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What did McCarthy have to give to become Speaker?

What did McCarthy have to give to become Speaker?

Kevin McCarthy was finally voted in as Speaker of the House, on the 15th try.  This was the first time in over 100 years that the election of the Speaker has taken more than one vote.

Some of the more conservative members of the Republican Party took advantage of the small 222 to 212 majority, where a mere six Republicans could prevent McCarthy from reaching the 218 votes needed to become speaker. Ultimate 20 Republicans voted against McCarthy before negotiations began.

Is this disloyalty? I’m sure McCarthy thought it was. But then again, Republicans are loyal to the Constitution not just to one of their leaders.  These are Republicans who follow the lead of Trump in being wary of the “swamp” and business as usual, and Kevin McCarthy could have easily fallen into that same rut.  But ultimately it was Trump who intervened in the negotiations to help out McCarthy

And of course, the liberal media is painting this as a major dysfunction and crisis in the Republican Party. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth, this is good for America, it shows that Republicans care about their agenda and are willing to take risks for it.

According to Newsmax, the following were the key points of negotiation.

No promise of chairs or gavels to anyone (in exchange for votes for him…)

  • Bills will go back through regular order.
  • Appointing a select committee by the speaker but housed under the judiciary to investigate the FBI and Department of Justice.
  • Bringing a congressional term-limits bill to the floor for a vote.
  • Ending the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Introduction of a fair-tax bill.
  • Introduction of a border bill.

The select committed for investigating the FBI and DOJ will have some impact, hopefully it will be covered as much in the media as the fiction offered by the Jan 6th committee.

I’m doubting that the bills that he is required to introduce will pass. After all the Democrats control the Senate, and there is no way to overcome a Biden veto. But at least they will be on the books.

One of the agreements was a bit ominous, though.

If McCarthy fails to live up to these promises, the rules also allow for any member to force a vote on a “motion to vacate the chair” – ousting him from the speaker’s chair – at any time. It would only take a handful of Republicans, along with all Democrats, to oust him.

It seems to me that any disgruntled Congressman, Republican or Democrat, could use this to disrupt Congress.  Under normal circumstances, I am all for disrupting Congress, since they seem to do more harm than good, and I suspect even the malicious use of the rule will not affect the country a great deal. It should be interesting.

So Congress experienced some turmoil in the short term. But I believe it pushed Congress in a Trumpian direction, certainly worth the few days of uncertainty.

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15 Comments

  1. Rick

    McCarthy is a California communist reject liberal masquerading as a conservative. He will be no better (unfortunately) than communist traitor reject liberal Nancy. I think he is part of the globalist cabal deep state that frank is not sure exists. I hope I’m wrong about him but the conservatives have done nothing to stop the insanity of the democrats that have sold out to globalism and the intentional destruction of the USA. The democrats could not do a better job of destroying our country if they planed it, which I’m pretty sure they did!

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    • mojo

      Change will only come from the American Patriots.

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  2. frank stetson

    Yes, Rick, the only proof I have of a global cabal is when Trump immediately shut up after talking trash about lowering our debt payments by edict: ie — defaulting. And maybe that was just a call from his handlers in China. Who knows, but it is the only time I can see him shutting up. He said it twice in 4 years.

    What exactly is wrong about globalism as long as you retain your sovereign rights? Just wondering what you are afraid of the world about?

    How did democrats destroy our country. Remember, inflation is global…….

    McCarthy is worse than Pelosi if for no other reason than he can not herd cats, and he has a lot of pussies on his team, well, his side, well Republicans.

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  3. 9mm

    I think this Mc carthy plug in is one heck of a bad bad screwup from untrue Repubs just todays line polititions. Line center looking both right or left for praise or money to lean their way

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  4. EMMA

    NOTHING COULD BE WORSE THEN ”PELOSI” WHO DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY.EVERY DEMOCRAT IS CORRUPT JUST LOOK AT THE SQUAD MEMBERS WHO SHOULD NEVER EVER BE IN OUR CONGRESS.
    GOP RINOS NEED TO BE REPLACED WITH GOOD YOUNG PATRIOTS, WHO ARE LIKE TRUMP, HONEST HAVE A STRONG BACK AND MIND. NOT LIKE THESE WEAK BACKSTABBERS LIKE Mc CONNEL. GET HIM OUT FAST.IF THEY STAY WITH TRUMP, THEY WILL SAVE OUR COUNTRY AFTER BIDENS MISERABLE TRAVESTY, PRETENDING, HE IS A PRESIDENT.

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  5. EUGEN

    THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE AGAINST BIDENS, AMNESTY FOR ALL THIS ILLEGALS HE INCORPORATED . WE ARE FED UP SUPPORTING THEM. MOST ARE CRIMINALS.TELL HARRIS AND BIDEN WE WANT LAW AND ORDER BACK , BOTH OF THEM VOTED ABOLISH THE POLICE. PELOSI WENT SO FAR AS TO KNEEL IN FRONT OF THE ‘BLM” SO DID SCHUMER AND THE REST OF THE WEAK AMERICA HATING DEMOCRATS.
    WE NEED A STRONG ,HONEST, LEADER, ONE THAT IS COMMITTED TO THIS COUNTRY.WHO IS NOT CORRUPT.
    WHY DO DEMOCRATS HATE TRUMP??? BECAUSE HE IS NOT A LOWLY POLITICIAN OUT TO FILL HIS POCKETS. LIKE BIDEN AND OBAMA.
    LET US NEVER FORGET ”’BENGHAZI”’ AND AFGHANISTAN…
    NEVER LET US FORGET THIS OPEN BORDER THAT BIDEN CREATED. PLUS ALL THE CRIME AND LOOTING UNDER UNFIT BIDEN AND HARRIS.

