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October 04, 2023

Jim Jordan Announces Bid to Become Speaker

I guess he's okay, considering the other alternatives, which are few.

But can he even get the votes of the "moderates"?

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday that he is running for Speaker of the House just one day after Kevin McCarthy was ousted.

Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was asked by reporters if he is running for Speaker, as many GOP members have nominated him for the job, to which he said, "Yes."

McCarthy delivered a speech Tuesday night after being ousted as speaker, saying he will not be running for the position again.

Meanwhile, even Ed Morrissey is laughing at the Republican "moderates" who team up with Democrats in the (lol) "Problem Solver Caucus."

They expected their fellow Democrats in the (lol) "Problem Solver Caucus" to vote in favor of Kevin McCarthy -- to fulfill their side of the contract, to vote in favor of a "moderate" Republican to defeat the machinations of the "extremist" Republicans.

Instead, all of the (lol) "Problem Solver Caucus" Democrats voted unamimously with the "extremist" Republicans and against the "moderate" McCarthy.

In other words, the "moderate" Republicans on the (lol) "Problem Solver Caucus" got used and humiliated and betrayed by their Democrat "partners" yet again.

House Republicans partnered with Democrats to form the "Problem Solvers Caucus" (PSC) in January 2017, as a counter to the supposedly extreme-MAGA agenda of Donald Trump. For the most part, the Problem Solvers offered nothing much but cheap virtue-signaling by its members over the last six-plus years. The conceit played well in the competitive districts its members represented, but the caucus has never produced any successful legislation. It exists to fluff itself and to vaguely scold everyone else on the benefits of bipartisanship and defense of institutions.

And Democrats kept scolding on that point, right up until the point that every last PSC Democrat voted to oust a sitting Speaker for partisan purposes. Suddenly, the Republicans in the caucus are shocked, shocked -- no, wait, wrong analogy -- are surprised to find out that the scorpion they've carried on their backs acts like a scorpion:

[Quoting Axios:]

GOP members in the group are furious at their Democratic colleagues who voted to remove McCarthy. The Republicans say he was punished for "doing the right thing" after advancing a stopgap funding bill on a bipartisan basis.

Frustrated members said that Democrats in the group, which is aimed at finding bipartisan solutions, sparked chaos for political gain despite many Republicans in the group having faced primaries for crossing the aisle and taking difficult votes.

A draft letter obtained by Axios took aim at Democrats for siding with "Gaetz and a single digit number of chaos agents in the Republican Conference."

"It is unfortunate, for America and the institution of Congress, that Democrats in PSC chose not to risk the smallest amount of political capital or show the minimal courage necessary to merely vote against the Motion to Vacate. Instead, they voted for the chaos and now hope to benefit politically from it," the draft memo said.

Under other circumstances, this would be hilarious. What exactly did these geniuses think would happen, especially after six years of posing without a single substantive accomplishment? The PSC was nothing more than a PR move by savvy Democrats intended to split the Republican caucus, paint the rest of the GOP as "extreme MAGA" by comparison, and if possible slow down or stop progress on the GOP's agenda. During the Biden era, the PSC did little or nothing to restrain the sharp left turn taken by Joe Biden.

There are "Republicans" who are and always have been Democrats, and it's about time we cast them out.

BTW, I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about Matt Gaetz's scheme as some commenters are. I think at some point the chaos agenda becomes extremely counterproductive.

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