Loose Lips Sink Ships (of State)

 

The dotard’s discourse has deadly consequences at home and abroad. pResident Biden has already caused thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of violent deaths in Ukraine, for starters. And the butcher’s bill will likely tally much higher over the next two years, and more if the self-serving RepubliCAN’T cohort, led by Mendacious McConnell and Misleading McCarthy, get their way. McConnell and McCarthy are salivating, to put it politely, over the pain abroad and at home. They are already measuring their imagined new offices for drapes and carpet, while rolling in donors’ dough. If we allow them to win, if we do not use the primary process to crush them, we will pay — from the pump, to the grocery store, to our liberty and our future prospects in the world.

No president in the entire history of confrontation between the nuclear superpowers, the Russian empire and the American republic, has ever spoken deliberately on microphone, let alone on camera, as has pResident Biden. Here are his words, from the official White House transcripts.

State of the Union 2022:

But let me be clear: Our forces are not engaged and will not engage in the conflict with Russian forces in Ukraine. Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine but to defend our NATO Allies in the event that Putin decides to keep moving west.

For that purpose, we have mobilized American ground forces, air squadrons, ship deployments to protect NATO countries, including Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

[ . . . ]

God bless you all. And may God protect our troops. Thank you. Go get ’em.

“Go get ’em.” You don’t go get ’em with a training exercise. You don’t “go get ’em” on the Ukrainian or Russian border. We know what “go get ’em” looks like. We’ve seen it from Baghdad to Zero Dark Thirty in Pakistan. We’ve even seen it with Russian “contractors” blown away in the Syrian desert.

Surely he and his handlers would right the ship of state with more careful words to elite American troops actually positioned in Poland, ready to jump into combat. Surely. Yet here is the official transcript from pResident Biden’s remarks to 82nd Airborne soldiers in Poland.

I spent a lot of time in Ukraine when I was a senator and Vice President.  I’ve spoken to the Rada in the days when they, in fact, didn’t have what you’d call a democracy, and was there in the Maidan when the former leader had to take off and head into Russia.

And — so, you know, with the Ukrainian people — Ukrainian people have a lot of backbone.  They have a lot of guts.  And I’m sure you’re observing it.  And I don’t mean just their military, which is — we’ve been training since back when they — Russia moved into the — in the southeast — southeast Ukraine — but also the average citizen.  Look at how they’re stepping up.  Look at how they’re stepping up.

And you’re going to see when you’re there.  And you — some — some of you have been there.  You’re going to see — you’re going to see women, young people standing — standing the middle of — in front of a damn tank, just saying, “I’m not leaving.  I’m holding my ground.”  They’re incredible.  But they take a lot of inspiration from us.

[ . . . ]

Let me say it again: the finest fighting force in the history of the world.

Part of the reason is you’ve had to fight so much for the last 20 years.  It’s for real.  There’s not many generations — you know, the Greatest Generation was my father’s generation, your grandparents’ generation — World War Two generation.  But nobody — no other generation has had to be in a battle, have your buddy blown up, wipe the blood off the HMMWV, and get back in and saddle up and go for another six months.

[ . . . ]

I was landing Bagram.  And I — there were six people who came up with the cargo, basically — was what I was flying.  And I said, “How many of you is this tour first tour of duty?”  Not one person raised their hand.  “Second tour?”  Not one person.  “Third tour of duty?”  Three.  “Fourth?”  One.  “Fifth one and sixth one?”  That’s never happened before.

So, this generation’s military is the greatest ever because it has become battle-tested over the past twenty years, and the 82nd Airborne is about to see the Ukrainian people’s will to resist up close and personal when the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division are “there.” “Go get ’em” now becomes when “you [soldiers of the elite 82nd Airborne Division] are there [in Ukraine].”

No American president since Woodrow Wilson threatened, let alone actually sent, American troops to fight Russian troops openly, face to face. We and they have always been very careful to preserve a diplomatic fiction, a political posture that Russian pilots flying MiGs were really civilian volunteer contractors. We both pretended that U.S. military experts in the use and tactics of Stinger missiles were not involved in the training and guidance of Afghan freedom fighters. Yup, CIA operators, straight out of college and Langley, had the expertise to effectively train and guide early engagements against live targets. Suuure. And those “little green men” in the Syrian desert? We and the Russian government were in complete agreement that they were not Soviet special operators, not at all. We all agreed when we pointed them out and we all agreed when we blotted them out. We did not complain to Moscow about Russian soldiers threatening our partners in Syria (with or without embedded American forces) and Moscow did not complain about us killing Russian military men.

