McConnell and McCarthy Must Resign

 

When Nebraska lost to Georgia Southern after also losing to Northwestern and almost to South Dakota, the Athletic Director had to fire him. The loss to Georgia Southern was impossible to justify and the hard task had to be undertaken. The Cornhuskers now stand at 3-7 on a four-game losing streak, and their season is lost, but keeping Scott Frost as head coach was only going to cause more damage.

The GOP has no Political Director, but the last time a party leader headed into an election expecting to gain 30-40 seats in the House and a couple in the Senate and failed dismally (Newt Gingrich), he had the common decency to resign because of the damage he had done and would continue to do if he had stayed.

Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy have failed the GOP, and arguably the nation. They are the primary architects of this disaster and if they had a shred of honor or decency would, at the very least, step down from their leadership roles. They should resign their seats in disgrace. They should never be allowed to direct the party again. Of course, they won’t do either of these things because, to them, they succeeded. To call these midterms a success is an insult to anyone who supports the GOP.

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  1. kedavis Coolidge
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    They couldn’t be more self-serving even if they were both Kai Winn.

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  2. BDB Coolidge
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    Newt Gingrich?  Damage?  We should be so lucky as to suffer the career of Gingrich every four years.

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  3. E. Kent Golding Member
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    I don’t think firing McConnell and McCarty would be a bad thing,  but I don’t think they caused this.  I think the Democrats and Trump made the election all about the crazier aspects of Trump & Trump selected candidates.

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  4. BDB Coolidge
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I don’t think firing McConnell and McCarty would be a bad thing, but I don’t think they caused this. I think the Democrats and Trump made the election all about the crazier aspects of Trump & Trump selected candidates.

    Yeah, the problem is that the Boehner-Ryan-McCarthy-McConnell (and so forth) people are chronic problems who create the environment in which the acute (proximate) causes flourish.  Each of them has done great things, but each of them has a remarkable interest in staying in position, wich militates against responsive, principled action.  Amazingly, When Ryan decided he had had enough, he found a way to exit which absolutely gored conservatives while aiding and abetting progressives.  Imagine what Ryan could have accomplished had he been willing to lay it all down for the Tea Party.  Instead, he went a McCain-esque sojourn of pique, and burned down our House.  Feh!

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  5. WI Con Member
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    I was listening to an extended interview that Jordan Peterson did with Newt Gingrich over at the Daily Wire. It was aa interesting as one would expect with those two thinkers discussing topics. 

    One thing that Newt said that really struck me, that I was thinking of posting about till I saw this one was: since his time in congress till today, the GOP Base has been in conflict with leadership.  That’s astounding when you think of it in those terms. From Newt’s initial takeover,  The Tea Party, The Freedom Caucus, The Border,  MAGA…

    Way past time for leadership to fall.

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  6. BDB Coolidge
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    I was listening to an extended interview that Jordan Peterson did with Newt Gingrich over at the Daily Wire. It was aa interesting as one would expect with those two thinkers discussing topics.

    One thing that Newt said that really struck me, that I was thinking of posting about till I saw this one was: since his time in congress till today, the GOP Base has been in conflict with leadership. That’s astounding when you think of it in those terms. From Newt’s initial takeover, The Tea Party, The Freedom Caucus, The Border, MAGA…

    Way past time for leadership to fall.

    Yup.  The very picture of a system where the leadership is utterly insulated from the concerns of the base.  When evolution is impossible, revolution is inevitable.  And as with so many things, it didn’t have to be this way.

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  7. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Who to replace them with?  Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

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  8. Joe Boyle Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Who to replace them with? Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

    More of the same.

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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I don’t think firing McConnell and McCarty would be a bad thing, but I don’t think they caused this. I think the Democrats and Trump made the election all about the crazier aspects of Trump & Trump selected candidates.

    Yeah, the problem is that the Boehner-Ryan-McCarthy-McConnell (and so forth) people are chronic problems who create the environment in which the acute (proximate) causes flourish. Each of them has done great things, but each of them has a remarkable interest in staying in position, wich militates against responsive, principled action. Amazingly, When Ryan decided he had had enough, he found a way to exit which absolutely gored conservatives while aiding and abetting progressives. Imagine what Ryan could have accomplished had he been willing to lay it all down for the Tea Party. Instead, he went a McCain-esque sojourn of pique, and burned down our House. Feh!

    And now he’s back and giving advice to the electorate. And he (heh) thinks voters (ha!) actually want to hear his opinion! (Ha aha hahahaa!)

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  10. BDB Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Who to replace them with? Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

    The first two hundred names in the Appomattox phone book.

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  11. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    Joe Boyle (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Who to replace them with? Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

    More of the same.

    Still better than what we currently have.

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  12. WI Con Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Joe Boyle (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Who to replace them with? Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

    More of the same.

    Still better than what we currently have.

    Just the process and letting the people in leadership know there are consequences. Not just enrichment, consequent-free insider trading and future lobbying oppourtunities.

    Boehner’s & Ryan’s phone calls shouldn’t even be getting returned. They shouldn’t be able to get an appointment at their office.

