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.