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Congress GOP January 6

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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Congress GOP WTF?!

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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Biden Trolls GOP And Their Midterm ‘Red Wave’ During Pardoning Of Thanksgiving Turkeys

President Joe Biden was in rare form Monday during the annual White House ceremony to pardon two turkeys who would have otherwise been part of a Thanksgiving meal.

Mediaite reports that this year’s turkeys were named Chocolate and Chip.

After welcoming guests for the turkey pardon, Biden even managed to slip in a dig at Republicans who had been predicting a “red wave” in the midterm elections. Instead, the GOP narrowly won a majority in the House and is on the verge of being on the wrong end of a 51-seat Democratic Senate majority. That will be determined in a December 6 runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R).

“Before I gobble up too much time, the votes are in, they’ve been counted and verified, there’s no ballot stuffing, there’s no fowl play. The only red wave this season is gonna be if our German Shepherd, Commander, knocks over the cranberry sauce.”

After that was the formal pardoning of the two birds:

“Based on their temperament and commitment to being productive members of society, I hereby pardon Chocolate and Chip.”

The two lucky turkeys will spend their lives at a bird sanctuary.

 

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WATCH: Asked About Jan. 6, GOP Rep. Responds, ‘Can We Keep It About Hunter Biden?’

For two years now, congressional Republicans have said they wanted to focus on inflation and other economic items, and yet now that they’ve narrowly won control of the House, they’re making it clear their real goal is to launch one investigation after another as a way of harming President Joe Biden politically.

Take, for example, a press conference held Thursday by several GOP House members of the Judiciary and Oversight committees.

Reporters asked there would be any hearings on the fallout from the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol:

“Do you think the Jan. 6 insurrectionists have been wrongly imprisoned?” 

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is expected to be chairman of the Judiciary Committee, replied:

“I didn’t say anything! All I said is we’re going to look at the politics of the Justice Department based on the fact that we have had 14 different — actually more than 14 now — whistleblowers come talk to us.”

Rep. James Comer (R-KY) interjected:

“If we could keep it about Hunter Biden. This is kind of a big deal we think. If we can keep it about Hunter Biden that would be great.”

Another reporter asked about the future of the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, to which a testy Comer responded:

“I think that’s a question for Kevin McCarthy.”

The next two years in the House of Representatives are going to be a clown show on steroids. But that’s what happens when you put idiots in charge of anything.

 

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Donald Trump Elections GOP

Top Allies Abandon Trump As He Prepares To Announce 2024 Run For President

Later this evening, disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will be seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Trump’s pending bid for a second term in office comes as he’s on the defense on several fronts, CNN notes.

On the brink of a campaign launch that elicits both enthusiasm and dread from different corners of his own party, Trump’s quest to return to the Oval Office could face untold obstacles in the months to come, even with his loyal base firmly intact. He has spent the days since the midterm elections fending off criticism from fellow Republicans over his ill-fated involvement in key contests, furiously lashing out at two GOP heavyweights who could complicate his path to the White House if they mount their own presidential campaigns, and fretting that he or associates could soon be indicted by federal investigators in two separate Justice Department probes.

Also of concern to Trump is the fact that many of his most loyal allies appear to be backing away from him. For example:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “I think the majority of the conference would prefer that President Trump not announce his presidential run tonight.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): Gaetz had originally said he would be at Mar-a-Lago for Trump’s announcement, but is now claiming the weather will keep him away, but he will be there “in spirit.”

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY): “Who is the current leader of the Republican Party? Oh, I know who it is: Ron DeSantis.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD): South Dakota’s John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, had no qualms on Monday about declaring he wouldn’t endorse Trump in a contested primary. 

Rep. Kevin McCarthy: (R-CA): McCarthy “declined to comment” when asked about Trump’s expected announcement.

Wow! That’s some incredibly tepid reaction, and it suggests that Trump is now considered to be damaged goods who can only serve to hurt the GOP as they attempt to recover from a disastrous midterm election.

Donald Trump will never ever be president again. All that remains to be seen is whether or not he’ll abandon his 2024 White House bid when he’s indicted.