Guys, tomorrow is the big day for K-Mac! And the reports are that there are between five and fifteen voters saying Nay. They sent a letter:
In a Sunday letter obtained by The Hill, Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) led seven other hardline Republican House members and members-elect in calling McCarthy’s responses to their pre-election demands “insufficient.”
…Besides Perry and Roy, the GOP lawmakers who signed the letter are Dan Bishop (N.C.), Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.) and Andy Harris (Md.).
GOP Reps.-elect Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.), Eli Crane (Ariz.) and Andy Ogles (Tenn.) also signed.
So even the people who have not been sworn in are sworn against him!
“The times call for radical departure from the status quo — not a continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures,” they wrote. “For someone with a 14-year presence in senior House Republican leadership, Mr. McCarthy bears squarely the burden to correct the dysfunction he now explicitly admits across that long tenure.”
How does one negotiate against that, especially if one is as untalented as K-Mac?
If K-Mac does not win on the first ballot, it will be the first time since 1923 when the election has gone to a second ballot. Yeah, K-Mac is bad at his job. Legendary, historically bad, in fact.
So the real bet is not IF K-mac will he win the gavel, the real bet is WHEN will he inevitably loses (when they vacate the chair when he inevitably pisses off the Freedom/Q-Anon Caucus), and who will get it next?
Here’s the Republican leadership, in descending order:
- Steve Scalise
- Gym Jordan
- Elise Stefanik
Yeah, one of them.
We’re in for some interesting times.
UPDATE: USA Today explains the mechanics of electing a speaker. It’s a ritual, dank and stupid, but it is worth understanding.