Oh how we stand aghast
For Kevin McCarthy's past
A deep ignorance of history
His words, so preposterous and full of glee
In disrespect for our great land
He's revealed a ignorance grand
For ours is a nation
That oft takes possession
And to say it has not
Shows his lot
#AmericanHistory #McCarthy #Lies
Via historian Joshua Zeitz:
This guy represents CA in Congress — one of 9 current states whose territory the US won in part or whole during the Mexican War of 1848. Then there is the Spanish American War that saw the US take Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Otherwise solid history.
Think for one moment. In every single war that America has fought, we have never asked for land afterward—except for enough to bury the Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom
Per #GeorgeTakai 😶
So let me get this straight. The #GOP got rid of their #Speaker, Kevin #McCarthy, because he dared push through a continuing resolution on the budget with the help of mostly #Democrats. So after cycling through four possible other #leaders, they pick a guy with #zeroexperience and tons of skeletons, who then proposes and pushes through…a continuing #resolution on the #budget with the help of mostly Democrats. Genius.
"Because #Johnson couldn’t get #Republican votes to take up the government-funding resolution under normal procedures, he instead had to suspend the rules and pass it with a two-thirds majority. This meant that #Democrats would have to bail him out — just as they had #McCarthy...
So #MagaMike ended up working with #Democrats because the #MAGA party couldn't cross the finish line without them. He did the same thing that #McCarthy did but unlike McCarthy he won't suffer the same consequences. Why? Because he is the darling of the MAGA party. He's a religious, fascist, autocratic believer that wants the US to become like Iran.
*The Long National Nightmare Inflicted By The House GOP Isn’t Nearly Over*
#USPolitics #Politics #House #ContinuingResolution #SpeakerJohnson #HouseDemocrats #FistFights #McCarthy #TimBurchett #HouseOversight #BidenImpeachment #JamesComer #Moskowitz #Senate #SenateRepublicans #MarkwayneMullin #Teamsters #SeanOBrien #BernieSanders #GeorgeSantos #Funraiser #Guilty #Trump #TrumpThreats #NY #Fraud #JudgeEngoron
#DOJ #JackSmith #January6 #TrumpIndicted #Georgia #RICO #FaniWillis #ProtectiveOrder #ProfferVideos
Yesterday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Markwayne Mullin acted like middle school bullies because that's what Republicans do these days.
My favorite part of this recap is just how gleefully excited these reporters are. A sad day for democracy but a great day for ratings.
Today in Labor History November 15, 1919: The main headquarters of the New York City Wobblies (IWW) was ransacked and destroyed by agents acting under the US Attorney General Palmer. The Palmer raids were part of the first U.S. communist witch hunt, starting well before the more well-known McCarthy purges. It was also where J. Edgar Hoover cut his baby teeth. Between 1917 and 1919, the IWW membership had plummeted from 300,000 in the U.S. to around 30,000, due in large part to the mass arrests, murders and deportations of IWW members, anarchists, and other radicals during the Palmer raids.
*House sets up bruising 2024 spending fights*
[Note: We have a deal to keep the government open ... temporarily. Now what?]
#USPolitics #Politics #House #GovernmentShutdown #ContinuingResolution #SpeakerJohnson #McCarthy #MAGA #HouseGOP #HouseDemocrats #Appropriations #Senate
#RepresentativeTonyGonzales #TonyGonzales #SenateBankingCommittee #FDIC #Treasury #BankSecrecyAct #Marijuana
Pugilism is in; Civility is out with our #Republican legislators!
“It's no wonder that Americans gave #Congress an approval rating of 13% last month — its lowest mark since 2017.”
And remember when Rep #Rogers had to be restrained after lunging at Rep Gaetz!
*Letters from an American*
#USPolitics #Politics #Republicans #GOP #House #ContinuingResolution #HouseDemocrats #SpeakerJohnson #McCarthy #GOPInDisarray #RepublicanInfighting #RepublicansInDisarray #HouseGOP #HouseRepublicans #Fights
#FistFights #TimBurchett #JamesComer #SenateGOP #SenateRepublicans #MarkwayneMullin
#Biden #Inflation #SEC #WomensHealth #ClimateChange #Infrastructure #History #Histodons
Kevin McCarthy: Schlag in die Niere – Republikaner-Zwist im Kongress eskaliert
he collected money for Santos, then a candidate, by claiming he was seeking the contribution on the #McCarthy aide’s behalf...
Miele’s plea came three months after his arrest and it makes him the second person involved in Santos’s campaign to plead guilty to crimes involving the legislator, who also faces fraud charges."
