All good Scissorheads knew that K-Mac would have an uphill battle yesterday, but nothing could have prepared us for the euphoria to watch him flail through it. That was delightful, wasn’t it?!
Anyway, the Republican members who voted for someone other than McCarthy are:
- Andy Biggs (AZ)
- Dan Bishop (NC)
- Lauren Boebert (CO)
- Josh Brecheen (OK)
- Andrew Clyde (GA)
- Eli Crane (AZ)
- Michael Cloud (TX)
- Byron Donalds (FL) —Donalds was the one who switched his vote from McCarthy to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in Round 3.
- Matt Gaetz (FL)
- Bob Good (VA)
- Paul Gosar (AZ)
- Andy Harris (MD)
- Mary Miller (IL)
- Ralph Norman (SC)
- Andy Ogles (TN)
- Anna Paulina Luna (FL)
- Scott Perry (PA)
- Matt Rosendale (MT)
- Chip Roy (TX)
- Keith Self (TX)
If those names look familiar it might be because most of ‘em were in the news for The Big Lie. So in many ways we can assume that they answer to The Big Liar, right?
And speaking of the Big Liar, Lord Damp Nut took to his struggling boutique platform and farted out “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!”
And yeah, our Very Stable Jenius did say that the Republicans’ problems in the House are the fault of the Republican leader in the Senate.
So the point being is that even Hair Füror cannot get his dopes, mopes, toadies and minions to fall in line.
Of course, this is very humiliating for K-Mac, and so for some comfort, we look back to recent Republican Speakers:
- Noot: Resigned in a sex scandal (Hi Calli!) and left Congress
DavidBob Livingston: Resigned in a sex scandal just after Noot; technically he never was sworn in. [Ed. Note, we regret the error. David Livingston was a high school friend, and as far as I know never involved in a sex scandal at the Capitol.]
- The Bugman: Delay was removed on corruption charges, went to prison, became a Born Again (of course)
- Dennis Hastert: Resigned and later went to prison for pedophile sex abuse back when he was a wrestling coach
- John Boehner: Resigned and left Congress
- Paul Ryan: Resigned and left Congress
OK, maybe not all that comforting. But K-Mac would fit in on that list very nicely.
Tiger Beat morning email thingie:
The House is now paralyzed, unable to swear in its members or form committees or adopt rules — let alone pass legislation. And the scary realization for the GOP rank and file is that there’s no easy way out of this mess and no sign that one is going to appear anytime soon.
Fact is, while this fight is over KEVIN McCARTHY, it’s about way more than Kevin McCarthy. Disagreement over governing tactics started brewing when JOHN BOEHNER was speaker and only escalated after PAUL RYANsucceeded him. DONALD TRUMP’s election to the White House papered over those differences for a time and delayed a climactic showdown between the conservative hardliners eager to make fundamental change in Washington and the party leaders who see anarchy in their demands.
That showdown is now here, and after an overnight recess, it will continue on the House floor at noon today. But will anything change?
Anyway, the state of play is that K-Mac tried and failed three times to get over the line, they adjourned and will try again at noon Eastern time.
UPDATE 1: Vote 4
The vote totals for the fourth round:
Hakeem Jeffries – 212
Kevin McCarthy – 201
Byron Donalds – 20
Other – 0
Present – 1 – K-Mac actually lost another vote when Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) voted “present,”
It’s also worth noting that Hair Füror’s ringing endorsement of K-Mac had no effect on votes.
Hilariously, K-Mac and his team is unable to pass an adjournment resolution.
UPDATE: here’s round #5
Once again, K-Mac didn’t move even one vote in his direction. He’s really bad at his job.
UPDATE 6: Same old verse, a little bit louder and a little bit worse: On the sixth overall ballot, K-Mac got 201 votes, well ahead of Republican Byron Donalds (Fla.), who got 20 votes. Republican Victoria Spartz (Ind.), on Wednesday voted “present” for the third time after voting for McCarthy during Tuesday’s ballots.
UPDATE 7: Holy Hell, they are coming back at 8PM Eastern. They still have some kicking to do.
UPDATE 8: Phew, the motion to adjourn passed by a scant 2 votes. K-Mac lives to be KICKED IN THE OOMPA-LOOMPAS AGAIN TOMORROW!