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  13. David C. Broussard Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Who to replace them with? Steve Scalise and Mike Lee?

    I saw one report talking about how Rubio might be a decent majority leader.  He at least learned from his immigration reform bill, and his run in 2016.  He won in FL by 17 points which is a solid victory, and has been a part of making FL into a deep red state.  At the very least, the vote for leadership in the MINORITY should be delayed until we know if Warnock is keeping his seat, another race where McConnell proved to be less than helpful.

    John Cornyn would be a good leader.  He has shown that he can not only work with the Dens, but he can also do so without compromising on essential beliefs.  He is the next in line after McConnell, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.  It’s unclear how much he was able to influence McConnell.

    Dan Sullivan would be an interesting choice.  He has some tenure but hasn’t been a leader (not that leadership in the current Senate is a good thing).

    I like Rick Scott, but he also architected this cycle, and I haven’t heard him talk much about why he failed.

    Joni Ernst has been a solid member of the Senate and has good leadership skills.  Iowa turned completely red in the last election with all House seats now held by the GOP.

    Rand Paul…naw

    Susan Collins would be an interesting choice.  She has managed to win consistently in Maine which isn’t a red state.  She isn’t a red meat conservative, but might she be able to craft a vision for the GOP that actually grows the tent.

    Lisa Murkowski is neither a Republican, nor honorable.

    John Kennedy has been solid as well.

    Roy Blunt is long tenured, but what more?

    In the end, a good idea would be define what leadership should be doing?  Collins could be very good because she has a very different ideology and knows how to win in a blue state.  Do we want a leader who will stand athwart the Biden agenda and delay it, or do we want a leader who will set a vision for the GOP in 2024 and later that might actually lead to wins?  To dedicate the party to taking advantage of the current ballot harvesting system that the Dems have created and thus having a shot at actually winning.

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  14. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    David C. Broussard (View Comment):
    Susan Collins would be an interesting choice.  She has managed to win consistently in Maine which isn’t a red state.  She isn’t a red meat conservative, but might she be able to craft a vision for the GOP that actually grows the tent.

    . . .

    Collins could be very good because she has a very different ideology and knows how to win in a blue state. 

    I don’t want traitors crafting a vision for the GOP.

    Or maybe I do. It would be some necessary clarifying, and could accelerate the end of the GOP.

    So yeah, let’s do this thing.

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  15. kedavis Coolidge
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    David C. Broussard (View Comment):
    To dedicate the party to taking advantage of the current ballot harvesting system that the Dems have created and thus having a shot at actually winning.

    I have a feeling that even in states where ballot-harvesting is legal, some kind of charge could be cooked up to use against Republicans who do it.

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  16. David C. Broussard Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    David C. Broussard (View Comment):
    To dedicate the party to taking advantage of the current ballot harvesting system that the Dems have created and thus having a shot at actually winning.

    I have a feeling that even in states where ballot-harvesting is legal, some kind of charge could be cooked up to use against Republicans who do it.

    That is a good thing.  The Dems are already doing it in those states (like Texas), so, beating them at their own game would mean that the practice would be ended.  To me, that is a good thing.  If we can show the Dems that we are better at getting ballots into the boxes of dubious provenance, then they will stop it.  Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth that the evil, dastardly Republicans are using private funds to GOTV in republican leaning areas and using paid operatives to take those ballots to drop boxes…it’s just not fair and we have to stop it.  Heck in Texas, it used to be that the GOP voted early before election day and the Dems turned out on election day, until the Dems realized that they did better when their people turned out early, now its the opposite.

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  17. David C. Broussard Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    David C. Broussard (View Comment):
    Susan Collins would be an interesting choice. She has managed to win consistently in Maine which isn’t a red state. She isn’t a red meat conservative, but might she be able to craft a vision for the GOP that actually grows the tent.

    . . .

    Collins could be very good because she has a very different ideology and knows how to win in a blue state.

    I don’t want traitors crafting a vision for the GOP.

    Or maybe I do. It would be some necessary clarifying, and could accelerate the end of the GOP.

    So yeah, let’s do this thing.

    The GOP is already dead, at least to me, because I full expect that McConnell will be the MINORITY leader.  I think that should be his moniker from now on.  Mitch MINORITY McConnell then man who worked tirelessly to prevent the GOP from winning the “wrong way”.

     

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  18. kedavis Coolidge
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    David C. Broussard (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    David C. Broussard (View Comment):
    To dedicate the party to taking advantage of the current ballot harvesting system that the Dems have created and thus having a shot at actually winning.

    I have a feeling that even in states where ballot-harvesting is legal, some kind of charge could be cooked up to use against Republicans who do it.

    That is a good thing. The Dems are already doing it in those states (like Texas), so, beating them at their own game would mean that the practice would be ended. To me, that is a good thing. If we can show the Dems that we are better at getting ballots into the boxes of dubious provenance, then they will stop it. Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth that the evil, dastardly Republicans are using private funds to GOTV in republican leaning areas and using paid operatives to take those ballots to drop boxes…it’s just not fair and we have to stop it. Heck in Texas, it used to be that the GOP voted early before election day and the Dems turned out on election day, until the Dems realized that they did better when their people turned out early, now its the opposite.

