The Case for Arnold Schwarzenegger Being Speaker of the House

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With the U.S. House of Representatives still without a speaker after three weeks—and with no end in sight to the drama—The New Abnormal co-host Andy Levy has someone in mind.

“There’s nothing in the rules that says the speaker has to be a member of Congress. And that’s why we’ve been hearing Donald Trump’s name floated,” Levy explains.

“I think I have the right pick. I think it should be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because he has experience being a kindergarten cop.”

Levy adds Schwarzenegger is perfect for the role because it’s like “trying to keep a bunch of kindergarten kids in line and letting them know when it’s nap time and when they have to drink their milk and whatever.”

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Then, Kurt Bardella, a former Republican-turned-Democratic strategist and Los Angeles Times contributor, tries to make sense of the speakership shambles.

“When you have a party that absolutely stands for nothing, when you have a party that has abandoned really any policy, legislative, substantive element to their core and instead replaced it with a cult of personality, this is the inevitable outcome.”

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