Does the GOP, Other Factors Hide McCarthy’s Bid to Become a House Speaker?


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Earth’s shadow first skimmed the edge of the lunar disk at 2:18 am ET on Friday. This is the beginning of an eclipse known as the “Beaver Moon”, the longest lunar eclipse since 1440.

In other words, the last time this happened, it was still 52 years before Christopher Columbus set sail to find his way to Asia.

House Republicans have not searched for a House Speaker, and they can all gather for 580 years.

At least it seems like that.

Perhaps House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Was five hours and 38 minutes into his speech when the eclipse began last Friday morning. By morning, McCarthy’s rhetoric became the longest speech in House history.

During the Marathon House speech, McCarthy accused the AOC, Tim Ryan, of ‘heckling,’ “trying to shut me up.”

McCarthy’s speech is the longest speech since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Established the eight-hour and seven-minute mark in February 2018. When McCarthy finished Saturday morning, eight hours and 32 minutes – the eclipse was still going.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in California speaks on April 22, 2021 in Washington.
(Associated Press)

On the face of it, McCarthy’s speech was a screed against the passage of the Democrats’ social spending bill. But in reality, McCarthy’s announcement was part of the campaign – a stump speech to become the speaker of McCarthy House if the GOP seized control of the Chamber in the interim 2022.

The treacherous path

Here’s why it’s a treacherous path for Republicans when it comes to House Speaker selection over the years.

Back to the end of 1998. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a tired Republican from R-Ga. The GOP lost control of the House in mid-1998. Gingrich damaged goods after a major ethical investigation.

The public felt that Gingrich played his hand with President Clinton’s indictment. Political analysts were better than Clinton Gingrich in the standoff of an epic government shutdown in late 1995 and early 1996.

So Gingrich moved aside.

Gingrich was succeeded by former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., As GOP choice. But on the day that House voted to impeach Clinton in December 1998, Livingston announced in January 1999 that he would not stand for Speaker. Livingston is known to have his own marital infidelity.

The next logical choice would be then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. But Delay was radioactive.

Tucked away in obscurity, down the ladder of the GOP leadership, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

An exotic choice

Although the delay was a problem for the party, Hastert was the odd choice for the GOP. But Republicans say Hastert’s low-key, under-the-radar style is the better option after the bombastic Gingrich.

Although Hastert is the second-tier default candidate from the GOP – he became the longest-serving Republican House Speaker in history.

That said, it has always been suggested that pulling the strings behind the front of the Hastert is really late.

5 Major McCarthy Quotes from the Record-Length House Floor Speech

The GOP lost control of the House in 2006. Hastert did not seek a leadership post in 2007 and stepped down later that year.

However, it was not until 2015 that the public took to knowing that Hastert had illegally served bank withdrawals as hush money. The Feds argued that Hastert made a withdrawal to silence people after decades of harassment as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher. Hastert then served long as a US officer serving a prison sentence.

In late 2005, DeLay stepped down from her leadership post due to her own moral problems. The delay was put on trial in court, convicted and later acquitted. But the damage was done.

Enter Bohner

Future House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, current sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., – then a congressman – is upset at the race for Daley to succeed as a majority leader. Some expected Bohner’s victory. Then in January 2011, Boehner made it an easy choice for Republicans to matriculate the speaker. Republicans seized control of the House by Democrats in mid-2010, winning an astonishing 63 seats.

But Boehner’s hand was a problem from the beginning.

Ohio Republican John Boehner retired from Capitol Hill in 2015 as House Speaker.  (Reuters)

Ohio Republican John Boehner retired from Capitol Hill in 2015 as House Speaker. (lbl)

The GOP won the House because voters outraged dozens of “Tea Party” conservatives about government spending and pushed the Obamacare party to a majority. However, some demands from voters – and promises made by Republicans – were not realistic. The party never repealed and never replaced Obamacare. When deficit spending came to an end in 2011, the Republicans won a modest victory. But the spending cuts were not deep enough to satisfy some conservatives.

Conservatives pulled Boehner through a debt ceiling crisis with President Obama over spending in the summer of 2011 and the government’s shutdown in the fall of 2013.

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Was supposed to be Bohner’s successor. But Cantor lost his primary in the spring of 2014. Cantor resigned. That pushed McCarthy to the post of majority leader.

When it came time to choose a new speaker in January 2015, some conservatives were worried about Bohner.

Boehner held up. Bare.

Wrestling for years

But this brings us to the essence of what Republicans have struggled with in recent years with House Speakership. The House Speaker should get the full majority of the entire House, not just the majority of votes. The House consists of 435 members. The successful speaker candidate must marshal 218 votes.

The House cannot conduct business until the Speaker is elected.

