Kevin McCarthy Finally Shows Boldness

 

To be clear, I am not a big fan of Kevin McCarthy, who is currently the House Minority Leader. Whenever I see him interviewed, he expresses himself with enthusiasm, but I’m not quite convinced that he means it. Maybe that’s my problem and not his.

But it appears that there’s a good chance he may be the next Speaker of the House, although that outcome is not set in stone. So, while McCarthy declares he will remove three Democratic committee members from House committees (which is not as easy as you’d think), he’s not a shoo-in for the Speaker position. All in all, Rep. McCarthy may be out over his skis. Let me say upfront, however, that I still hope he does win the Speaker’s job, and that he outrages some Democrats by removing their members from committees.

Let’s look at the position of Speaker first. The following convoluted description explains why he might not win the Speaker role:

McCarthy won the GOP nomination by a 188-31 vote, putting more Republicans against the party leader than he could afford to lose during a full House vote.

This could prove disastrous for the House minority leader while he courts GOP lawmakers for their support, as some Republicans have been outspoken that they won’t support his speaker bid. That list includes Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ), who challenged McCarthy for the speaker nomination last week.

‘I’m not voting for Kevin McCarthy,’ Gaetz said on the Charlie Kirk Show last week. ‘And I am certain that there is a critical mass of people who hold my precise view. And so the sooner we can sort of dispense with the notion that Kevin is going to be speaker, then we can get to the important work.’

However, McCarthy could skirt by without garnering the lucky number of 218.

To win the speakership, McCarthy only needs to win a majority of the votes from lawmakers on the floor. However, House rules show that if GOP lawmakers who do not support McCarthy’s bid simply vote ‘present,’ the final number needed to win the majority is lowered — giving him a better chance to win.

That way, House Republicans can choose not to support McCarthy while not jeopardizing his chance at becoming speaker.

But not all lawmakers will make it easy for him, with some Republicans vowing to vote for another candidate in an effort to sink McCarthy’s chances. Gaetz, for example, has said he will vote for another candidate, although it’s not clear who might mount a bid against McCarthy.

These are the kinds of infighting that the Republicans cannot afford; they appear petty and bitter. Frankly, I would like to see someone stronger and bolder in that position, but when the Republicans’ vote was taken for the Speaker position, he was clearly favored; the time to select someone else has passed.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that these machinations for the Speaker position are overcome and McCarthy can act on his promises to remove Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee. He can’t remove Omar without a full vote of the House. But of course, Omar is outraged at his announcement in response to her anti-Semitic remarks:

‘McCarthy’s effort to repeatedly single me out for scorn and hatred — including threatening to strip me from my committee — does nothing to address the issues our constituents deal with,’ Omar said in a statement.

‘What it does is gin up fear and hate against Somali-Americans and anyone who shares my identity, and further divide us along racial and ethnic lines,’ she added. ‘It is a continuation of a sustained campaign against Muslim and African voices, people his party have been trying to ban since Donald Trump first ran for office.’

Maybe Omar should have thought about the consequences of her comments before she spoke them. And, of course, her remarks are intended to smear others rather than for her to accept responsibility.

It would take too much space to list all the abuses, lies, and leaks that Adam Schiff promoted, in particular, the blatant lies he created for the Russian hoax. But if you’d like to review most of his unethical, unprofessional, and revolting activity, you can read it here.

And finally, there is Eric Swalwell, who allowed himself to be duped by, and become involved with, a suspected spy from China. Military representatives have said that he should have been kicked off the Intel Committee for the threat he posed to national security. I agree.

*     *     *    *

So, let me bring all these points together. The Republicans in Congress have been, to be generous, less than bold in acting against Democrats. They have not stood against more spending, or stood effectively for accountability, and they continue to fight with each other, therefore dividing the power of the GOP.

It is time for a change, big time. Here are the outcomes I hope to see:

  • Get McCarthy into the Speaker role, at this point, and move forward. To spend time trying to get someone else in this position is foolish.
  • Push his bold agenda, including the removal of Omar, Swalwell, and Schiff. If he backs down, push harder.
  • Be discriminating in deciding the most important investigations to pursue first. Establish criteria for what would be most valuable, most powerful, and that could have a major impact. For example, to get 51 former intelligence officers to explain why they seemed to discount the Hunter Biden laptop is a fool’s errand.
  • Don’t try to do everything in a month. Instead, try to create an agenda and schedule.
  • Find other areas to push against the Democrats to let them know there is a new party in power.
  • Find more people that the House can hold accountable for their unconscionable actions. Study the committees for other members who may have abused their positions or acted unethically.
  • Pass legislation immediately that will help ease inflation, such as drilling for oil and natural gas; find a way to make it happen.

