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Ben Sasse Pitches Arthur Brooks for Speaker

Sasse wants the House to draft Arthur Brooks as the next speaker to replace John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an extraordinary flurry of tweets Sunday night, freshman Sen. Ben Sasse proposed drafting Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, as the next speaker of the House.  

The Constitution doesn't require a House member to be elected speaker, leaving people to dream up any number of scenarios like, hey, Donald Trump . But Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, appeared quite serious. He even bought the domain for DraftArthurBrooks.com, although the page is currently just a blank GoDaddy.com page. And, of course, Brooks would need 218 votes, something that is looking to be a tall order for just about anybody at this point with GOP infighting emboldening more candidates for speaker to take on Kevin McCarthy , R-Calif., long seen as the odds-on favorite to wield the gavel.  

(Roll Call profiled Brooks and his effort to forge a "new right"  in 2013.)  

Sasse also expressed distaste for the media coverage of the leadership fights.

"Media framing of Speaker’s race is reductionistic choice: small-ball Establishment vs wild-eyed Visigoths who want to burn govt to ground," a view that he called "junk."

Here's the full tweet-storm:  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650826302950236160  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650826633884991489  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650826975880155136  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650827706892877825  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650828493131943938  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650829021287047168  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650829591544643584  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650830118953218048  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650830507505135620  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650831302669676544  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650832212439359488  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650832797490221056  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650833886348349440  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650834204519829504  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650835524437995520  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650837326109675522  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650839376855855104  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650840436391612416  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650841212211953664  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650843035530473472  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650844547660976128  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650846027381997568  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650849236217561089  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650851026128388096  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650852107122151424  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650853227362058240  

https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/650853685442904064

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