP lawmakers last week.