Surely, after this second great blunder on camera, on March 25, 2022, the Biden handlers would double down on his meds and make his TelePrompter remarks even larger text, scrolling more slowly, with a three-second tape delay to “glitch” if something dangerous came out of the pResident’s lips. You would think so, we might all fervently hope, perhaps sincerely pray, but no. Let’s go to the official White House transcript from March 26, 2022.

Remarks by President Biden on the United Efforts of the Free World to Support the People of Ukraine
MARCH 26, 2022•SPEECHES AND REMARKS
The Royal Castle in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

6:16 P.M. CET

[ . . . ]

My message to the people of Ukraine is the message I delivered today to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, who I believe are here tonight: We stand with you.  Period.  (Applause.)

Today’s fighting in Kyiv and Mariupol and Kharkiv are the latest battle in a long struggle: Hungary, 1956; Poland, 1956 then again 1981; Czechoslovakia, 1968.

Soviet tanks crushed democratic uprisings, but the resistance continued until finally, in 1989, the Berlin Wall and all of the walls of Soviet domination — they fell.  They fell.  And the people prevailed.  (Applause.)

But the battle for democracy could not conclude and did not conclude with the end of the Cold War.

Over the last 30 years, the forces of autocracy have revived all across the globe.  Its hallmarks are familiar ones: contempt for the rule of law, contempt for democratic freedom, contempt for the truth itself.

Today, Russia has strangled democracy — has sought to do so elsewhere, not only in its homeland.  Under false claims of ethnic solidarity, it has invalidated [invaded] neighboring nations.

Putin has the gall to say he’s “de-Nazifying” Ukraine.  It’s a lie.  It’s just cynical.  He knows that.  And it’s also obscene.

President Zelenskyy was democratically elected.  He’s Jewish.  His father’s family was wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust.  And Putin has the audacity, like all autocrats before him, to believe that might will make right.

In my own country, a former president named Abraham Lincoln voiced the opposing spirit to save our Union in the midst of a civil war.  He said, “Let us have faith that right makes might.”  “Right makes might.”  (Applause.)

Today, let us now have that faith again.  Let us resolve to put the strength of democracies into action to thwart the denigns [sic] of our — the designs of autocracy.  Let us remember that the test of this moment is the test of all time.

[ . . . ]

The economy is on track to be cut in half in the coming years.  It was ranked — Russia’s economy was ranked the 11th biggest economy in the world before this evasion [sic] — invasion.  It will soon not even rank among the top 20 in the world.  (Applause.)

[ . . . ]

I was saying to the Mayor they’re preparing to open their hearts and their homes simply to help.  I also want to thank my friend, the great American chef, José Andrés, and his team who helped feeling [sic] those — (applause) — feeding those who are yearning to be free.

[ . . . ]

The World Food Programme told us that despite significant obstacles, at least some relief is getting to major cities in Ukraine, but not Metropol [sic] — no, excuse me, Mar- — not Mariupol, because Russian forces are blocking relief supplies.

[ . . . ]

Russia wanted less of a NATO presence on its border, but now he has [we have] a stronger presence, a larger presence, with over a hundred thousand American troops here, along with all the other members of NATO.

[ . . . ]

This is not who you are.  This is not the future reserve — you deserve for your families and your children.  I’m telling you the truth: This war is not worthy of you, the Russian people.

[ . . . ]

A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people’s love for liberty.  Brutality will never grind down their will to be free.  Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia — for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.

We will have a different future — a brighter future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom and possibilities.

For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

God bless you all.  And may God defend our freedom.  (Applause.)  And may God protect our troops.   Thank you for your patience.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.

6:43 P.M. CET

Pay attention to how the White House staff edit Biden’s fumbling speech: “invalidated [invaded] neighboring nation,” “denigns [sic],” “this evasion [sic] — invasion,”helped feeling [sic] those — (applause) — feeding those who are yearning to be free,” “Metropol [sic] — no, excuse me, Mar- — not Mariupol.” They did not call attention to Biden slurring “reserve” than correcting “you deserve.”

The avatar of the left, of the New World Order he first named and here double-downed with talk of a reordering of the world, is just this buggy, this incapable of simply reading a whole speech from a TelePrompter. And yet, they did not correct that last remark, beyond the pale of thermonuclear war powers. There it stands, unedited, uncorrected, as if it was the pre-planned text: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power. “

Think on this closely: Go get ’em,“when you [soldiers of the elite 82nd Airborne Division] are there [in Ukraine].” “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” This is wildly reckless speech, far beyond anything President Trump was even falsely claimed to say about foreign leaders, from Kim, to Xi, to Putin. Biden’s words do not actually frighten Putin, nor mislead the men around Putin. After all, they know Biden is depending on them and Xi to deliver the deal freeing the Iranian theocrats to dominate the Middle East as Obama intended, putting the (heretics to socialist world order) Jewish state in its place, supplicants who know their place is out with the garbage by the back door, or at least back behind the pre-1967 borders. Biden’s party and Putin’s people are quite in agreement about Jews and so the Jewish state. If you have a sudden impulse to dust off your, or your father’s old copy of The Late Great Planet Earth, reading the parts about Russia and China rolling into the Middle East to fight together in a great battle threatening the survival of the state of Israel, I do not blame you.

