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January 04, 2023

McCarthy Loses A 5th Vote (And Now A 6th) For Speaker: How Long Will He Drag This Out?

McCarthy ain't the guy. It's pretty clear that even if he wins he will be hobbled by the lack of consensus and the surprising amount of push-back against his speakership. He (and McConnell) blew a huge opportunity in the 2022 midterm elections, and just for that he should be sent packing. Add his cozy connections to K Street and the oceans of lobbyist money and we arrive at a GOPe apparatchik who will simply manage our descent into 3rd World status.

Dump him, and choose someone with at least some intestinal fortitude and a political philosophy that doesn't hinge on his own bank accounts and connections.

Lauren Boebert: Trump Needs to Tell Kevin McCarthy to Bow Out of Speaker Race

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should tell House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to withdraw his bid for speaker.

"Let's stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president call us and tell us we need to knock this off. I think this actually needs to be reversed. The president needs to call Kevin McCarthy that, 'Sir, you do not have the votes and it's time to withdraw.'"

Boebert has her own agenda, and too much of this sort of stuff is posturing for the future. But who is the best choice? No guesses here, but I wish that Trump hadn't entered into the fray. McCarthy will take his support (if that is worth anything) but never be loyal to Trump or Trumpism, so what's the point?

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