‘Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right’

 

Today’s House vote for Speaker: 194 for Jordan, 210 for Jeffries.

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I’ve got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs

Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am stuck in the middle with you.
Stealers Wheel 

As attacks on our Soldiers and Marines are taking place in the Iraq and Syria area of the Middle East, the self-absorbed and entitled members of the Republican Party are coming close to handing the Democrats the position of Speaker of the House. Jeffries was only six to seven votes away from claiming the position in the last vote today.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

The Second Coming by WB Yeats

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  1. Susan Quinn Member
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    I sometimes have thought that the comment, “The whole world has gone mad” was hyperbole. No more…

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  2. JoelB Member
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    The Republicans need to vote for the Democrat so that an electable Republican can win next time. Isn’t that how it goes?

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  3. Ekosj Member
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    “I have been told by a good number of people that their objection isn’t personal to Jim, it is that voting in Jordan is perceived to be rewarding Matt Gaetz and the rest of the eight. Others have indicated that some of Jim’s supporters wouldn’t support Scalise and so the holdouts won’t support Jordan,” Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs told the Caller.

    Maybe it’s time for 25 members to “work across the aisle” with conservatives for once?    Why is it that conservatives have to hold their noses and move Left?   It’s about time some others hold their noses and move Right!

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    “I have been told by a good number of people that their objection isn’t personal to Jim, it is that voting in Jordan is perceived to be rewarding Matt Gaetz and the rest of the eight. Others have indicated that some of Jim’s supporters wouldn’t support Scalise and so the holdouts won’t support Jordan,” Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs told the Caller.

    Maybe it’s time for 25 members to “work across the aisle” with conservatives for once? Why is it that conservatives have to hold their noses and move Left? It’s about time some others hold their noses and move Right!

    Exactly!

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  5. Bishop Wash Member
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    Who are these short-bus twenty-some Congressmen? Don’t they know that the spice Ukraine money must flow?

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  6. Doug Watt Member
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    Perhaps the compromise should be that Jordan will be supported if the rule is changed that a Speaker can be removed with a majority of House members rather than a Caucus majority.

    Right now, the perception is the House has become a dysfunctional Parliament that comes to a complete stop with inner party no confidence votes. 

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  7. DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue 🚫 Banned
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    “I have been told by a good number of people that their objection isn’t personal to Jim, it is that voting in Jordan is perceived to be rewarding Matt Gaetz and the rest of the eight. Others have indicated that some of Jim’s supporters wouldn’t support Scalise and so the holdouts won’t support Jordan,” Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs told the Caller.

    So petty.

    The same kind of pettiness that prevented them from working with the Orange Man. “We can’t normalize him!”

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    I’d like to spank all the House Republicans right now . . .

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  9. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    I’d like to spank all the House Republicans right now . . .

    I believe a boot in their a&&es would be a better course of action.  Just sayin…

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  10. Django Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    I’d like to spank all the House Republicans right now . . .

    BREAKING: All 8 Hero Republicans Who Voted to Remove McCarthy From Speakership Are ‘Prepared to Accept Censure, Suspension, or Removal’ From the Republican Conference in Return for Rep. Jim Jordan Being Elected Speaker (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit | by Jim Hᴏft

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  11. Manny Coolidge
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    Feuds and revenge within a party caucus is a really bad sign.  They have truly earned the moniker “The Stupid Party!”  

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  12. dajoho Member
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    Best Funny world war iii Memes - 9GAG

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  13. DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue 🚫 Banned
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    If you expressed hate for the eight you should have plenty for the twenty.

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  14. Django Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue (View Comment):

    If you expressed hate for the eight you should have plenty for the twenty.

    My long-time disgust with the GOPe may be clouding my judgement, but I’m beginning to think there is some connection between the refusal to vote for Jordan and the recent polls that show Trump leading Biden by a statistically significant margin in swing states. Would those 25 “no” votes show a willingness to sabotage the election rather than have Trump in office again? 

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  15. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    THE REPUBLICANS ARE ABOUT TO ELECT A DEMOCRAT AS LEADER.

    Do you see the UNIPARTY yet?

    It’s all about Ukraine.  That’s the one common thing that’s directed the Uniparty to this point since before 2019.  And it all started years before the war broke out.  What is so special about Ukraine that it determined the presidency and now the leadership of the House?

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  16. Saint Augustine Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue (View Comment):

    “I have been told by a good number of people that their objection isn’t personal to Jim, it is that voting in Jordan is perceived to be rewarding Matt Gaetz and the rest of the eight. Others have indicated that some of Jim’s supporters wouldn’t support Scalise and so the holdouts won’t support Jordan,” Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs told the Caller.

    So petty.

    The same kind of pettiness that prevented them from working with the Orange Man. “We can’t normalize him!”

    And so instead they keep normalizing everything that’s even worse.

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  17. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    I’d like to spank all the House Republicans right now . . .

    I am afraid that a few of them would enjoy it. 

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  18. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue (View Comment):

    If you expressed hate for the eight you should have plenty for the twenty.

