Today Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) gossip thingie leads with some actual insight (all formatting is theirs, don’t ask me why):
POLITICO Playbook: Is McCarthy prepared for Trump’s wrath about the Jan. 6 committee?
THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ALL-AROUND TOUGH DAY for House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY — and to a large degree, it’s a self-inflicted predicament.The House’s Jan. 6 committee makes its debut this morning.
For the first time across dozens of high-profile Trump-related oversight hearings, Republican leadership and allies will have no voice on the panel. (It’s going to be weird for us Hill watchers who are used to Rep. JIM JORDAN (R-Ohio) lobbing procedural grenades into proceedings to start fights. More on that from Olivia Beavers …)
McCarthy’s rather abrupt decision last week to pull his members from the Jan. 6 committee means that Democrats — and their two GOP allies on this issue, LIZ CHENEY (Wyo.) and ADAM KINZINGER (Ill.) — will have free rein to set the narrative. (This is why several folks on McCarthy’s own leadership team thought that pulling out was a bad idea.)
— Meanwhile, McCarthy wants to focus attention on Speaker NANCY PELOSI’s unprecedented power move last week to block two Republican lawmakers from the Jan. 6 committee. House GOP leaders will have a press conference this morning before the hearing, no doubt looking to try and frame the day’s proceedings.
— But ask yourself this: Do you think McCarthy’s complaints about Pelosi will mollify DONALD TRUMP when he turns on his TV and sees no Republicans on the dais defending him?
It seems like a safe wager.
K-Mac is is getting out-played not just by Nancy Smash, but by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar and Louie Gohmert (four of the biggest morons in his caucus) who are going to try to distract from the commission by “demanding answers on the treatment of January 6th prisoners” outside the Justice Department.
K-Mac, as we’ve noted before, is a dope.