Kevin McCarthy: Liar and Political Weasel

 

So, Kevin McCarthy decided to lie to GOP voters and tell them that he didn’t conspire with Liz Cheney to force Trump’s resignation post “apocalyptic insurrection.” McCarthy flat out said that the reporting was a lie. It never happened. Then out comes audio showing that he’s the liar.

We should take two lessons from this. 1. When the going got tough McCarthy folded like a cheap suit. He was ready to give the Democrats everything. He wanted Trump’s resignation because he couldn’t imagine himself defending Trump or his voters after January 6th. He wanted to save his own political skin by disassociation from MAGA.

Then the Democrats overplayed their hand and turned a failed Biden presidency into an endless January 6th referendum, because they have nothing else to run on. Had McCarthy gotten his way by forcing a Trump resignation, he would have given the Democrats everything they wanted. He had no spine and no forethought as to how this would be forever hung over the necks of voters on the right, nor did he care.

2. He lied to advance himself. He thought the best political move would be Trump’s resignation. Then he turned himself into a MAGA warrior fighting the Democrats’ committee he now claims is abusive. How can it be abusive in his eyes? He thought it was worth resigning over. So do the Democrats. And because no resignation happened, the Dems are running an endless investigative operation to punish everyone including Trump. Which is what McCarthy wanted until he realized the average GOP voter is not going to be lectured to by people who supported the burning down of the country for a summer.

So, if McCarthy is willing to lie about this and take a stance in total opposition to what he originally believed should happen, then why should he be believed on anything else? He’s willing to lie to Republican voters to not have to answer to them. Why should he represent you as your leader? He doesn’t have the fight, grit, intelligence, or honesty to lead. Nothing he says can be believed.

If he becomes Speaker, it is an indictment of just how corrupt the establishment is. If McCarthy had any shame he would be the one to resign for lying to his own voters. He can’t be trusted. How can anyone represent people they actively lied to? You wouldn’t put up with this from your attorney, doctor, friends, spouse. Why should some hack politician be rewarded with leadership for lying to us?

If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea. And it will be a fruitless two years with him in place. He’s a coward and liar and that’s all we will get from him or should be expected from him.

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  1. Django Member
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    Aside from the McCarthy story there was an interview conducted today by Mark Levin. I think the man he interviewed was Peter Schweitzer(sp?) and he discussed The Turtle, AKA Mitch McConnell. If his comments are factual, McConnell should be sitting in the Greybar Hotel for the next 20 years. My gut told me McConnell is pond scum, and Schweitzer gave me some reason to believe my instincts were correct. 

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  2. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Most peoples mistake is thinking the GOP is on the side of the American people.  They are not.  They are on their own side.

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  3. cdor Member
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    It’s sure a lot easier to find claims that the audio exists than it is to find the audio itself. But who needed any more evidence that McCarthy is a slimeball whose views change with the wind? The only thing reliable about McCarthy is his willingness to dump his own supporters.

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  4. Hoyacon Member
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    WSJ:

    Former President Donald Trump said Friday evening his relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy remains good, after a recording emerged of Mr. McCarthy telling other top GOP lawmakers that he would advise Mr. Trump to resign, several days after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mr. Trump said he wasn’t pleased to learn of Mr. McCarthy’s comments in the House leadership call, but he said the California Republican ultimately never ultimately advised him to quit. He said that Mr. McCarthy quickly changed his stance “when he found out the facts,” and embraced him fully, a few weeks after the Jan. 10, 2021, call.

    “He made a call. I heard the call. I didn’t like the call,” said Mr. Trump. “But almost immediately as you know, because he came here and we took a picture right there—you know, the support was very strong,” Mr. Trump said, pointing to a spot in the room where Mr. McCarthy had taken a photo with the former president in late January, an image seen as formalizing their rapprochement and confirming Mr. Trump continued dominance of the party.

    “I think it’s all a big compliment, frankly,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. McCarthy and other Republicans who criticized him after Jan. 6 and then said they would still back him. “They realized they were wrong and supported me.”

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  5. Chris Williamson Member
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    I’m hoping if the House goes to the Repubs that there’s a battle for speaker. If McCarthy gets the job, it’s more land in the D.C. area turning into swamp. Hopefully Scalise can get the nod and McCarthy can go work for the former President doing something.

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  6. kedavis Member
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    Chris Williamson (View Comment):

    I’m hoping if the House goes to the Repubs that there’s a battle for speaker. If McCarthy gets the job, it’s more land in the D.C. area turning into swamp. Hopefully Scalise can get the nod and McCarthy can go work for the former President doing something.

    But McCarthy would still have his House position, so why would he quit that?

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  7. Hoyacon Member
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    What happened to the last paragraph?

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  8. kedavis Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    What happened to the last paragraph?

    My guess would be, TPTB removed it when it was “promoted.”

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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    From ABC News.  McCarthy is a liar, and is not qualified to be Speaker.  

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  10. Tyrion Lannister Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    WSJ:

    Former President Donald Trump said Friday evening his relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy remains good, after a recording emerged of Mr. McCarthy telling other top GOP lawmakers that he would advise Mr. Trump to resign, several days after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mr. Trump said he wasn’t pleased to learn of Mr. McCarthy’s comments in the House leadership call, but he said the California Republican ultimately never ultimately advised him to quit. He said that Mr. McCarthy quickly changed his stance “when he found out the facts,” and embraced him fully, a few weeks after the Jan. 10, 2021, call.

    “He made a call. I heard the call. I didn’t like the call,” said Mr. Trump. “But almost immediately as you know, because he came here and we took a picture right there—you know, the support was very strong,” Mr. Trump said, pointing to a spot in the room where Mr. McCarthy had taken a photo with the former president in late January, an image seen as formalizing their rapprochement and confirming Mr. Trump continued dominance of the party.

    “I think it’s all a big compliment, frankly,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. McCarthy and other Republicans who criticized him after Jan. 6 and then said they would still back him. “They realized they were wrong and supported me.”

    This was my thought on it- a lot of people – including a certain editor at ricochet- rushed to judgement.  I think McCarthy realized he was wrong and backtracked.  I think Trump’s take is the right one.  I remember being skeptical that Trump instigated the riot, and as more info came out I became even more certain of my gut feeling.  I’m gonna pat myself on the back for being right on that one.  Not everyone was, but McCarthy clearly changed course and has Trump’s support.

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  11. kedavis Member
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    However, if McCarthy claims he never said it, that it never happened – not that he was wrong about it and turned back – that’s still a lie.

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  12. Henry Racette Member
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    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

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  13. Flicker Coolidge
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    cdor (View Comment):

    It’s sure a lot easier to find claims that the audio exists than it is to find the audio itself. But who needed any more evidence that McCarthy is a slimeball whose views change with the wind? The only thing reliable about McCarthy is his willingness to dump his own supporters.

    Not sure what site I saw it on but the audio does exist.  Clarified a lot.

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  14. kedavis Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

    That might be a valid argument, but it might also be exactly what they want you to do, as illustrated in this fine meme:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Or, for another example, maybe the Republican Party?

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  15. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

    Since they basically do whatever they want when they want what do you think would be different?  Except maybe they would have to own their mistakes since the GOP would not be around to take the blame.

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  16. Stina Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

    Since they basically do whatever they want when they want what do you think would be different? Except maybe they would have to own their mistakes since the GOP would not be around to take the blame.

    I’d agree with that except Republicans are still being blamed for California.

    I don’t think politics is going to get us out of this mess. Maybe we can outvote them if we retake culture and education, but unless we do that and succeed at it, being pushed out of politics won’t absolve us of blame.

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  17. kedavis Member
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    Stina (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

    Since they basically do whatever they want when they want what do you think would be different? Except maybe they would have to own their mistakes since the GOP would not be around to take the blame.

    I’d agree with that except Republicans are still being blamed for California.

    I don’t think politics is going to get us out of this mess. Maybe we can outvote them if we retake culture and education, but unless we do that and succeed at it, being pushed out of politics won’t absolve us of blame.