    My long-time disgust with the GOPe may be clouding my judgement, but I’m beginning to think there is some connection between the refusal to vote for Jordan and the recent polls that show Trump leading Biden by a statistically significant margin in swing states. Would those 25 “no” votes show a willingness to sabotage the election rather than have Trump in office again?

    The McCain Caucus? 

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  19. Django Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Demagogue (View Comment):

    If you expressed hate for the eight you should have plenty for the twenty.

    My long-time disgust with the GOPe may be clouding my judgement, but I’m beginning to think there is some connection between the refusal to vote for Jordan and the recent polls that show Trump leading Biden by a statistically significant margin in swing states. Would those 25 “no” votes show a willingness to sabotage the election rather than have Trump in office again?

    The McCain Caucus?

    All I’m saying is that maybe I’m not crazy.

    EDIT: You Just Can’t Make This Up: GOP House Members Are Likely to Elect Former Soros Group Spokesman as Speaker of the House – Who Wanted to End Electoral College – AND There’s Video! | The Gateway Pundit | by Jim Hoft

    So we put in charge a guy who wants CA, NY, WA, OR and other left-leaning states, some of which would go against Trump 2-to-1, in charge. No, I’m definitely not crazy. Then again, if he’s the typical politician, he has no marketable skills and might have needed the money.

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  20. The Reticulator Member
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Feuds and revenge within a party caucus is a really bad sign. They have truly earned the moniker “The Stupid Party!”

    It would be nice to hear some substantive criticism of the 8 once in a while(*). All the screaming and name-calling makes me suspicious. 

    (*) Old Bathos did it once, showing it is indeed possible. 

     

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  21. Ekosj Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    Feuds and revenge within a party caucus is a really bad sign. They have truly earned the moniker “The Stupid Party!”

    It would be nice to hear some substantive criticism of the 8 once in a while(*). All the screaming and name-calling makes me suspicious.

    (*) Old Bathos did it once, showing it is indeed possible.

    I celebrate the 8.   It’s about time someone actually took the go-along-to-get-alongers “leading” the Republican Party to task and held them accountable for promising one set of actions and delivering another.   It’s been going on for decades.   ENOUGH!!!

    You want to drain the swamp?   This is what it looks like.   They won’t go quietly.

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  22. Terence Smith Coolidge
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Feuds and revenge within a party caucus is a really bad sign. They have truly earned the moniker “The Stupid Party!”

    In my mind the R’s have gone from the  thoroughly “stupid party” to the “stupid and a bit crazy” party.

    To be fair as Biden’s admin makes clear the D’s have gone also from the “evil party” to the “evil and incompetent party.”  

     

     

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  23. Terence Smith Coolidge
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    I have no idea who would be a good speaker so I accept that whoever has the support of the vast majority of the Republican caucus is likely to be the best choice. They are closer to the situation, know the people personally and have to live with and work with whoever ends up with the job.

    That was McCarthy followed by Jordan followed by Scalise. All three are out of it for now so as they move further down the list it seems like we are likely to do worse than what we started with.  It will take a “special” person to want a job where you get all the blame but have little authority to do what needs to be done. 

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  24. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    Terence Smith (View Comment):

    I have no idea who would be a good speaker so I accept that whoever has the support of the vast majority of the Republican caucus is likely to be the best choice. They are closer to the situation, know the people personally and have to live with and work with whoever ends up with the job.

    That was McCarthy followed by Jordan followed by Scalise. All three are out of it for now so as they move further down the list it seems like we are likely to do worse than what we started with. It will take a “special” person to want a job where you get all the blame but have little authority to do what needs to be done.

    So, at best, we’re going to be getting the fourth best possible Speaker.

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  25. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):

    Terence Smith (View Comment):

    I have no idea who would be a good speaker so I accept that whoever has the support of the vast majority of the Republican caucus is likely to be the best choice. They are closer to the situation, know the people personally and have to live with and work with whoever ends up with the job.

    That was McCarthy followed by Jordan followed by Scalise. All three are out of it for now so as they move further down the list it seems like we are likely to do worse than what we started with. It will take a “special” person to want a job where you get all the blame but have little authority to do what needs to be done.

    So, at best, we’re going to be getting the fourth best possible Speaker.

    Hopefully they will pick someone who would be the best possible Speaker, just a couple years earlier than expected.  

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  26. Saint Augustine Member
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    Terence Smith (View Comment):

    To be fair as Biden’s admin makes clear the D’s have gone also from the “evil party” to the “evil and incompetent party.”  

    And super crazy.

    What, after all, is a woman?

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  27. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Terence Smith (View Comment):

    To be fair as Biden’s admin makes clear the D’s have gone also from the “evil party” to the “evil and incompetent party.”

    And super crazy.

    What, after all, is a woman?

    If you don’t know I certainly can’t tell you.  I mean, I don’t know, either

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  28. Susan Quinn Member
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    St.A  and GM, don’t get too carried away! ;-)

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  29. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    St.A and GM, don’t get too carried away! ;-)

    Just like a chick to take us seriously.

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  30. Susan Quinn Member
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    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    St.A and GM, don’t get too carried away! ;-)

    Just like a chick to take us seriously.

    You are cruisin’ for a bruisin’ and your ship’s about to dock…

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