    Not my point.  My point is that various judges etc would continue to allow the Dims to do it, while charging Republicans who do it with “littering” or something.  So the Dims keep the advantage to themselves.  Which means they wouldn’t want to end it.

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  19. BDB Coolidge
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    Rubio is all-amnesty all the time, and Cornyn of the Cornyn-Kyl sequester/supercommittee fiasco still owes us BIGLY.  At least Kyl had the shame to retire after promising to PERSONALLY LEAD THE FIGHT if their bluff was called — which it promptly was, and he bounced.

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  20. BDB Coolidge
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    Frankly, I don’t want any of these goats.  I’ll take Rand Paul.  His freshman speech is a landmark, and despite him going wobbly on Jan 6th (disgusting and shameful, really), he’s far ahead of the pack.

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  21. BDB Coolidge
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    Nothing against that Kennedy fellow.  Don’t know much about him — seen him score some points on Twitter, which is better than nothing.

    I envy McConnell’s mastery of the Senate.  I resent his fickle use of it, and abuse of us.  Still grateful for his wins but they should be a bit more closely spaced, shall we say.

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  22. kedavis Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Nothing against that Kennedy fellow. Don’t know much about him — seen him score some points on Twitter, which is better than nothing.

    I envy McConnell’s mastery of the Senate. I resent his fickle use of it, and abuse of us. Still grateful for his wins but they should be a bit more closely spaced, shall we say.

    Well, Sen. John Kennedy is “only” 70 so I guess there’s that.  Still seems like we could do better for a leader, though, even while keeping Kennedy in office.

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  23. David C. Broussard Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Rubio is all-amnesty all the time, and Cornyn of the Cornyn-Kyl sequester/supercommittee fiasco still owes us BIGLY. At least Kyl had the shame to retire after promising to PERSONALLY LEAD THE FIGHT if their bluff was called — which it promptly was, and he bounced.

    Rubio learned from his attempt to push amnesty through the Senate.  He backed away from that and hasn’t tried it again.  I like people who learn from mistakes as opposed to blame others when they screw up.

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  24. BDB Coolidge
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    David C. Broussard (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Rubio is all-amnesty all the time, and Cornyn of the Cornyn-Kyl sequester/supercommittee fiasco still owes us BIGLY. At least Kyl had the shame to retire after promising to PERSONALLY LEAD THE FIGHT if their bluff was called — which it promptly was, and he bounced.

    Rubio learned from his attempt to push amnesty through the Senate. He backed away from that and hasn’t tried it again. I like people who learn from mistakes as opposed to blame others when they screw up.

    He regrets getting caught.  He is still an Amnestita.   

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  25. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Matt Christiansen on his show Sunday night made the point that if the Republican leadership could not win this election, they could not win ANY election. The conditions were near perfect for a democratic election disaster. Even James Carville has said that he expected them to lose at least 57 seats in the house, and control of the senate.

    Another point Matt makes is that the ahistoric results of this election are a result of the ahistoric management to the voting system that democrats have made. You dont get the same results from an election if you fundamentally change the way you conduct the election. So republicans will have to hire fleets of vote harvesters and door to door vote collectors to get out the vote the old fashioned democrat way – by intimidation. You cannot shame the democrats by accusing them of cheating, election fraud or vote theft, they’re solely focused on power, and in its acquisition they have no shame.

    In the 30 states or so that republicans control, they should roll back election laws, limit early voting, eliminate mail in ballots… etc… All of the initiatives that were claimed for the pandemic should end.

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  26. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Matt Christiansen on his show Sunday night made the point that if the Republican leadership could not win this election, they could not win ANY election.

    I agree with this.

    People insisting that DeSantis can win 2024 are going to be shocked when he runs and loses.

    Forget even thinking about a candidate unless you can clean up voting in this country. Democrats could run Fetterman for President in 2024 and they would still win. Doesn’t matter who the GOP nominee is anymore. “Quality” is a dumb excuse.

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  27. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Hey, did you know that @mitchmcconnell is a Contributor here?  He’s only ever written one post, though. 

     

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  28. BDB Coolidge
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    Were I to design a wave of terror to get what I wanted, it would exclusively target whites who vote lefty.  Shut up about your reasons.  “Either you brains or your signature will go on this paper.”  You never have to oppress an entire population — just enough that they begin to oppress themselves.

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  29. BDB Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Hey, did you know that @ mitchmcconnell is a Contributor here? He’s only ever written one post, though.

     

    Hmmm.  Says we’re not friends.

    Also, I suppose this means that some staffer of McConnell’s thought i would be a good idea to reproduce talking points here.  Shore up the ol’ base. 

    Richard Epstein doesn’t log in here himself — I’ll wager Mitch didn’t either.

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  30. kedavis Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Hey, did you know that @ mitchmcconnell is a Contributor here? He’s only ever written one post, though.

     

    I think it’s more likely that “Mitch” was really just another pseudo of @pseudodionysius

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