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January 04, 2023

The Vote For House Speaker: All We Can Hope For Is Casualties On Both Sides!


There have now been three votes without a winner, and Kevin McCarthy doesn't seem to be making up any ground. 20 Republican representatives voted against him, and so far the future Mrs. Luntz has been unable to chip away at their resolve. Whether that changes is a matter for the sleazy back rooms of the Capitol, but if McCarthy wins we will be getting more of the same nonsense that has defined the GOP for years...blather and posturing and arrant nonsense disguised as real political philosophy.

Here is McCarthy in a recent interview, sounding more like a high school football coach than a man who wants to guide the GOP legislative efforts for the next two years.

McCarthy: 'The Very First Day, the First Thing We're Going to Do Is Repeal the 87,000 IRS Agents'

“Then, on the very first day, the first thing we’re going to do is repeal the 87,000 IRS agents,” McCarthy continued. “Another reason why the Democrats are mad at me, I think – government should be here to help you, not to go after you, then we’re going to secure our border. You’ve got to secure this border, the millions of people coming across, the fentanyl that’s killing our children. We need to work on our economy. That means making us energy-independent. We need to hold this government accountable. Where’s the origin of COVID began? Find out what this Biden family had done in the process. Make sure the FBI is not going after Americans but actually going after crime. We’ve got so much work behind us, and we need to start on the very first day.”

Sounds great...I guess. Just one little problem; there is no way he can "defund" the IRS because the funding was in the omnibus bill that he voted for. Okay...two problems; the House has no power to "secure the border." Well, three problems; exactly what process will he use to make America energy independent again? And the rest of it is typical "WE WILL INVESTIGATE!"

It's just a garden-variety politician spouting talking points in the hope that somebody will believe his bullshit. We have had enough of that crap, and while I don't know what is going to happen today (the House reconvenes at noon), if McCarthy cared at all about America he would withdraw from the race for Speaker of The House, because he clearly has no mandate, nor will he be able to be a unifying force in the upcoming session.

And let us never forget his complicity in the shit-show that was the 2022 Midterms. He failed spectacularly, and for that he should be relegated to the backbench...forever.

A cursory look at the politicians who are supporting McCarthy finds a Who's-Who of GOPe-friendly, lobbyist-supported machine politicians. And that's no surprise. Unless (or until) the young firebrands who have ridden Trump's coattails into power grow their ranks and remain enemies of traditional politics, nothing will change.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump has announced his support for McCarthy, which is in direct opposition to the most conservative members of the House who are among the 20 who voted against McCarthy's speakership. I understand that he wants to be seen as a unifying force within the Republican party, but nothing he can do will change the GOPe policy of virulent anti-Trumpism.They will take his support and then stab him in the back the first chance they get!

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