“15th Time Is The Charm” said no one, ever. But we now have a Speaker of the House. Take it away, Tiger Beat!
Even for career-long observers of Congress, Friday night on the House floor was a sight to behold.
The chamber descended into chaos when two lawmakers nearly came to fisticuffs — the frustration of four long days of failing to elect a speaker boiling over. And that was just part of the drama.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) lunged at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and had to be pulled away by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). It happened after Gaetz blocked Kevin McCarthy from clinching the final vote to be elected speaker in the fourteenth round of voting — and after the rabble rouser signaled he was ready to back down and let everyone finally go home.
And we now go to the scene of the fight:
and the gentleman continues to talk about his friend from Alabama:
There are pictures from C-SPAN, and all I can tell you is that Mr. Rogers is a red faced man with Baptist hair in a poor-fitting suit. There’s a close up of someone restraining him and they literally have their hand on his snout. During a pandemic!
So that happened.
We do not (yet) know what K-Mac gave up to become Speaker, it was late and mostly behind closed doors (literal and figurative) and the media is still probably putting it all together. That said we believe that K-Mac agreed to:
- give any one member can bring a motion to vacate the chair
- give the Q-Caucus three seats on the House Rules Committee
- put forward a budget that will balance itself over the next 10 years
Anyway, after the booze and fistfights, K-Mac took his oaf of office and gave the oaf of office to the other oafs and so we now hav a 118th Congress, dysfunctional as it might be. They will reconvene Monday afternoon to do little things like adopt the rules package that will govern the House for the next 2 years, and that’s when we will know what the bargaining chips were, for sure.
We give last word t0 K-Mac (who is not very good at his job):
“I’ll be honest,” he said, “it’s not how I had it planned.”
Funny. It looked like the future of K-Mac’s days as Speaker.
UPDATE 1: Scissorhead Bruce the Desert Rat in comments elsewhere raises a common theme:
Matt Gaetz walking away with Qevin’s
headballs above. Qevin’s the “Speaker” but the insane clown representative posse are the ones with their hands up his ass moving his mouth.
The next two years are gonna be a shitshow insane clown bumfight with the occasional nuclear hand grenade tossed in. We’re fucked in the dark, aren’t we.
Shit it was feeling kinda nice looking forward to retiring in a few years. Oh well.
At least my rickety old house is paid for, so I have a roof to keep over my head as the world economy goes to shit because of the likes of Gaetz and Boobert and Margie Three Toes deciding that the United States should be like Trump and go bankrupt. FREEEDUMMM!
Works for their orange god, why not the country?
To which I reply (probably naively, but that’s the way I roll):
K-Mac might have made promises about the budget, but any spending bill still has to get past a Democratic-controlled Senate and White House. There are loads of Democratic votes in the House available for reasonable budget proposals.
K-Mac could go to Hakeem Jeffries and say, “I will put forward a bill that raises the debt limit if you Dems agree to NOT support a motion to vacate, should the MAGA move to vacate in response.”
What MAGA negotiated, whether they know it or not, is that the Democrats will very likely have as much (if not more) power in the clinch moments.
What I think we are witnessing is the awkward birth of a parliamentary system. If anyone thinks a third party is a good idea, that’s essentially what the Q-Caucus is giving us.