January 29, 2023

WARNING: Kevin McCarthy threatens House Republicans with this dire result if they don’t make him Speaker

WARNING: Kevin McCarthy threatens House Republicans with this dire result if they don't make him Speaker

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Still struggling to get enough votes to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to “persuade” (you might say) intransigent Republicans with fear — something he specializes in.


“This is very fragile…” McCarthy declared on Newsmax, “…we’re the only stopgap for this Biden administration, and if we don’t do this right, the Democrats can take the majority. If we play games on the floor, the Democrats can end up picking who the speaker is.”

Translation: You better pick me! I’m the only thing that can save you from the dreaded DEM-O-CRATS!

Oh, the horror!

The Red Trickle left the Republicans with only a narrow majority in the House. McCarthy’s threshold for victory could be lowered a bit after the death of Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA) and through abstentions or “present” votes, but he can’t really afford to lose anyone.

And right now there are at least five Republicans who have publicly declared that they’re solid nays against him.

And so Kevin wants Republicans of the World to Unite! Here’s how he seems to see things:

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Andy Biggs, who ran against McCarthy for the nomination, says he thinks there are really more like twenty GOPers who won’t support him. If that’s the case, the California congressman may be dead in the water.

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They object to McCarthy for various reasons: his perceived weakness on slashing spending, his unwillingness to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (though he’s called for his resignation), and (possibly) his sniveling weasel personality (though, he probably only ranks about 98th in the Republican Party for that).

Also, he’s seen as a water carrier for Donald Trump, whose history of losing has alienated many. (SO MUCH LOSING!)

And so McCarthy is trying to unite the party under a banner of fear. He’s stoked fears about the border, transgender freedoms, and pretty much anything Joe Biden might do.

He and his supporters have also promised a whole slew of investigations into everything from border crossings to Hunter Biden to whether Chuck Schumer took a shit that day (OK, I made that last one up – but who knows!).

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Kevin, the Democrats don’t like you, the Republicans don’t like you, the country doesn’t like you, and probably your own family doesn’t even like you.

Now go whine in a corner somewhere and leave the rest of us alone.

Undoubtedly, Kevin won’t like Ross too much either. But you can – on Twitter! Show him some love there as he goes after the GOP! @RossRosenfeld

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.

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