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Sunday, November 27, 2022

According to one high-profile member of the Republican House Freedom Caucus, current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is getting ahead of himself by blanketing the conservative news outlets and boasting about what he plans to do when he is voted House speaker in January.

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Mas palomitas de maiz, por favor!

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-11-27 06:01 AM | Reply

A blow to invertebrates everywhere.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2022-11-27 09:31 AM | Reply

Let's hope it's a long, drawn out fight that keeps them distracted for months...

#3 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-11-27 10:57 AM | Reply

I think this is just a bargaining move on the part of the Insurrection Caucus and McCarthy will get the votes. If McCarthy doesn't then I don't think the GOP has a member who would and the GOP majority will on the whole fail their first test of leadership. I doubt the party would unite behind someone further right than McCarthy. The more vulnerable members are going to be looking at the failure of the MAGAT platform in the recent election and recognize that allowing the Insurrectionists to drag the House GOP further to the extremes is not a winning strategy.

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-11-27 12:25 PM | Reply

I'm getting way ahead of myself here but let's say for a minute that the scenario above plays out and McCarthy fails to secure the Speaker position. That opens up an opportunity for Dems. A majority is required to win the Speakership role. Let's assume the Dems seat count remains at 213. IF (and that is a huge improbably IF) Dems could unanimously unite behind a Speaker candidate it would only take 5 GOP votes to secure victory. That dem backed candidate doesn't have to be a Dem or even a House member for that matter. Technically they wouldn't even need vote for the candidate. If they could get 10 GOP members to skip the vote/vote "present" it would lower the threshold to 213 and victory would come solely from Dem votes.

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-11-27 01:03 PM | Reply

I suspect big donors who want the trump tax cuts made permanent are going to come to McCarthy's aid wil unlimited resources to buy the votes he needs. I don't like the idea but I think it is the most realistic prediction. Republicans have one constant principle; i.e. they are always for sale to the highest bidder and the big donors don't give a crap about this country, they vale tax cuts for themsekves over anr other issue. George W. Bush is a stupid man but even he knew that.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2022-11-27 03:36 PM | Reply

Those in the GOP House caucus will make "Lord of the Flies" look like a comic book in the coming month. Being a blank slate with a blank stare, McCarthy will promise the world to many to get the job. When his promises start to break, oh, about 15 minutes into his role as speaker, his head will roll, thanks to the fourth grade delegation, lead by the many who are in Congress but belong in detention ...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2022-11-27 03:42 PM | Reply

if not mccarthy, then who? does anyone else actually want the job? is anyone else even willing to do the job?

#8 | Posted by bus_driver at 2022-11-27 08:16 PM | Reply

does anyone else actually want the job?

MTG would sell her children to Ghislaine Maxwell for it.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-27 08:29 PM | Reply

They are trying to set Trump up as Speaker of the House... while he runs for Pres.

(that's my story and I'm slicking to it)

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2022-11-27 09:14 PM | Reply

They are trying to set Trump up as Speaker of the House..

I don't think he qualifies.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-27 09:20 PM | Reply

"I don't think he qualifies."

How so? You don't have to be a member of the House to be the Speaker.

It would be a calamitous choice, obviously, but a legal, albeit untraditional one.

#12 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2022-11-28 12:13 PM | Reply

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