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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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Jim Jordan’s 1,050-Page ‘Report’ On The DOJ Gets A Brutal Fact Check From The Washington Post

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee (led by Ohio’s Jim Jordan) told the media on Friday that they would be releasing a “1000-page report” documenting the alleged politicization of the Justice Department and FBI.

And yet, when the report came out and was examined by Philip Bump of The Washington Post, it soon became clear that Jordan had just dumped a massive nothing burger that was little more than attachments, letters, and other worthless information that has been public knowledge for months.

News broke early Friday: The Republican minority on the House Judiciary Committee was releasing a “1,000 Page Report” on alleged politicization of the FBI and the Justice Department. The length was mentioned in the group’s tweet and in its press release, reinforcing the heft that 1,000 pages of documentation would obviously convey.

There’s just one problem with this assertion: The report itself was less than 50 pages. Most of the rest of the document was letters sent by the minority members of the committee to various people. In fact, there were more than 1,000 pages of material that wasn’t the report itself, instead mostly those letters.

Included were pages with nothing but signatures on the letters: There were more than seven times as many pages that had nothing of substance on them except signatures than there were pages in the report.

Letters. Signatures. A 50-page missive that had been hyped as a giant tome that would blow the lid off the DOJ.

As Bump notes, the entire thing was laughable and suggests just how desperately Republicans are clutching at straws in the final days before next week’s midterm election.

Here’s a graph breaking down what was in the ballyhooed report:

Impressive, huh? A lot of fluff and not much actual content.

And a quick fact-check by The Post also put a serious dent in the report’s credibility.

This is an intentional tactic, of course. Conservative media outlets like the Daily Caller (“ ‘Rotted At Its Core’: House Judiciary GOP Releases Massive 1,000-Page Report On Alleged FBI Misconduct”) and Fox News (“House Republicans release 1,000-page report alleging politicization in the FBI, DOJ”) included the purported length of the document in their article headlines. The idea is that the Judiciary Republicans either have 1,000 pages of analysis to share with the country or, at least, 1,000 pages of evidence to bolster their claims. At most, they have about two dozen.

So what exactly did we learn Friday as a result of Jim Jordan’s pathetic bid for attention and relevance? That the GOP is running (yet again) on lies and misinformation. It’s all they have.

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Eric Swalwell Lays The Ultimate Twitter Burn On ‘Gym’ Jordan

Some people never learn, and that’s most certainly the case with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who seems to have a need to try and troll anyone he disagrees with, especially when an election is right around the corner.

That’s the case with a tweet Jordan sent which reads:

“Do you feel safe in cities controlled by the Left? Cities that defunded the police? Cities that ignore police staffing issues? No. No. No.”

That was simply more than Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) could take, so he fired back at Jordan with a reminder of his colleague’s ugly past.

“I feel safer than a wrestler in a locker room with you.”

For those who aren’t familiar with the checkered past of Congressman Jordan, a 2020 report from CNN explains:


Tito Vazquez says he still remembers the day three decades ago when, as a wrestler at Ohio State University, the doctor he’d gone to see about a bloody nose insisted on examining his genitals. He also recalls how one of his coaches dismissed his immediate complaint.

“‘I have nothing to do with this,’” Vazquez quoted the assistant coach saying, as he effectively ended the conversation and went on with wrestling practice.

That coach, Vazquez says, was Jim Jordan, now an Ohio congressman and an influential voice in Republican politics, perhaps best known for his pugnacious defense of President Donald Trump during the recent impeachment proceedings.

Vazquez is one of six former OSU wrestlers who told CNN in recent interviews that they were present when Jordan heard or responded to sexual misconduct complaints about team doctor Richard Strauss. Eight others say Strauss’ inappropriate behavior was an open secret in the athletic department and that Jordan, among others, must have known about it.

Others also took their turn reminding Jordan that he’s not exactly the right person to be criticizing others.

 

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WATCH: Jim Jordan Gets Nervous When Maria Bartiromo Urges Him To Impeach Merrick Garland

As eager as he usually seems when it comes to attacking everything President Joe Biden or his administration does, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seemed to get more than a bit nervous when urged to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

Bartiromo, host of “Sunday Morning Futures,” told Jordan:

“The first thing that Republicans should do when they take back Congress is impeach Merrick Garland. What are your plans for Merrick Garland?”

The Ohio Republican replied:

“Well, you, you — they’re right that we have to look real closely at the Justice Department. And I think we may have to do some major changes. There may need to be structural changes at the FBI. I mean, you may need — the Washington field office has way too much power. You may need to disperse power around.”

Jordan added that he believed disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been treated unfairly even though he lied to the FBI, which just so happens to be a felony:

“Because we know they went to set up Michael Flynn back in the early days of the Trump administration. So, maybe we need to deal with their funding.”

Set him up? He was asked questions and he gave untruthful responses. That’s a crime.

While he was at it, Jordan also suggested that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act shouldn’t be reauthorized because it was used to investigate possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

“And then there’s also the impeachment question which I think the committee will look at. That will be a decision for the entire conference under then-Speaker McCarthy.”

The radicals in the GOP (which is now the vast majority of the party) have said ever since Biden took office that they plan to try and impeach him if they win the midterm elections. It’s yet another reason they need to be soundly defeated at the ballot box and never again given power.

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Donald, Elon, And Kanye Get New Nicknames When A Tweet Comes Back To Bite Them

The Twitter account for the House Judiciary Republicans (which is controlled by Ohio Republican Jim Jordan), sent out a bizarre tweet Thursday evening that has set off a wave of online mockery.

Here’s the tweet:

Rapper Kanye West, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and Donald Trump. What do these three have in common? Well, they’re all insufferable assholes. They also lie more often than they tell the truth. Oh, and they’re all big fans of the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president.

Carlson has been in the news this week for his meeting with West, which CNN notes turned out to be surreal at times.

Kanye West has explained his thinking behind his decision to dress himself and several Black models in “White Lives Matter” shirts earlier this week.

West, who legally changed his name to “Ye,” told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he wore it because “it’s the obvious thing.”

“The answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is because they do,” West said during the interview that aired Thursday.

Reaction to Jordan’s tweet wasn’t what he had expected.