McCarthy Elected Speaker of the House on 15th Vote

 

Following four days of voting, negotiations, and drama, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been elected Speaker of the House on the 15th ballot.

McCarthy garnered 216 votes after several early holdouts voted in his favor. Six other GOP holdouts voted “present”: Reps. Andy Biggs (R–AZ), Lauren Boebert (R–CO), Eli Crane (R–AZ), Matt Gaetz (R–FL), Bob Good (R–VA), and Matt Rosendale (R–MT). This lowered the number of votes McCarthy needed to grant him the Speaker’s gavel.

Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D–NY) gained 212 votes. The vote was concluded shortly after midnight.

In the 14th round of voting, McCarthy confronted Rep. Matt Gaetz, whose vote on that ballot would have given McCarthy the win. A motion to adjourn failed, so the 15th ballot moved forward.

With the Speakership settled, the House can finally get back to the important business of borrowing several trillions of dollars for unnecessary projects.

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  1. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    I wonder if Representative Matt Gaetz will make good on his threat to resign, should McCarthy prevail.

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  2. Judge Mental Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    With the Speakership settled, the House can finally get back to the important business of borrowing several trillions of dollars for unnecessary projects.

    Remember when there used to be a debt ceiling?

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  3. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Remember when there used to be a debt ceiling?

    The debt ceiling is now a retractable roof.

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  4. Django Member
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    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered. 

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  5. genferei Member
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    I have great confidence Speaker McCarthy will keep his solemn pledge – to keep that sweet chamber of commerce donor cash flowing to the Uniparty. 

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  6. Hang On Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

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  7. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Remember when there used to be a debt ceiling?

    The debt ceiling is now a retractable roof.

    Rusted in the open position. 

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  8. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    With the Speakership settled, the House can finally get back to the important business of borrowing several trillions of dollars for unnecessary projects.

    Remember when there used to be a debt ceiling?

    Remember when there used to be a budget?

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  9. American Abroad Thatcher
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    I am not thrilled with McCarthy as Speaker, but at least he has learned that he cannot take the rank-and-file members for granted.

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  10. HeavyWater Reagan
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    I have to admit that I am surprised.  I really didn’t think McCarthy would ever get to be Speaker.  Well, now McCarthy is Speaker and we’ll see how long it lasts.  

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  11. Percival Thatcher
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  12. RufusRJones Member
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    I have listened closely as I could to Chip Roy about all of this. I think the point is, why didn’t they get rid of the ACA when they had the chance? etc. They have to force some structural changes to control the liars, RINOs, and GOPe. 

     

     

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  13. RufusRJones Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Remember when there used to be a debt ceiling?

    The debt ceiling is now a retractable roof.

    I listen to hedge fund guys talk about this all of the time. The absolute last time you could control spending was 2004, basically. The other option was letting everything fall apart in 2008. They should have gotten serious about it in the mid 90s before Greenspan started going crazy. 

    You’re going to get inflation and more spending. If they don’t do that, society is going to fall apart.

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  14. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: With the Speakership settled, the House can finally get back to the important business of borrowing several trillions of dollars for unnecessary projects.

    That made me chuckle. 

     

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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    Some may find this thread helpful. 

     

     

     

     

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  16. RufusRJones Member
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    Here is criticism of the above thread. I have no opinion about this except that this guy seems pretty reasonable generally. 

     

     

     

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  17. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    That is funny – should be on t-shirts and bumper stickers!

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  18. Front Seat Cat Member
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    He said he wants to introduce a bill to repeal the money going to hiring all those new IRS agents. I heard a podcast on that 4000 page spending bill – much to be very concerned about. Let’s start there.

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  19. MiMac Thatcher
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

    MTG is in the loser party- Chip Roy is the winner. He led the initial opposition- got the important concessions & proved to be a responsible politician. 