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  6. Tom

    I disagree with the statement, “I am all for disrupting Congress, since they seem to do more harm than good, and I suspect even the malicious use of the rule will not affect the country a great deal. ” Congress can not pass bills nor spend money when there is no Speaker of the House. That may initially seem like a good thing to the Trumpers, but their grandma’s will in a short while not get their SS checks, many on SNAP programs will not get their food, daily national security briefs will not happen, military does not get paid, nor veterans benefits, schools will not get federal funding, SCOTUS cases will stop due to lack of budget, because congress cannot appropriate and spend, and a shitload of other things critical to this nation functioning will not happen. So anyone who thinks disrupting a Speakership is not a big deal is either brain dead, or at least against many of their elderly, disabled, food impoverished, active and veteran military personnel, etc. And people who make statements like this are the poster children for the brain dead.

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    • Theodore

      It’s plain to see that you don’t have a clue about what you are saying. Without the Speaker of the House the country would continue on at idle instead of running hell-bent-for-leather down the tubes. Everyone would still get paid as the Speaker has nothing to do with that function. No new bills aimed at destroying the country should be considered a blessing at this time. We don’t need morons like you claiming to know things that they don’t have a clue about.

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  7. John

    I have seen pictures of photos showing McCarthy and his membership card in the WEF (World Economic Forum – One World Order). He should be confronted with this photo and asked if he is a member of the WEF. If he says “no,” he should be required to provide proof and more.

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  8. frank stetson

    We should ask the five to pay the entire House salaries for the four days they squandered.

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  9. Darren

    Well written Joe.
    Haters will hate.

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  10. frank stetson

    “But then again, Republicans are loyal to the Constitution not just to one of their leaders.” Or they are butt-fuck ugly obstructionists willing to burn it all down just to bay at the moon. A handful of people just said “we are just as important as the other 400 and able to grind it all to a halt to have our time on TV.” Majority rules my sweet billydoots, let’s kidnap the process, hold it hostage, and take our extorted pelf.

    “These are Republicans who follow the lead of Trump,” you said it all brother, and look where that get’s you. How many charged, how many in jail, ain’t no pardons now misguided Patriots.

    “But ultimately it was Trump who intervened in the negotiations to help out McCarthy” Did u forget the period on purpose, a unfinished thought perhaps? A Biden-like dribble? Trump got one vote, not exactly beloved anymore, get with the ticket Joe — Trump in rearview, Trumpism+ in focus now. DeSantis is the one. Got to move on Joe.

    “And of course, the liberal media is painting this as a major dysfunction and crisis in the Republican Party” as well as Republicans saying it. You know Joe, the real ones.

    Some of the rules are nice, even bipartisan, and that is most certainly not Trumpian, matter of fact, I am not sure you can say ANY of the rules are Trump’s, perhaps Trumpian, but the only rules Trump knows are the ones he accuses of being in his way. If they get the single vote of no confidence rule, the place will burn.

    “In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth, this is good for America, it shows that Republicans care about their agenda and are willing to take risks for it.” Your opinion, in this case, is unabashed turd polishing. Polish away Joe, rub real hard. It’s shinier now. It’s STILL a turd.

    Are you really trying to tell us Republicans care about their agenda when over 200 said NO over a dozen times to the Republican agenda? And a small handful, a statistically invalid slice of the Republican pie speaking for an even smaller piece of the American citizen pie, obstructed the entire process in order to get their concessions? Are you in the majority rules OR one man can rule it all camp? Never mind, you’re a Trumplicant. IF this is the case Joe, there will always be a small group willing, now encouraged, to stop everything until that small, insignificant, super minority gets their way. Textbook obstruction, by Joe’s own design and encouragement.

    No, I think there’s a better way with real professionals like Pelosi (incoming :<)

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  11. Renee Palmer

    mc Carthy is like a ping pong ball … he’s suppose to be a republican, and before you know
    it, he’s on the demo side !! well his” CONSESSION ” may help, BUT don’t count on it !!
    he spend’s too much time sending out UPDATES ! he need’s to get to the border ..
    and do it democratically bring republican and democrates, in equal number’s.
    this way ALL can get a feel of the real Truth, and see with their own eye’s what the Border
    Patrol go through since biden took office… then get Back to WORK !!

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  12. Sam

    Would you rather have nasty pussy back again? Then her husband could fake getting his ass whipped again

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  13. Sgt York

    I’m afraid he, Mc carthy may of given much of our America just to have that stinkin gavel to ease his political dreams of power of a top dog. He saw the wild acts of pug pelosi as his new invitation into the scammers club she ran.

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