Politico/Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning gossip email thingie starts off the week with the news of a rare sighting of the local fauna Orange-nosed Ass-Kisser. Yes, K-Mac was spotted in his natural habitat: trapped between a rock head and a dumb place:
MCCARTHY’S LATEST TRUMP CONUNDRUM — Just days after making nice with DONALD TRUMP by leading the ouster of Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) from his leadership ranks, House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHYthis week will once again find himself in a tough spot via-a-vis the former president.
One of his close allies and a member of his whip team, Rep. JOHN KATKO (R-N.Y.), struck a deal with Democrats on a 9/11-type commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot — and it’s set to come to the floor this week. That means McCarthy will once again have to choose between one of his members and Trump, who — let’s face it — will be none too pleased with any sort of independent commission investigating his actions.
We made some calls about this Sunday night, and here’s what you need to know going into the week:
— McCarthy appeared to diss the deal on Friday, telling reporters he hadn’t seen the details and doubling down on his belief that any commission should also probe violence that occurred amid racial tensions last summer. But multiple sources tell us that Katko was asked by McCarthy to negotiate with Democrats and was in touch with the leader’s office about what he wanted. They also said Katko got almost everything McCarthy asked for.
…I think Kevin was hoping that the Democrats would never agree to our requests — that way the commission would be partisan and we can all vote no and say it’s a sham operation,” said one senior House Republican aide. “Because he knows Trump is going to lose his mind” over this commission.
The betting windows are open, have your Quatloos ready!
- Will K-Mac very publicly break with Katko and try to kill this commission to climb back in favor with the Tangerine Terrorist?
- Will it pass the House, anyway?
- Will the Senate Republicans kill the commission?
- If so will it be Ayatollah Ted or Proud Boi Lite Josh Hawley who will take credit for it?
Jeebus, K-Mac is really bad at his job. No matter what he does, Hair Füror is gonna blame him that this thing passed the House, and praise the Senate for killing it, though he will NOT praise amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell.