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This interview of Rep. Lauren Boebert (below) is the most cogent explanation I have heard for the anti-McCarthy position. I’ll spoil a bit of it for you: last summer, McCarthy thought there would be far more Republicans, and that he would have enough squish votes to run over the conservatives, so he ignored their concerns. Remember conservatives trying to get a platform out of GOP leadership last year, but they were too smart for all of that? “Red wave!” Then the election came, and Republicans eked out a bare majority in the House and a loss in the Senate. Ouch.
On Monday, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) whipped votes all day (canvassed the Republicans, negotiating to solidify a platform). In the afternoon or evening, Boebert and Co. approached McCarthy with a list of 218 YES votes for him, provided that he assent to a list of initiatives. These were mostly promises to hold a series of votes on specific issues.
This list was less ambitious than Gingrich’s wildly successful Contract With America. Another thing was some accountability, including the return of the one-member Motion to Vacate. One member? Shocking! Nope — that’s how Jefferson wrote it. It’s not a one-finger “eject” button for the Speaker’s chair, for crying out loud. It just allows filing a motion.
There’s more — watch the whole thing, as it’s only 13 minutes long. Yes, this is the pro-regular order, anti-McCarthy side of the story. Heaven knows we are all hearing the pro-McCarthy argument on every channel.