More details on McCarthy's juvenile behavior.
Via NPR’s Claudia Grisales:
Have NEVER seen this on Capitol Hill:
While talking to Rep Tim Burchett after the GOP conference meeting, #McCarthy walked by with his detail and McCarthy shoved Burchett. Burchett lunged towards me. I thought it was a joke, it was not. And a chase ensued 1/…
Palestine Can’t Afford Silence https://unicornriot.ninja/2023/palestine-cant-afford-silence/ #Global #Protest_&_Direct_Action #aclu #antisemitism #antisemites #Gaza #Gaza_Strip #Israel #McCarthy #MInneapolis #MIRAC #palestine #palestine_legal #Rabbi_Jessica_Rosenberg #sds #sjp #Students_for_a_Democratic_Society #students_for_justice_in_palestine #women_against_military_madness #women_against_military_madness
Starting to think that Gym Jordan for #Speaker was a head fake & that these white nationalist, Christofascists & the few semi-intelligent members of the #ChaosCaucus, had #MagaMikeJohnson in mind for the job as soon as they booted #McCarthy.
So a lot of people, self included, had fun watching the #HouseGOP turn into the Kilkenny Cats the last 3+ weeks. Funny, right?
Except not. Because now it's clear who owns the GOP. It was his gang that got #McCarthy booted out, and then made it clear #Scalise would not be it, and that put forward #JimJordan and then sank #TomEmmer in hours. And it was his gang that got his fervent ally, Mike Johnson, through UNANIMOUSLY.
Jezebel: Sex. Celebrity. Politics. With Teeth: New House Speaker Mike Johnson Wants Women to Pop Out 'Able-Bodied Workers' to Fund Social Security https://jezebel.com/new-house-speaker-mike-johnson-wants-women-to-pop-out-a-1850958311 #Jezebel #rightwingpopulismintheunitedstates #americanpeopleofgermandescent #hakeemjeffries #elisestefanik #humaninterest #freedomcaucus #stevescalise #socialissues #mikejohnson #angiecraig #mattgaetz #jimjordan #tomemmer #politics #mccarthy #wade #roe
“Asked why the idea — which lacks key details, like how it would be enacted and whether it could even gain enough traction to happen — was being floated now, a GOP lawmaker replied: ‘🔸We’re desperate🔸.’”
The full chamber will now vote on the #Minnesota congressman's candidacy, though it is unclear if he can win
Mr #Emmer emerged as the party's pick in a series of secret internal ballots
The US legislature has been unable to pass bills since Kevin #McCarthy was removed on 3 October
"Even as Americans watch as the mean-spirited, violence-threatening, authoritarian face of the GOP rears itself, they are being taught a valuable lesson that would never have occurred had Democrats simply done the 'nice' thing—the “expected” thing—as they nearly always do, in keeping Rep. Kevin McCarthy afloat."
“Every single Republican voted for it. They knowingly made Congress dysfunctional.” There. Are. No. Moderates. Clear?
Via Rep Casten:
McCarthy changed rules pkg in 118th Cong to put the nihilists in chg & then every sgl Repub voted for it. They knowingly made Cong dysfunctional. They know that's true...which is why they're so angry at themselves right now.
Welker: What do you say to Americans who look at this chaos & blue it's a sign GOP can’t govern?
#McCarthy: Well, it's embarrassing
Still Munching On Popcorn #Political #Limerick about #House #Republicans
Schadenfreude, redux, via Rupar:
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REPORTER: Is the Republican conference broken?
#McCARTHY: We're in a very bad place right now, yes
#McCarthy scolds #Gaetz in #GOP meeting: ‘Sit your ass down’ https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4265490-mccarthy-scolds-gaetz-in-gop-meeting-sit-your-ass-down/
Rep Austin Scott (R-GA), who ran a protest candidacy against Rep #JimJordan last wk, said some members want to enforce a “majority of the majority,” meaning that if >½ of #HouseRepublicans endorse the proposal to expand #Speaker Pro Tempore #PatrickMcHenry’s powers, it would not be brought to the floor for a vote.
Who had the 2 votes for #mccarthy lol ?
No path for #jordan
Republican vote for Jeffries?
Democrat vote for Jordan?
He just does not learn.
#McCarthy in fiery exchange with reporter blames Dems for bringing ‘chaos’ with ouster
U.S. "House Republicans are leaderless and rudderless as they go back to the drawing board to sketch a path out of the mess they’ve gotten themselves into."
