Rudderless Republicans Already In Disarray

Now try getting out of the tree.

The other day when we pointed everyone to The Republican Road Rules, we did not know that there was a secret addendumb (see what I did there?), but Punchbowl News learned about it (weird formats is theirs):

The first test of the Speaker Kevin McCarthy era will come tonight as House Republicans try to pass their rules package for the 118th Congress. It should get through, but after last week’s excruciating fiasco on the floor, House Republicans can’t take anything for granted. McCarthy will begin to find out if his seven-year struggle to get the job was worth it, especially after all the deals he cut to get there.

The rules package was at the center of McCarthy’s fight for the speakership. The 55-page document lays out the GOP priorities for the next two years and the procedures Republicans will use to run the chamber.

And here’s the scoop:

However, there’s also a secret three-page addendum that McCarthy and his allies hashed out during several days of grueling negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus. This pact includes the most controversial concessions McCarthy made in order to become speaker – three seats on the Rules Committee for conservatives, freezing spending at FY2022 levels, a debt-ceiling strategy, coveted committee assignments and more.

Some of that was previously reported, but strategy is unusual to include in rules. I’m betting that never gets into the official record.

As of now, only two Republicans have publicly signaled they may vote against the rules package: Reps. Tony Gonzales (Texas) and Nancy Mace (S.C.).

Among their complaints is that McCarthy gave up too much to conservatives to get the speakership. Moderates feel like they need to stand up to GOP leadership’s catering to conservatives now or else they’ll get steamrolled for the next two years.

Moderates also point to the fact that three of the first 12 bills that the House will vote on are designed to tighten abortion restrictions. All three were put on the floor schedule without consultation from the middle of the Republican Conference. The annual March for Life is on Jan. 20, the first since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

So K-Mac is already capitulating to the fetus-fondling Gawd botherers who last Congress were saying that abortion was a states rights issue, but you know, want a national ban.

We learn next what K-Mac gave away to the balanced budget buffoons:

Furthermore, there are potential cuts to defense spending as part of the deal with McCarthy’s opponents, which rankles hawks. And social programs will get slashed by an ever bigger margin, maybe $100 billion or more. Vulnerable Republicans will have to vote for these cuts knowing they won’t go anywhere in the Senate.

The GOP leadership’s argument is that the rules package needs to pass so Congress can begin working. Without it, committees can’t get organized and thousands of committee staffers could miss a paycheck.

This is a tightrope walk. As with everything in this Congress, McCarthy, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise and House Majority Whip Tom Emmercan only afford to lose four votes if they want to pass this package.

It would be so cool if the Rules got thrown out. There’s something in there to worry every constituency block of the Rudderless Republicans.

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3 Responses to Rudderless Republicans Already In Disarray

  1. gruaud says:

    Moderates in the Republican party are playing the part of Victor Frankenstein’s wife, and many are realizing, far too late, the fate that is ultimately in store for them.

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    • tengrain says:

      If one sits at a table full of Nazis, you have a table with more Nazis.

      I don’t feel sorry for them in the slightest, but I hope that they have the spine to blow this thing up. They have the numbers to roust the Q-Caucus out of power, but will they do it?

      Rgds,

      TG

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