We, the Ukrainians, and the Russian people are suffering now because of the Big Steal of 2020, enabled from 2017 by the Congressional RepubliCAN’Ts subverting any real federal election security review and reform. We know, as sure as the sun rising in the east, that McConnell and McCarthy only intend to use our pain to get into power and run fake hearings, putting up fake bills while we struggle to pay real bills for the bare necessities of life. You know we are looking at ObamaCare 2.0 over the next two years. Everybody knows. And you also know, while every pundit and politician seeks to distract you, that people have the power.

You and I can stop this madness now, not this November, not in 2024, not in the next few decades. NOW. We have the power to coerce primary candidates for the House and Senate to pledge to remove McCarthy and McConnell as part of the failed past leadership, to start with a real shock to the established order on Capital Hill. “Pledge or Perish, Candidate X, your choice NOW determines my choice in both the primary and the general election.” Otherwise, chill about Bill (Gates), stifle yourself about Soros, shush about social media silencing dissent and interfering in elections.

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  1. Rodin Member
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    We have the power to coerce primary candidates for the House and Senate to pledge to remove McCarthy and McConnell as part of the failed past leadership, to start with a real shock to the established order on Capital Hill. ‘Pledge or Perish, Candidate X, your choice NOW determines my choice in both the primary and the general election.’ Otherwise, chill about Bill (Gates), stifle yourself about Soros, shush about social media silencing dissent and interfering in elections.”

    I agree with the objective and I will take up the McCarthy issue with my local Congressman. But I am not sure how it will work out. IIRC 218 seats is a majority. Is there a caucus vote before a House vote? If so, at least 110 R representatives have to support a competitor to McCarthy. And even then, if Dems see McCarthy as the lesser of two evils, would they vote to support him? Too much parliamentary maneuvering for me to have confidence that this will work. 

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  2. Flicker Coolidge
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    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me.  Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

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  3. kedavis Inactive
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position.  If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it.  But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge.  I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

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  4. BDB Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    Yup.  Pledge, schmedge.  “Well, I tried.  Didn’t work.  what’s for brunch?”

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  5. Jim McConnell Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    Yup. Pledge, schmedge. “Well, I tried. Didn’t work. what’s for brunch?”

    Very cynical. But I’m afraid you’re right.

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  6. Hang On Member
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    The chance will come when they have to increase interest rates to bring down inflation. The debt payment will crowd out discretionary spending because the national debt has to be contained. Eliminate the FBI, CIA, NSA, much of the Department of Justice, the Department of Education,. . . Plan for the crisis so the swamp can be drained.

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  7. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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     I wish Democrats would stop mentioning Abraham Lincoln.  They were the on the other side.

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  8. kedavis Inactive
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    I wish Democrats would stop mentioning Abraham Lincoln. They were the on the other side.

    That and they keep accusing Republicans of being like Bull Connor, and George Wallace, and Jefferson Davis… who were all Democrats.

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  9. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Eliminate the FBI, CIA, NSA, much of the Department of Justice, the Department of Education,. . . Plan for the crisis so the swamp can be drained.

    My congressman just resigned after being found guilty by a California jury for lying to the FBI. It looks to me like he got Flynned, but was too dumb to do anything about the agency when he had a chance, and too arrogant to think they’d go after him. Fortunately, a good candidate stepped up when the indictment came down.

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  10. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    I wish Democrats would stop mentioning Abraham Lincoln. They were the on the other side.

    That and they keep accusing Republicans of being like Bull Connor, and George Wallace, and Jefferson Davis… who were all Democrats.

    The funny part if you ask them about it they honestly think the parties changed sides at some point.  With everybody Republican became Democrats and everybody Democrat became Republicans so they can lay all that racist bs on the GOP.

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  11. TempTime Member
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    @cliffordbrown Thank you for the post.  Everyday I look for more information, some truth, any truth that will assist in my understanding of all the idiocy going on all around us.  

    You have, in your post, not only delivered truth but also provided some much needed clarity of the situation.  Thank you. 

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  12. Unsk Member
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    Great post Clifford. 