    I think you mean it won’t stop us from being used as scapegoats.  Actual blame is a different story.

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  18. GlenEisenhardt Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt: If the GOP really stood for their voters. If the GOP really cared about the crap they talk about regarding principles, the founding fathers, and character, then McCarthy would be unacceptable. But the truth is he’s absolutely acceptable to a corrupt party that’s been lying to their voters for more than a generation. He’s just their cup of tea.

    Damn straight. And here’s a good idea: rather than focusing on improving the party, let’s just dump it.

    Because the Democrats are doing a bang-up job, and think how much *more* they could do if they had a huge Senate majority.

    So let’s throw a tantrum and slit our own political throats. It’ll be great.

    It’s pretty hard to improve a turd. 

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  19. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    I agree with Jonah.  https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/kevin-mccarthy-and-the-eternal-now?s=r

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  20. Hoyacon Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I agree with Jonah. https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/kevin-mccarthy-and-the-eternal-now?s=r

    Unsurprising.  Fortunately, I doubt anyone will find out what it is you agree upon.

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  21. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    I used to really like Kevin McCarthy; I was introduced to him through the great book “Young Guns:  A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” in 2010.  What a disappointment. 

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  22. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I agree with Jonah. https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/kevin-mccarthy-and-the-eternal-now?s=r

    Unsurprising. Fortunately, I doubt anyone will find out what it is you agree upon.

    So you read the piece?  What do you agree with?  What do you disagree with?

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  23. Hoyacon Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I used to really like Kevin McCarthy; I was introduced to him through the great book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” in 2010. What a disappointment.

    So that book was 0 for 3.

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  24. Hoyacon Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I agree with Jonah. https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/kevin-mccarthy-and-the-eternal-now?s=r

    Unsurprising. Fortunately, I doubt anyone will find out what it is you agree upon.

    So you read the piece? What do you agree with? What do you disagree with?

    Sorry, I thought it was fairly obvious that I had no intention of seeing what Jonah Goldberg had to say.  I don’t know why anyone would.   Next up, David French?

    I apologize to all for getting close to a hijack

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  25. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I agree with Jonah. https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/kevin-mccarthy-and-the-eternal-now?s=r

    Jonah has finally “hit upon” something about Star Trek that I knew 50 years ago, while also being wrong that the mirror universe was a “staple” of the original show, in which it appeared in ONE SINGLE EPISODE.

    Then he goes on to read Trump’s mind some more, and… well, more of the usual stuff that’s become an ACTUAL “staple” of Jonah’s work, since Trump – or perhaps more accurately, Trump VOTERS – somehow broke him.

    Has he written, or will he ever write about what a mistake it was to join CNN?  (After claiming to “quit” Fox News when in fact his contract wasn’t being renewed, something that had been known already for weeks or months.)

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  26. Django Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I used to really like Kevin McCarthy; I was introduced to him through the great book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” in 2010. What a disappointment.

    All three were disappointments … to me. 

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  27. Django Member
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    @Django

    A lot of NTs complained that Trump sat around too long. If this is true, they owe him an apology on that point. 

     

     

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  28. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    A lot of NTs complained that Trump sat around too long. If this is true, they owe him an apology on that point.

    Well, that pretty much wraps up Trump’s defense before the kangaroo J6 court. Thanks for posting.

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  29. Django Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    A lot of NTs complained that Trump sat around too long. If this is true, they owe him an apology on that point.

     

     

     

    Well, that pretty much wraps up Trump defense before the kangaroo J6 court. Thanks for posting.

    If this gets wide exposure and if it is accurate reporting, I guess we will find out if there is an intellectually honest member of the J6 court and we will also find out if there is an intellectually honest NT. 

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  30. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):
    If this gets wide exposure and if it is accurate reporting, I guess we will find out if there is an intellectually honest member of the J6 court and we will also find out if there is an intellectually honest NT. 

    No and No.  

    I do admire your continued innocent faith in the integrity of humans. It is good to know that some  people still believe in Santa and the essence of goodness.

    But No. there is no intellectually honest member of the J6 committee, or in the NT ranks. 

     

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