Music blaring in House gym "Another one bites the dust" as some of my GOP colleagues exercise. I suggested they consider another song.
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) October 9, 2015
I suggest that they put it on auto play and loop it all day.
“I could be potentially a candidate,” Issa responded. “But at the same time, I agree with the vast majority of members, I think, that we need a Paul Ryan or somebody who is A. experienced, B. has been a committee chairman or something other than just up through the leadership ranks.” (Livewire)
–Darrell Issa (R-Grand Theft Auto)
The insanity continues as idiot
savant Kevin McCarthy drops out of the race to be Speaker of the House.
Next up: Jason Chaffetz?
The Wingnuttian War On Wingnuts is taking an interesting turn, as the Pride of Utah and failed would-be secret agent Jason Chaffetz throws his hat into the ring to be the next Speaker of the House.
“There are very few people who can win the support of our hardcore conservatives and yet be palatable to our more moderate members. The question is who can help unite the party and bridge the divide and I hope they see me as the person that will give everyone a fair shake…
“We need a speaker who speaks. We lose the communication war time and time again, and I think the conference wants a proactive communicator.”
The reported front runner, Kevin McCarthy, earlier this week admitted on the electric teevee machine that the benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI!!1! hearings were a sham and a delusion cooked up to bring scandal to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. While many have panned that performance, some of us think it was a tactical move on McCarthy’s part, directed to the rabid nuts in the house to show them that he is one of them.Chaffetz is going to have to up the ante over the next month to prove he’s both more conservative and more likely to burn down the house. Let’s see what nutjobery he throws down, and in the meanwhile…
The Morning Douche, Morning Joe was trying to speculate if would-be Speaker McCarthy hurt his chances to ascend by admitting that the benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI!!1! hearings were a sham and a witch hunt:
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that bragging about the special Benghazi committee’s political victories was a “rookie mistake” that may damage House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) bid for the speakership.
“This comes right as he moves to take over,” Scarborough said of the putative next House speaker on “Morning Joe.” “Well, what a rookie mistake.”
Um, Joe? This was a clear signal to the nutty base that he is one of them. He bragged that one of the Republican successes was getting this committee going and the damage it did to Clinton. This was red meat and it was deliberate.
JoScar doesn’t know whis own party any longer if he things that this was damaging to their brand. Rat-f***ing is their brand.
(And again, full disclosure: I knew the late Ambassador Stevens; we went to high school together and hung out in the same circles.)
So what happened, you ask? Well, let’s just say someone found ol’ Jud’s phone and his spank bank was emailed to some of his colleagues.
So losing one’s phone is now Republican shorthand for sending dick pix? Yes.
Hey guys, one of the likely candidates to move up the ladder—now that the very orange Boehner has resigned—is the very white Steve Scalise, you know, that guy who used to address David Duke’s rallies.
WASHINGTON — In January, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was damaged goods. He was struggling to distance himself from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke after revelations that he spoke at a 2002 gathering hosted by a white supremacist group. It was not the image the GOP wanted to project heading into a presidential election.
Now, just 10 months later, Scalise may instead take on an even bigger role in the party and become majority leader, helping shape the direction and policies of House Republicans.
We’ve been saying for a while that what we are watching when we watch the GOP is essentially dinosaurs fighting each other for dominance and they don’t know that they are going extinct.
The rise of the Modern Confederacy and the subsequent purging of anyone on the right who is not conservative enough is wiping out their ranks. At the same time the nation’s demographics are changing against them, they are running out of angry white men.
So while I admit I have some schadenfreude watching Weepy get gored by his caucus (same as I had watching Iago get gored in 2014), I’m also worried about all the damage they are doing. Our infrastructure is in critical condition, our voting rights are endangered, our progressive tax base is being destroyed, all of these things will take time to fix.
I thought it was going to take a long time to undo all the wrongs of Chimpy’s Reign of Error, but when you add to the bill all of the regressive actions of Y’all Qaeda, it will take even longer.
But make no mistake: we are watching a political party die right now. It’s fascinating.
UPDATE 1: Read Booman. Spot-on, as always.
UPDATE 2: No More Mister Nice Blog has something to say about it, too.
UPDATE 3: What Digby Said.
One last comment: I was watching Scissorhead Bluegal last night dealing with a Lefty Purity Troll who says it’s Bernie or he’s not voting. Having been young once I understand that reaction (hey, I voted for Nader). Bluegal said the perfect thing and I think it will be my mantra:
I'm voting for Bernie. And in the general I will vote for whoever Bernie is voting for. Eliz Warren, too. https://t.co/rMEdgMHvEn
— Blue Gal/Fran (@bluegal) September 27, 2015
Last night I was joking around with Scissorhead Fran who suggested a caption contest for this pic. This was my suggestion, but I had no idea how accurate it was going to be.
And so now we have no more Weepy McDrunky to kick around, Agent Orange is now Orange Crush and so on. While it is true that he was as incompetent as they come, he also inherited the most disgraceful caucus probably in the history of The House.
The next few days should be interesting.