    I’m okay with a pledge, but much more needs to be done, in the Senate particularly. 

    Since the House is re-elected every two years, those members, as they were intended, have to be closer to the People, but whereas the now corrupted by the 17th Amendment Senate is a safe bastion of entrenched corruption for a long list of Senators like McConnell, Thune, Romney, Burr, Graham, Cronyn and the like. They are the real  problem for they not only  need a 60%  supermajority  for cloture on non-budget issues , but they also control the nominations of the Administrative State Department Heads  who have now gone fully rogue due to the support of Senators like McConnell, et al.  

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  13. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    The pResident and his party are getting exactly what they want. The destruction of America as founded, and the demoralization of the people, making them ripe for domination by the Left forever. 

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  14. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position. If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it. But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge. I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

    I’m not saying that that the House can actually easily kick out a representative that they don’t like, but they can certainly sideline, make ineffectual, make life hard, and even limit campaign funds from him.

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  15. kedavis Inactive
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position. If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it. But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge. I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

    I’m not saying that that the House can actually easily kick out a representative that they don’t like, but they can certainly sideline, make ineffectual, make life hard, and even limit campaign funds from him.

    Right, which is why it can be effective against someone who wants a long-term or lifetime job, but not against someone who actually plans to keep a pledge.

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  16. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position. If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it. But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge. I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

    I’m not saying that that the House can actually easily kick out a representative that they don’t like, but they can certainly sideline, make ineffectual, make life hard, and even limit campaign funds from him.

    Right, which is why it can be effective against someone who wants a long-term or lifetime job, but not against someone who actually plans to keep a pledge.

    And I’ve been thinking lately, thanks to @philo’s Schweitzer reporting, that being a representative is more of an acting career than a public service job.  You can make millions if you do it right enough, for long enough.  That’s pretty good for a guy or a gal with just a BS in political science.

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  17. cdor Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position. If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it. But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge. I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

    I’m not saying that that the House can actually easily kick out a representative that they don’t like, but they can certainly sideline, make ineffectual, make life hard, and even limit campaign funds from him.

    Right, which is why it can be effective against someone who wants a long-term or lifetime job, but not against someone who actually plans to keep a pledge.

    And I’ve been thinking lately, thanks to @ philo’s Schweitzer reporting, that being a representative is more of an acting career than a public service job. You can make millions if you do it right enough, for long enough. That’s pretty good for a guy or a gal with just a BS in political science.

    The key is that they are very good with that BS!

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  18. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    We have the power to coerce primary candidates for the House and Senate to pledge to remove McCarthy and McConnell as part of the failed past leadership, to start with a real shock to the established order on Capital Hill. ‘Pledge or Perish, Candidate X, your choice NOW determines my choice in both the primary and the general election.’ Otherwise, chill about Bill (Gates), stifle yourself about Soros, shush about social media silencing dissent and interfering in elections.”

    I agree with the objective and I will take up the McCarthy issue with my local Congressman. But I am not sure how it will work out. IIRC 218 seats is a majority. Is there a caucus vote before a House vote? If so, at least 110 R representatives have to support a competitor to McCarthy. And even then, if Dems see McCarthy as the lesser of two evils, would they vote to support him? Too much parliamentary maneuvering for me to have confidence that this will work.

    No D will vote for an R. Only Independents swing/ choose which caucus. The credible threat is either the rest of the Rs choose to sacrifice McCarthy and compromise the old boy system or they lose the lucrative chairmanships they are already counting upon, with a D Speaker until the RepubliCAN’Ts bow, for the first time, to Tea Party/ MAGA/ new R base.

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  19. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I’m sorry, but a pledge means nothing to me. Even if they half-heartedly believe that they will carry through on it, even if they really intend to, I just can’t believe anything other than that when they get their initial indoctrination (or orientation), and are maybe a week or two into their seats, they will realize it’s play ball or be penalized and replaced.

    The House leadership can’t actually replace anyone in their elected position. If we could get people to run who were actually not looking for a lifetime job, that might take care of it. But these days that seems even less likely than their holding to a pledge. I’ve seen no evidence that either a House or Senate position isn’t a pretty cushy job with little real work required if they don’t want it.

    I’m not saying that that the House can actually easily kick out a representative that they don’t like, but they can certainly sideline, make ineffectual, make life hard, and even limit campaign funds from him.

    Right, which is why it can be effective against someone who wants a long-term or lifetime job, but not against someone who actually plans to keep a pledge.

    Safety in numbers, specifically the number that denies the RepubliCAN’Ts their covetted chairmanships. Mutual aid by a slate of like-minded candidates.

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