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  20. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    MiMac (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

    MTG is in the loser party- Chip Roy is the winner. He led the initial opposition- got the important concessions & proved to be a responsible politician.

    Taylor-Green voted with the majority. They are the loser party?

     

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  21. David C. Broussard Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

    MTG is in the loser party- Chip Roy is the winner. He led the initial opposition- got the important concessions & proved to be a responsible politician.

    Taylor-Green voted with the majority. They are the loser party?

     

    She started out there. Her concession which she gotten advance was getting back on committees. 

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

    I wonder if Representative Matt Gaetz will make good on his threat to resign, should McCarthy prevail.

    As I recall what he said was he would resign if McCarthy won with Democratic votes. 

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  23. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    David C. Broussard (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

    MTG is in the loser party- Chip Roy is the winner. He led the initial opposition- got the important concessions & proved to be a responsible politician.

    Taylor-Green voted with the majority. They are the loser party?

     

    She started out there. Her concession which she gotten advance was getting back on committees.

     I am totally confused with what positions people hold.

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  24. RufusRJones Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
     I am totally confused with what positions people hold.

    This is a pretty good outline and timeline. McCarthy bet too hard on a wider margin in the general election and he didn’t handle it well. I trust Michael Knowles on everything so I think this is going to be accurate. 

     

     

     

     

     

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  25. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    I am totally confused with what positions people hold.

    This is a pretty good outline and timeline. McCarthy bet too hard on a wider margin in the general election and he didn’t handle it well. I trust Michael Knowles on everything so I think this is going to be accurate.

     

     

     

     

     

    I meant people here

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  26. RufusRJones Member
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    This is my position. Take power. Move anything you can to the right. Forget about spending reductions, it’s going to be deficits and fiscal spending up and up no matter what for a long time until they get enough inflation to get debt under control. 

    RINOs are OK if they limit the damage. 

    Don’t be ignorant about the left biased media and the left biased institutions. Unfortunately you have to explain this to some Republicans. 

    This is a short article. The GOP has never done anything about what is in this article, really. You are better off with populism than idealizing about something that has never happened. 

    https://mises.org/wire/were-living-age-capital-consumption

     

     

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  27. RufusRJones Member
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    This guy is really smart. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  28. Stina Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    David C. Broussard (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    I enjoyed the show. And the fifteen minutes when we could pretend it mattered.

    It did matter. The ‘concessions ‘, if McCarthy keeps his word, are all huge improvements in procedure.. MTG may be a huge winner.

    MTG is in the loser party- Chip Roy is the winner. He led the initial opposition- got the important concessions & proved to be a responsible politician.

    Taylor-Green voted with the majority. They are the loser party?

     

    She started out there. Her concession which she gotten advance was getting back on committees.

    I am totally confused with what positions people hold.

    MTG is Freedom Caucus, but she chose not to take the hard line with the others. For whatever reason, I’m not going to bash her for supporting McCarthy when she did. But Boebert and Gaetz and the remaining Freedom Caucus are stronger fighters.

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  29. Suspira Member
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    Thank goodness that clown show is over. I only hope voters are able to forget it, but I fear the impression it has left could be lasting. (Hint to GOP reps: You’re supposed to be winning over voters, not repelling them.)

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  30. Skyler Coolidge
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    I never heard of this loser, McCarthy, before this hullaballoo started.  I can confidently say that I don’t like him.

    The thing is, if you can’t get the votes from your own faction, then you’re not a leader.  After the first ballot he should have withdrawn.  

    The party is more important, in such a matter, than any individual.

    I’m also particularly disappointed with the dissenters for having given in.  Here’s the rule:  If you strike a king, you must kill him.  Those holdouts will never be forgotten by that loser McCarthy.  

    At least they didn’t pull a Brulte and elect Nancy Pelosi back as Speaker.

    We’re so screwed.  Republicans are dominated by the establishment machine, and they refuse to conform to the tea party movement and its successors.  We will have the establishment selling us out forever.

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