We finally have some power to let the people know that we are in charge and we can actually improve their lives, turn the country around and make exciting things happen.

Let’s do it!

Published in Politics
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 65 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    • #1
  2. Rodin Member
    Rodin
    @Rodin

    The time for generosity is over. Muscular reform is required.

    • #2
  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    Unless you’re a psychic, you’re not right.

    • #3
  4. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    Unless you’re a psychic, you’re not right.

    I’m deeply cynical, which in politics is often the same as being psychic.

    • #4
  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    Unless you’re a psychic, you’re not right.

    I’m deeply cynical, which in politics is often the same as being psychic.

    Close, but not directly. Drew, do you really want them spending weeks, maybe months, coming up with someone else? I completely understand your frustration, but that kind of delay would be really unacceptable to me.

    • #5
  6. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    Unless you’re a psychic, you’re not right.

    I’m deeply cynical, which in politics is often the same as being psychic.

    Close, but not directly. Drew, do you really want them spending weeks, maybe months, coming up with someone else? I completely understand your frustration, but that kind of delay would be really unacceptable to me.

    There’s already been a six year delay (or longer) from the House. Not sure if a few more weeks will matter. It’s okay to take the time to make sure we have the right person in there.

    • #6
  7. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Scam)
    @DonG

    Susan Quinn: Push his bold agenda,

    Where do I read about this “bold” agenda? 

    • #7
  8. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Scam)
    @DonG

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Close, but not directly. Drew, do you really want them spending weeks, maybe months, coming up with someone else? I completely understand your frustration, but that kind of delay would be really unacceptable to me.

    I am OK with weeks and months of delay to get an aggressive Speaker in place.  Better to have weeks of nothing than years of nothingness.  

    • #8
  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    There’s already been a six year delay (or longer) from the House. Not sure if a few more weeks will matter. It’s okay to take the time to make sure we have the right person in there.

    It’s conceivable that selection won’t be determined either. Ideally, you’re right; we shouldn’t be in a hurry. But I don’t know if it’s worth waiting. Maybe McCarthy will find he enjoys being bold.

    • #9
  10. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    There’s already been a six year delay (or longer) from the House. Not sure if a few more weeks will matter. It’s okay to take the time to make sure we have the right person in there.

    It’s conceivable that selection won’t be determined either. Ideally, you’re right; we shouldn’t be in a hurry. But I don’t know if it’s worth waiting. Maybe McCarthy will find he enjoys being bold.

    Heh. That made me laugh. :-D

    • #10
  11. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Where’s the plan Democrats’ brain worms came up with? I was told that I had to vote for Democrats in the House or else Republicans would win, install Donald Trump as Speaker, assassinate Biden and Harris, and voilà Trump is President again. If you can’t trust the CIA psyop Q Anon, who can you trust? Give us the Donald. 

    • #11
  12. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    Heh. That made me laugh. :-D

    Hey! People change! I used to be a really super nasty person who bit off people’s heads. So there!

    • #12
  13. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    Heh. That made me laugh. :-D

    Hey! People change! I used to be a really super nasty person who bit off people’s heads. So there!

    I’m having a hard time believing that . . .

    • #13
  14. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    Heh. That made me laugh. :-D

    Hey! People change! I used to be a really super nasty person who bit off people’s heads. So there!

    I’m having a hard time believing that . . .

    You too?

    • #14
  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Percival (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    Heh. That made me laugh. :-D

    Hey! People change! I used to be a really super nasty person who bit off people’s heads. So there!

    I’m having a hard time believing that . . .

    You too?

    Drew and Percival, Just ask my sister. And my husband in the early days of our marriage. I had a quick temper and was angry a lot. I had to make a decision to make my life, my attitude toward others, different.

    • #15
  16. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    I figure this won’t be a problem after a couple of RINOs jump ship.

    • #16
  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    BDB (View Comment):

    I figure this won’t be a problem after a couple of RINOs jump ship.

    I’m sorry, BDB–what are you referring to? McCarthy’s getting the job?

    • #17
  18. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    I figure this won’t be a problem after a couple of RINOs jump ship.

    I’m sorry, BDB–what are you referring to? McCarthy’s getting the job?

    Given the conduct of the House in recent years, I will believe in our majority at the end of its first session.  Until then, I assume two or three weasels (R) will find their way across the aisle.  And then Gosh, we won’t have to worry about all of this — and neither will they.

