Republican without a spine, K-Mac is in trouble, and no amount of red Starburst candies are going to bribe his way forward.
If the Republicans take the House K-Mac cannot be elected to the Speakership without the hysterically-named Freedom Caucus, and they are being coached by Pravda’s American Politics Correspondent, Tucker Carlson.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie:
McCARTHY’S LAST HURDLE — When JOHN BOEHNER suddenly retired in 2015, members of the House Freedom Caucus showed up at speaker-in-waiting KEVIN McCARTHY’s office with a list of demands: In exchange for their support, they wanted McCarthy to name one of their own to a senior leadership position and embrace rules changes that empowered conservatives…
…Yet seven years later, McCarthy once again finds his dream held hostage by the same group of hardliners. Thanks to the GOP’s lackluster midterm performance, he is seeking to preside over what appears likely to be an extremely thin majority — a scenario that hands massive leverage to the far right…
…If he continues to hold out, they said, a candidate could emerge to challenge him at next week’s House Republican leadership elections. That person would not be a serious rival for the speaker’s gavel but rather, as group member Rep. BOB GOOD (R-Va.) told us, “a show of force to demonstrate that he doesn’t have the 218 votes.”
“We know there are a number of members who feel as we do, that Kevin McCarthy has not earned the right to lead, has not earned our vote,” Good said.
In the meantime, the group of rabble-rousers is asking for next week’s leadership elections to be delayed. “The rules of the game should be known before we select a captain,” Perry said. “We don’t know what the majority is or who is in the majority. … It seems appropriate that we have a family conversation prior to voting.”
Gotti Family Conversation.
K-Mac is really bad at his job, and this will be a fun one to watch. We’re not saying that he is incapable of contorting himself to accommodate everyone. We’re just saying that his job performance is not likely to improve.