Foster Friess, the former Chads Ford resident, Brandywine Fund investment manager and conservative Christian contributor who (with Richard Mellon Scaife) helped elect Rick Santorum as a Pennsylvania U.S. Senator and later failed to oust Joe Biden before he could become Vice President, has joined the chorus endorsing U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives, in hope of healing, if not America, at least the Republican Party.

McCarthy is a "conciliatory, persuasive" communicator, Friess opines. He says McCarthy is the type more likely to "reallocate" federal funds to women's clinics that don't do abortions, instead of merely "defunding" Planned Parenthood. Which doesn't mean he's soft on GOP issues: "Conservatives like him for his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee and National Rifle Assocaition." McCarthy also enjoys cred for voting "against the two big bank bailouts and the auto bailout."

In sum, writes Friess, "we all need to support his efforts to bring Tea Party and Establishment wings of Republicans together" and even to embrace any like-minded Democrats.