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McCarthyWhen I interviewed him yesterday for Uncommon Knowledge, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California, the new House Majority Leader, stressed the truly democratic character of the House of Representatives. Members of the House, he said with real affection for the institution, come from all walks of life. He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

Here’s the way Leader McCarthy summed it up:

I think of the Senate as a country club. The House of Representatives is more like a diner.

Beautiful.

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    A diner, eh? I’d be really interested to hear what James has to say about that.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 6:03 AM PDT
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  2. MLH Inactive

    Gary The Ex-Donk:

    A diner, eh? I’d be really interested to hear what James has to say about that.

     Ruth Chris Steak House, maybe?

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    • August 8, 2014, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  3. Spin Inactive
    SpinJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Is that why your stomach always feels so queazy after you go there?

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    • August 8, 2014, at 6:24 AM PDT
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  4. Jim Chase Member
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    They may come from all walks of life, and that’s a good thing. But so few *seem* to remain true to their roots after a few years on the Hill.

    To paraphrase Anton Ego: “Not everyone can become a politician; but a politician *can* come from *anywhere*”. I just wish the critical mass would arrive not content to play the game as it is, but to make their mark in such a way as to neuter the progressive plundering of our national panoply.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 6:45 AM PDT
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  5. Dave of Barsham Member

    Weird side note but I used to drive through Frog Jump on the way to my folk’s place just a few years ago. It’s as small as you’d think :)

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    • August 8, 2014, at 7:28 AM PDT
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  6. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Peter Robinson: He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

    Somebody please go through the history books and find out how many of the “farmers from frog jump” achieved positions of power and authority within the House of Representatives, compared to the Ivy League lawyers.

    Could it possibly be that those in positions of power and authority like to bring “farmers from frog jump” into the House because they are seen as being easier to control and less of a threat to the elite’s status and position?

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    • August 8, 2014, at 8:57 AM PDT
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  7. Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson

    Misthiocracy:

    Peter Robinson: He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

    Somebody please go through the history books and find out how many of the “farmers from frog jump” achieved positions of power and authority within the House of Representatives, compared to the Ivy League lawyers.

    Could it possibly be that those in positions of power and authority like to bring “farmers from frog jump” into the House because they are seen as being easier to control and less of a threat to the elite’s status and position?

    For the record, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who holds no law degree, is a graduate of the California State University at Bakersfield, while the only man in the House who outranks him, Speaker John Boehner, also not lawyer, is a graduate of Xavier University–and the first in his family to attend college.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 9:11 AM PDT
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  8. BuckeyeSam Inactive

    Kevin McCarthy: Amnesty shill.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 9:44 AM PDT
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  9. Blue Yeti Admin

    Apologies for the quality of the photo. Not my best work.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 9:49 AM PDT
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  10. Dave of Barsham Member

    Blue Yeti:

    Apologies for the quality of the photo. Not my best work.

     That’s the last straw. I want a refund.

    /sarc

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    • August 8, 2014, at 10:03 AM PDT
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  11. Scott R Member
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    Peter Robinson:

    Misthiocracy:

    Peter Robinson: He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

    Somebody please go through the history books and find out how many of the “farmers from frog jump” achieved positions of power and authority within the House of Representatives, compared to the Ivy League lawyers.

    Could it possibly be that those in positions of power and authority like to bring “farmers from frog jump” into the House because they are seen as being easier to control and less of a threat to the elite’s status and position?

    For the record, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who holds no law degree, is a graduate of the California State University at Bakersfield, while the only man in the House who outranks him, Speaker John Boehner, also not lawyer, is a graduate of Xavier University–and the first in his family to attend college.

     And Paul Ryan’s a Miami of Ohio Redskin — er, Redhawk.

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    • August 8, 2014, at 3:23 PM PDT
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