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12-21-2014, 07:21 AM
Rep. Justin Amash imagined as House minority leader if Congress split

By Andrew Krietz
on December 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If a polarized Congress managed to split into four separate parties, at least one political observer sees U.S. Rep. Justin Amash as one of our nation's top leaders.

Last week's $1.1 trillion "cromnibus" spending bill made for some interesting bedfellows when the final vote was tallied in both the U.S. House and Senate: liberal Democrats aligned with conservative Republicans in voicing displeasure, and the establishment wings of each party favored the package.

If there were any genuine signs of a polarized Congress, this might be it. ABC News' Rick Klein goes further, writing, "... it’s now clear that there’s no single Democratic Party any more than there’s been a single Republican Party."

He adds that one must now consider four individual parties in the Senate, including the establishment ends and those "more in touch with the vocal grassroots."

The Washington Post reporter Philip Bump considers the other end of Congress, tasking Amash, R-Cascade Township, as House minority leader of an imagined "Conservative Party." Amash's cohort in the Senate would be none other than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as its minority leader.

Republicans still would hold a majority, with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holding their current titles.

Amash one day wishes to climb up the ranks like this visualization materializes, though not exactly.


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