This exercise of electing a speaker consumed months before the House was finally settled in Speaker Howell Cobb, D-Ga., In 1863. – On the 63rd ballot. Speaker Frederick Gillett, R-Mass., Took nine ballots in three days before he won the necessary votes in 1923. The vote did not go to a second vote for the speaker to elect Gillette by that vote.

Kevin McCarty started the fight to build gloves better and the mid-2022s

But in January 2015, there was a rebellion among some Tea Party affiliate Republicans hoping to reduce Bohner.

His coup attempt failed.

Bohner clung to the Speakership in January 2015 as several members were absent on the first day of Congress. In other words, the House actually started with less membership than usual. Because many members were absent at the funeral of the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo. When the Speaker took the vote, the House still had to take the oath of office. So Boehner benefited from the smaller House size at the beginning of that Congress.

Meadows Resolution

Ditente, however, did not last much longer.

By mid-July, then-delegate. Mark Meadows, RN.C., drafted a resolution that would serve as a threat to Boehner. Meadows’ decision would “empty the chair” and force the Speaker to vote in the middle of Congress.

Meadows did not formally act on his decision. But Boehner got the message. Boehner announced his resignation in September.

McCarthy is the next guy. For a week, McCarthy seemed to have a job in the bag.

Mark Meadows once created a resolution that would serve as a threat to John Boehner.

Mark Meadows once created a resolution that would serve as a threat to John Boehner.

But some Republicans believed McCarthy Boehner’s second would come. Rumors circulated about McCarthy’s personal behavior. McCarthy made the Fox Pass when he appeared on Fox. He suggested that the only reason to investigate Benghazi was to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Some Republicans were looking for a reason to knock McCarthy in the first place. Top McCarthy aides told Fox at the time that their boss would fall short of the 218 votes needed to get the Speaker to win the floor vote.

McCarthy was out of the race at the last moment.

Republicans had all sorts of ideas about what to do next.

Future House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Said he won’t run. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., Stepped in as an alternative candidate. Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, ran. Rep. Michael McCall, R-Tex., Flirted with the run. Then did — the representative. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.

Krauthammer for the speaker?

Republicans were so divided that it was impossible for any candidate to get a full majority on the floor to become a speaker. There was also chatter about House Republicans creating non-members to become Speaker. That has never happened. Some members of the Freedom Caucus, however, ran the late columnist Charles Krauthammer for speaker.

There is no rule that the Speaker must be a member of the House.

Some Republicans once floated the idea of ​​nominating Charles Krauthammer to become House Speaker.

Some Republicans once floated the idea of ​​nominating Charles Krauthammer to become House Speaker.

More about that in a moment.

After much teething, Ryan was the only consensus man the Republicans liked – he wasn’t interested.

Ryan eventually repented and won the speakership. Republicans may be waiting for the next eclipse to choose a speaker if Ryan does not step forward.

Ryan held the job until Jan. 3, 2019, when Pelosi took over as speaker.

Which brings us back to McCarthy.

McCarthy is now in a good position to become a speaker if the GOP turns 20 in 2022. But some spirits are still working against him. Some moderate GOPs believe McCarthy is the one who has resurrected former President Trump’s career after the January riots. Others believe McCarthy is still “too established.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., Views McCarthy as “weak.”

There is a lot of hatred.

The winning candidate must achieve the full majority of the entire House to become a speaker – not more votes.

Trump for the Speaker position?

Re-enter former President Marc Meadows, who tried to evaporate Boehner’s Speakership in 2015.

Meadows triggered things in a recent podcast. Known for his political Molotov cocktails, Meadows blasted McCarthy for voting for the 13 GOPs on the infrastructure bill. Some Republicans want to release those members from McCarthy’s committee assignments.

“I would love to see Nancy Pelosi go from Donald Trump,” Meadows said on the podcast. “You talk about melting. People get mad.”

“I would love to see Nancy Pelosi go from Donald Trump. You talk about melting down. People get mad.”

– Mark Meadows

It is not clear how serious this situation is. But considering the former president’s position in the party, it is unclear how McCarthy will perform in the 2023 floor ballot if Mr Trump wants to become speaker.

This underscores the difficulty faced by Republicans trying to rally around the Speaker of the House. It finally fell to Ryan after a very tumultuous battle backstage six years ago. Boehner received the pass – at first. But some of the problems that the GOP faces when choosing a speaker are when Gingrich moved aside in the late 1990s.

The potential push to become President Trump’s speaker represents one of the most extraordinary moves in American political history. Perhaps even more unlikely than Mr Trump’s surprise victory in 2016 against Hillary Clinton.

But President Trump also needs the full House majority to become Speaker. 218 votes.

And if Republicans stick to choosing between McCarthy or a former president, a fierce battle could take 580 years to settle.

Like an eclipse.


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