    • #18
  19. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Susan Quinn: Kevin McCarthy Finally Shows Boldness

    To be fair, it’s just a receding hairline.

    • #19
  20. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Push his bold agenda,

    Where do I read about this “bold” agenda?

    Kicking out committee members is a very big one, especially symbolically. He has also threatened to investigate and possibly impeach Mayorkas. 

    • #20
  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Close, but not directly. Drew, do you really want them spending weeks, maybe months, coming up with someone else? I completely understand your frustration, but that kind of delay would be really unacceptable to me.

    I am OK with weeks and months of delay to get an aggressive Speaker in place. Better to have weeks of nothing than years of nothingness.

    Okay. And I think delays will reinforce the (justified) the impression that they are a feckless group of rubes. And you have no idea if Biggs or Gaetz will be more effective than McCarthy will be. Especially Gaetz, if he were chosen, who’s a hothead, and will probably tick off people.

    • #21
  22. Gary Robbins Member
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee.  If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    • #22
  23. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    She was wrong and McCarthy would be wrong if he did it.

    • #23
  24. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    McCarthy isn’t going to suddenly exhibit the boldness we require. He’s going to put on a show until he gets elected Speaker, and then he’ll settle in and do nothing, just like before.

    How am I wrong?

    You are not

    • #24
  25. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    She was wrong and McCarthy would be wrong if he did it.

    Oh come off it!

    The Democrats are only going to stop when their are consequences for their behaviors. 

    It is like saying “Now, just because the Japanese did a sneak attack and the insist on to the last man fighting that will kill half a million more Americans, we should not use those nasty, nasty nukes.”

     

    • #25
  26. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Did you catch the new slur? Did you see it? It’s up there a few comments. It’s . . . gloriously stupid!

    • #26
  27. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    She was wrong and McCarthy would be wrong if he did it.

    Oh come off it!

    The Democrats are only going to stop when their are consequences for their behaviors.

    It is like saying “Now, just because the Japanese did a sneak attack and the insist on to the last man fighting that will kill half a million more Americans, we should not use those nasty, nasty nukes.”

     

    Huh? I don’t understand the Japanese reference. I’m just saying he shouldn’t act like a spiteful child and if he has reason to form a committee, Dems should be on it, too.

    • #27
  28. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    She was wrong and McCarthy would be wrong if he did it.

    Oh come off it!

    The Democrats are only going to stop when their are consequences for their behaviors.

    It is like saying “Now, just because the Japanese did a sneak attack and the insist on to the last man fighting that will kill half a million more Americans, we should not use those nasty, nasty nukes.”

     

    Huh? I don’t understand the Japanese reference. I’m just saying he shouldn’t act like a spiteful child and if he has reason to form a committee, Dems should be on it, too.

    Wow. Just wow.

    So delivering unto the Democrats what the deserve is being “a spiteful child”. 

    I guess Truman was being a child too. 

    The Democrats have to be taught a lesson. Otherwise, when they are in power they will push more. Have you failed to notice, Susan, that it is always Democrats who transgress boundaries? Have you ever seen them pull back and say “Well, it would be improper to do this?”

    Of course not. 

    And yet, here you are, preaching weakness and mercy in the face of people out to destroy America utterly. 

     

     

    • #28
  29. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
    @EKentGolding

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    She was wrong and McCarthy would be wrong if he did it.

    Oh come off it!

    The Democrats are only going to stop when their are consequences for their behaviors.

    It is like saying “Now, just because the Japanese did a sneak attack and the insist on to the last man fighting that will kill half a million more Americans, we should not use those nasty, nasty nukes.”

     

    Huh? I don’t understand the Japanese reference. I’m just saying he shouldn’t act like a spiteful child and if he has reason to form a committee, Dems should be on it, too.

    How

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Pelosi got a lot of grief for refusing to put election disputers on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Committee. If McCarthy does this, are you willing to say that Pelosi was right in refusing to seat those Republicans?

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    How can unseating Omar, Swillwell and Shiff be anything but a good thing?     McCarthy is not going to choose who the Democrats put on any committee  ( like Pelosi did ).    Pelosi chose her own republicans ( which to me meant they were democrats )?   Removing people is different than choosing the replacements.

    • #29
  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    And yet, here you are, preaching weakness and mercy in the face of people out to destroy America utterly. 

    No, I’m speaking of integrity. Acting like scumbags doesn’t help us.

    • #30
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.