Kevin McCarthy is the latest Republican leader to find it impossible to anticipate the Republican Party’s relentless march to the far right.
The Californian lost an astonishing number of votes in the House roll call to become Speaker for the 11th straight time in the House, but he was the first to endorse former President Donald Trump after the January 6, 2021 riots. became a major Republican leader in
But on Friday’s anniversary, two years after the worst attack on American democracy in modern times, even that gamble that would purportedly improve his career would be Trump’s successor on the chaotic Republican wing. found insufficient to unvote.
McCarthy is becoming the latest example of a political leader consumed by a radical-backed choreographer to make America great again. For a radical lawmaker who is blocking his promotion to his dream job, he has become the political system he once condemned.
Republicans won control of the House of Representatives through democratic means in free and fair elections. But a much smaller majority than they expected is giving more leverage to pro-Trump extremists that many voters seemed to reject in last year’s midterm elections.
But even Trump himself, author of the election denial scam that led to the riots and once able to move Republicans to the House with a single phone call, could not rally the MAGA fundamentalists in the House for McCarthy. I didn’t. What he didn’t do is the former president’s diminishing influence after his limping launch of his 2024 White House candidacy and disastrous midterm campaign for the candidate he chose. The wildest expression of Trumpism may indicate that we no longer need Trump himself.
Two years ago, many House Republicans refused to prove President Joe Biden’s election victory in 2020, and many spent years trying to appease Trump’s lawless behavior. But after pushing democracy to the brink, Republicans control half of the Capitol.
In another surreal scene in The Hills this week, one Republican, Georgia Rep. Said she would have “won,” but complains about some of her extremism. A colleague who opposed McCarthy.
“It’s not serious. I don’t think it’s leadership and I think it’s more hindrance than progress,” she told CNN’s Manu Raju on Thursday.
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But even after the attacks on the US Capitol, the right-wing media machine and a still-angry voter base mean there is a strong political incentive for the former president’s image buster politicians.
Rep. Lauren Boubert of Colorado and Rep. Matt Gates of Florida are two masterminds in the fight to stop McCarthy. The stalemate in the Presidency is no new sign of the turmoil that still plagues the Republican Party after the far-right ousted his two former Republican Party presidents. It suggests that the new Republican House majority will always be dysfunctional, and given the ability of a minority of members to suspend the House at any moment, a chaotic political crisis could rule the next two years. Highly sexual
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Trump may no longer be in the White House, but the circus-style politics he built on the grounds of rebellion within the Republican Party has revived and reunited Washington. As an indication of how bad things are, the impasse over the Speaker has even prevented Republicans from properly coming to power, given the inability of lawmakers to be sworn in before the Speaker is elected.
Far-right Republicans thwarted McCarthy’s dream of becoming president with multiple humiliating roll call votes. The confrontation is rooted in the same extremist ideological leanings of Republican politics as Trumpism. Trumpism has the means again in Washington as the Republican Party holds some of the power.
The circumstances that have inspired and empowered a small group of right-wing political opportunists are possible only because of the poisoned legacy of the former president. McCarthy can only lose his four Republican votes in his bid for the presidency, and a small Republican majority gives the extremists a great deal of leverage.
But this narrow gap also puts the majority in a precarious position on the bills that need to be passed, such as funding the government or raising the debt ceiling, but the former president’s constant false allegations is a direct result of voter marginalization by 2020 voter fraud and a party that failed to deliver the “red wave” that many Republicans had predicted.
Voters who were hesitant to hand over free power to the Republicans and who hoped for a period of calm by gaining a House majority that would have worked for McCarthy were left with the instability they seem to despise. I inadvertently created a scenario that produced a
McCarthy has made several concessions to the rebels and risks crippling the presidency if he wins. But by the time he suffered more defeats in Thursday afternoon’s roll call vote, it was clear America was watching one of the greatest political farce.
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Not all of the ultraconservatives thwarting McCarthy have outlandish demands. Some, for example, call for more thorough debate, a return to normal order in the committee, and greater authority for individual members. But even if McCarthy could deal with this faction, he still has trouble with the more extreme bloc of lawmakers.
According to Boebert, although McCarthy repeatedly garnered about 200 votes from his conventions, while his various radical opponents received only about 20 votes, the country remained a democratic movement. Ever since the Democrats backed their own leader, Hakeem Jeffries, he has consistently won more votes than McCarthy, but fell short of 218 votes).
“This is not chaos. This is a functioning constitutional republic. She is correct that the chaos unfolding on the floor is based on rules and procedures, which Trump sought to disrupt in his efforts to overturn the certification of the 2020 Electoral College votes. It is the most basic element of governance.
But her claims are based on the reality of the rebels’ actions. Many other Republicans complain that it’s not clear exactly what concessions the group around Gates, who vowed never to support McCarthy, actually wants.
“This ends one of two ways.
In other words, the most extreme hardliners only accept candidates who share an uncompromising and nihilistic form of government that makes governance virtually impossible.
In many ways, these demands are the culmination of dissident, rebel forces first unleashed decades ago by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Republican Revolution. They were also the origin of the anti-Washington Tea Party movement of the 2000s. As president, Trump has since effectively worked to bring down government agency and accountability from within, ousting many of the ruling Republicans.
McCarthy negotiators focused on bargaining with hardliners for more concessions late Thursday. , did not believe he could create a political base that would promote stable governance.
Still, McCarthy’s ally, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, told CNN he’s confident the deal could pave the way to a resolution to the impasse soon.
Fitzpatrick said, “You’ll see your fever go down a bit over the next 24 hours.
But the problem is, people have been saying that about the Republican Party for years. And it keeps getting more and more extreme.