The Hill reports on the fallout after Majority Leader Steve Scalise dropped out of the Speaker's race: https://flip.it/5OqX7B
📡 Dysfunction in #DC leaves #MiddleEast without key diplomats: Having no #US ambassador to #Israel in place and #Republicans holding up more than 300 military promotions is a threat to democracy #Gaza #Tuberville #McCarthy #Republican #USA #NationalSecurity #diplomacy #policy #ForeignPolicy #military #war #defense #Pentagon https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/12/us-israel-gaza-dysfunction-democracy
I mean, sure, it would be better for the country if there were a grownup at Speaker and better still if the #GOP was not filled with batshit insane crazy people.
But if the producers in this Realty TV Show keep scripting as well as this, I'll stick around for a week or so.
“He told a lot of people he would be at 150 and he wasn’t there.”
Note to Politico: If they support McCarthy, they’re not “centrists,” they’re fascists who also support Trump.
“A bloc of Kevin #McCarthy's most vocal GOP supporters, many of them centrists, are vowing to nominate the former speaker to return to the job and support him for as long as they can.”
Who then? Please, not McCarthy... Insurrection, then resurrection?
Via Manu Raju:
Rep. Don Bacon told me it would be “very hard” to back a candidate endorsed by the eight Rs who booted #McCarthy.
“They don't support our party. All these folks care about is media clicks.”
“We're not here to accommodate eight people who just kicked us in the shins really bad.”
No, assclown, you got that backwards. It was 8 Republicans who joined with 208 Democrats.
Dems were *never* going to vote for anyone but their Minority Leader because that’s what the minority party always does. Hoping for anything else was just demanding someone else clean up your mess, you entitled prick.
Via @atrupar who posted a vid of this, which I won't share because he says it all right here:
You won’t find a better encapsulation of #NancyMace’s phoniness than her going on CBS today & claiming her big problem with #McCarthy was he didn’t do enough for abuse survivors, then in the next breath endorsing #GymJordan for speaker. She stands for nothing beyond getting on TV.
Kevin #McCarthy considers resigning from the #House before the end of his term https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/06/kevin-mccarthy-considers-resigning-congress-00120381
Israel’s ambassador to the #UnitedStates, Michael Herzog, hailed the call between #Biden & #Netanyahu & expressed confidence that the WH & #Congress would be able to provide any needed support to #Israel.
“Right now we are assessing the situation, assessing our needs, &, to the extent that we will need some support, we will not hesitate to ask for it,” he said.
The #House is operating w/o a #speaker after #fringe #RightWing #extremists ousted #McCarthy bringing the chamber to a standstill.
"McCarthy thought he could harness forces of disruption. Instead they devoured him.
As far back as 2009, the future House speaker tried to channel the anti-politician, tea-party wave building into a political force, but the movement crushed him."
~ Paul Kane
Destroying is what destroyers do. Unleash those energies, and there's no controlling them.
"KEVIN MCCARTHY IS THE LATEST but doubtless not the last Republican to find out that when you’re Donald Trump, they let you do it—and when you’re not, they don’t. So many deals, so many pledges, so many lies and reversals, so much hypocrisy and selling out. So much disregard for principle, truth, and consequences.
And for what?"
~ Jill Lawrence
🤦🏻♀️😂 Former House Speaker Kevin #McCarthy denied reports on Friday that he's thinking about resigning from Congress before his term concludes in 2025, after after hardline Republicans and Democrats forced him out of the speaker's chair earlier this week.
Kevin #McCarthy considers resigning from the House before the end of his term
The deposed former speaker has made clear he plans to stay at least through the speakership election before ending his House career, two people familiar with the matter tell POLITICO
Kevin #McCarthy is considering resigning from the House before the end of his term, two people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
US-Repräsentantenhaus: Trump unterstützt Kandidatur von Jordan
Der frühere US-Präsident Trump unterstützt eine Kandidatur des republikanischen Abgeordneten Jordan für den Vorsitz des Repräsentantenhauses. Jordan gilt als einer seiner vehementesten Unterstützer im Kapitol.
“#Corrosion has reached the heart of #power w/no plan other than #chaos & the personal promotion of the minority group that has taken #democracy hostage,” noted #ElPais…. It urged #Washington’s elites to “put institutions ahead of #politics.”
…Roland Nelles, …(of) #DerSpiegel, wrote that #McCarthy’s removal was an illustration of a system that “is rotting from within” & raised fresh questions about the viability of the #UnitedStates model of #democracy as an inspiration to nations elsewhere.
"Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo commented: 'The idea that D[emocrat]s should have bailed out McCarthy is a codicil of the larger logic of DC punditry in which R[epublican] bad behavior/destruction is assumed, a baseline like weather, and D[emocrat]s managing the consequences of that behavior is a given.'"
~ Heather Cox Richardson
Following Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster as U.S. House speaker, names have started to emerge as possible successors to take over the gavel.
CNN reports "any speaker hopefuls will need to find 218 votes, or the majority of lawmakers present and voting."
acting Speaker, operated outside of carefully crafted House rules when he evicted Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the former Democratic Majority Leader, from their Capitol Hill offices just hours after Republicans ousted #McCarthy
He says the “Speaker pro tempore” has one job only: help elect a new Speaker of the House.
Didn't. Lift. A. Finger.
Didn't lift a finger to help the man who sold his very soul, his integrity and reputation, to serve the agenda of the morally filthy reprobate who pulls the strings for the party that has willingly enslaved itself to him, to their great woe.
This ever idolaters….
"It's the Democrats' fault" is the entirely predictable, utterly lame, and lamentably immature response of McCarthy and Republican leaders to the fragmentation of their party — which they themselves have created by courting what used to be called their loony fringe but is now their center.
They're bullies, and bullies are unformed adolescents in hulking mature bodies. Bullies are people who have not grown up enough to take responsibility.
I think it would have been great to get a power-sharing agreement, but REPUBLICANS rejected it. #McCarthy refused any deals. And (see picture) the Republicans KNOW it's their fault.
2. McCarthy was a super-weak leader, beholden to the WORST Republicans. Now it's even clearer to a large number of folks how bad the rot is. Is it great? No, this actually sucks -- we're still staring down a new shutdown, and the Republicans are out of their minds.
"Trump’s MAGA caucus demonstrated today, for anyone who still has doubts, that they lack any interest in governing. They are the party of Trump and of Steve Bannon, interested in burning down the house. But for what? For fun? For pleasure? Certainly not for the American people."
"It was a day for sad firsts, further evidence of the damage Donald Trump has done and continues to do to our country. Today was the first time a (thankfully former) American president behaved in such an outrageous manner as a defendant in a civil lawsuit that a judge entered a gag order against him. And it was the first time a Speaker of the House was removed by a motion to vacate."
~ Joyce Vance @JoyceVance
"It is the nature of nihilistic, burn-it-to-the-ground extremists to destroy everything around them, including the very party that once carried them to victory. …
One thing is clear, however: It was Trump, acting behind the scenes by pressing extremists to hold the line against the budget, who is in large part to blame for the destruction of the House GOP caucus."
~ Jay Kuo
OFFS. These infantile GOP misfits are unfit for office.
Via Jake Sherman:
NEWS — HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP has kicked Rep Steny Hoyer out of his Capitol hideaway.
Expect more of this, GOP sources tell us.
News at 9AM: Paris Fashion Week is dominated by mega influencers. US financial markets are falling due to high interest rate fears. Political uncertainty continues in #Spain following the election. The HS2 West Midlands-Manchester line has been scrapped, with alternative projects to be announced by the #UK PM. #Ukraine calls for international help as western allies run low on ammunition. A historic vote sees Kevin #McCarthy ousted as US #House #Speaker, with Rep. #KevinMcCarthy #BBC #News
News at 6AM: Kevin #McCarthy has been removed as US #House #Speaker, marking a historic first. The successor remains unclear, with Rep. Patrick McHenry appointed as Speaker Pro Tempore. The US financial markets are falling due to fears of high interest rates, while political uncertainty continues in #Spain post-election. A bus accident in Venice resulted in at least 21 fatalities. Shanti Pereira made history by winning Singapore's first sprint gold medal since 1974 at the Asian Games. #BBC
There have been 500 mass shootings in America in 2023. There have been -44,000- wildfires in America in 2023. There has been flooding from Kentucky to Manhattan since August. One of our closest allies is being invaded and blown to crap by one of our oldest adversaries. These people use our money to pay themselves to do nothing but act like 6th-grade bullies trying to dunk on the kids who actually do their homework. F*ck them all.
#McCarthy suggests that Matt #Gaetz is not a real #conservative, after voting w/ #Democrats against #GOP spending bills. “It had nothing to do about spending," he said, adding, "It was all about getting attention.”
McCarthy says he “hasn’t thought about” #resigning from Congress. There is some precedent for that: When John #Boehner faced a motion to vacate in 2015, he relinquished the speaker’s gavel & resigned rather than face a vote on the #House floor.