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Now What? McCarthy Backs Out As Candidate For Speaker…GOP In Utter Chaos

Ever have one of those days when nothing–absolutely nothing–goes the least bit right? Then you now know how the GOP leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives feels at this moment.

California Republican Kevin McCarty had been current Speaker of the House John Boehner’s pick to replace him, but McCarthy sent GOP chins scraping the floor when he announced he would no longer be a candidate for the Speaker’s chair. In a statement, McCarthy said:

“Over the last week it has become clear to me that our conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader. I have always put this conference ahead of myself. Therefore I am withdrawing my candidacy for speaker of the House. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to help move our conference’s agenda and our country forward.”

The election for Speaker has now been postponed until further notice, House Republican Conference spokesman Nate Hodson said.

Yikes! Kinda makes you glad you’re not a Republican, but for most of us, there are millions of other reasons that we have never joined that side of the political aisle.

And this stunning revelation from McCarthy also calls into question whether or not the GOP can even hope to govern in any real manner. Granted, they weren’t doing much of that as it was, but now they are in complete turmoil and I have to admit it’s fun to watch them scramble for cover and try to figure out what happens now.

McCarthy, you no doubt recall, virtually sealed his fate when he made comments regarding the House Select Committee on Benghazi during an appearance on Fox News, telling fellow douchebag Sean Hannity:

“I knew you’d want to ask it. What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker that takes a conservative Congress that puts a strategy (in place) to fight and win.And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s un-trustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.”

But the Benghazi committee is not the least bit political. Right. Go sell that on the other side of town ’cause we ain’t buying it over here in Rationalworld.

So what will the Republicans do now? Other names that had been mentioned prior to today include Paul Ryan, who has already said he has no interest, and Jason Chaffetz, who got humiliated by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards during a hearing on the women’s health care agency.

I guess the GOP will just have to find the biggest asshat they can think of and prop him or her up as the alternative to McCarthy. Too bad Ted Cruz isn’t in the House; he’d fit the bill perfectly. But then again, who in their right mind wants that unstable, braying jackass to be third in line to the White House?

Good luck, GOPers. We wish you nothing but continued failure. After all, it’s your calling card.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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