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McCarthy Pledges GOP Will Read Constitution Aloud In The House – Gets Reminded Of Jan. 6

Even though it remains unclear that he will even be the next Speaker of the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is already making promises about what he and his Republican colleagues will do when they become the majority party.

On Thursday, McCarthy made an announcement on Twitter.

“On the very first day of the new Republican-led Congress, we will read every single word of the Constitution aloud from the floor of the House—something that hasn’t been done in years.”

In other words, the GOP will continue to be all about theatrics and nothing else. They have no solutions to the problems facing Americans and nothing but talking points when it comes to any domestic or foreign policy issues.

It will also be interesting to see if House Republicans read the entire Constitution, including the amendments. If they do, they’ll find this tucked away Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

January 6, 2021 was an insurrection which included a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. And yet nearly every member of the GOP caucus has made endless excuses for ex-president Donald Trump’s role in that horrific day.

Some Republican members of Congress have also expressed their support for what transpired on Jan. 6, yet the Constitution clearly states they should not be allowed to serve.

As you would expect, Twitter couldn’t wait to remind McCarthy about the treasonous actions and words of his fellow Republicans.

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Speaker Of The House Jim Jordan? Here’s How It Could Happen

For months now, the conventional political wisdom has suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds the inside track to be the next Speaker of the House if and when Republicans won the House in the midterm elections.

With the election decided and the GOP holding a slim majority in the House, efforts have begun to secure the votes McCarthy needs to ascend to the highest office in Congress.

But it now looks like McCarthy may not have the support he needs to be Speaker, which leaves open the possibility that a more hardline conservative could garner the votes needed to be Speaker of the House, Aaron Blake notes in an article he wrote for The Washington Post.

So far, four House Republicans have said or suggested they’re not supporting McCarthy. And the likeliest 2022 election outcome is that House Republicans will end up with 221 or 222 votes in the chamber, giving McCarthy around a three- or four-vote cushion in the speaker vote. (You need a majority to be elected speaker.)

Where things go from here largely depends not only on these Republicans’ commitment to opposing McCarthy — which is a valid question, given the pervasive posturing in politics — but also how they would register that discontent.

According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), McCarthy will never be Speaker.

Speaking with former White House adviser Steve Bannon on his podcast, Gaetz explained the reason for his certainty that McCarthy doesn’t have the votes he needs.

“Five members which include myself, Andy Biggs, Bob Good, Matt Rosendale and now most recently Ralph Norman have all come out and said that our no vote on McCarthy is firm. It was not just a no vote within the Republican conference. It is a no vote we intend to carry to the floor.

“Republicans are expected to hold a four-seat majority. So five of us saying publicly we have no intention of voting for McCarthy; we are firm in our opposition to him, well, that ought to trigger a realization among Republicans that we need a consensus candidate.”

So who might that “consensus” candidate be? The name that keeps coming up is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who appeals to the extreme right-wing of House Republicans and might just be able to cobble together enough votes for a majority if McCarthy is left in the lurch.

Jordan, it should be noted, would be a nightmare as Speaker, eager to try and settle scores with anyone he disagrees with politically. He’d also fast track efforts to impeach President Joe Biden and insist that Republicans investigate many others in the Biden administration. He’d tie raising the debt ceiling to cuts in Medicare and Social Security and endanger U.S. national security in any number of ways.

In other words, if Jim Jordan becomes Speaker of the House, American democracy will once again be threatened from within.

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Adam Schiff Emasculates Kevin McCarthy: ‘He’ll Do What Marjorie Taylor Greene Wants Him To Do’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — who will probably be the next Speaker of the House — said Sunday that he plans to remove Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee.

During an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy remarked:

“Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector. Why would we ever give him a security clearance in the secrets to America? So I will not allow him to be on Intel. You have Adam Schiff, who had lied to the American public time and again. We will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either.”

But rather than whine about McCarthy’s threat, Schiff calmly told Jonathan Karl of ABC News that the would-be Speaker won’t be running things even though he may carry the title of Speaker of the House.

“Well, I suspect he will do whatever Marjorie Taylor Greene wants him to do. He is a very weak leader of his conference, meaning that he will adhere to the wishes of the lowest common denominator. And if that lowest common denominator wants to remove people from committees, that’s what they’ll do.

“It’s going to be chaos with the Republican leadership and sadly, the kind of the crazy caucus has grown among the Republicans. Many Republicans who won primaries in deeply red districts are coming to Congress like the Marjorie Taylor Greenes and Paul Gosars and it’s a tragedy for the country.”

Schiff is right: The extremists will be in charge when Republicans take control of the House in January. Greene, Lauren Boebert, and other nutjobs are going to be calling the shots, with McCarthy allowing them to do whatever they want, no matter how absurd.

Thankfully, there’s another election just two years away, and we hand the House, Senate, and White House to the responsible party and truly make this country great.

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Lauren Boebert Gets Hit With Her Anti-LGBTQ Tweets After Saying She Mourns Shooting At CO Nightclub

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was reminded of her many hateful anti-LGBTQ tweets Sunday after she expressed sympathy for the victims of a mass shooting at the Club Q nightclub that left five dead and 18 injured.

“The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful. This morning the victims & their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly.”

Club Q, it should be noted, is a gay and lesbian club that has hosted drag shows. Such shows have been repeatedly attacked rhetorically by Boebert and other right-wing Republicans who have wrongly accused the LGBTQ community of “grooming” children for sexual purposes.

Boebert was quickly hit with reminders of the disgustingly bigoted things she’s posted on Twitter in the past about LGBTQ Americans.

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Adam Kinzinger Predicts Kevin McCarthy Won’t ‘Last Very Long’ As Speaker

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Sunday that even if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) does indeed become Speaker of the House in the next Congress, he won’t last very long because he’ll be hostage to the most extreme elements of the Republican caucus.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kinzinger was asked by host Jake Tapper what kind of Speaker he thought McCarthy would be, to which the Illinois Republican replied:

“If you had asked me five years ago, I would have said a pretty good one. Now, I think he has cut so many deals with bad people to get to this position that I think he’s not going to be a leader.”

Kinzinger then elaborated on his prediction:

“I think he’ll be completely hostage to kind of the extreme wings of the Republican Party. And I frankly don’t think he’s going to last very long, Maybe he’ll prove me wrong but it’s sad to see a man that I think had so much potential just totally sell himself. He’s the one that resurrected Donald Trump. The second he went to Mar-a-Lago a week or two after Jan. 6, he resurrected Donald Trump politically. So he owns everything that Trump says now.”

Indeed, McCarthy has sold what was left of his soul to the most extreme elements of the GOP, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who is expected to get assignment on a couple of the most powerful committees in Congress, Judiciary and Oversight.

Kevin McCarthy is about to find out that when you make a deal with the devil, your soul gets lost in the transaction. Provided that McCarthy had a soul in the first place.