Rep. Kevin McCarthy didn’t take the Ethics Alarms ethics advice to withdraw from the race to become the next Speaker of the House. Instead, he hung on to barely squeak by on a 15th ballot, the most required to anoint a new Speaker since before the Civil War. To accomplish this, he made so many concessions to his GOP opposition that he evoked memories of the 1968 Presidential race, when it was said of Hubert Humphrey that he so wanted to be President that he showed himself unworthy of the office by the manner of his pursuit of it. McCarthy, it must be said, is no Humphrey: he is now a small, undistinguished and petty politician in a big job, the very epitome of the Peter Principle in action.
Observation 1: It tells you all you need to know about the state of the slim GOP House majority that Matt Gaetz, one of the truly creepy members of Congress, was a power broker in this mess. Just look at this guy. And in order to get the job he so covets, McCarthy gave him more power than he already had, and he already had too much because his brain dead district sent him to D.C. One of the concessions McCarthy made to flip the party members voting against him was to alter House rules so a single member could trigger a challenge to his leadership. This not only gives tremendous leverage to Gaetz, but other incompetent and untrustworthy Republican members, like Margorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, and even the unimaginably dishonest George Santos. Yes, McCarthy has to ask “How high?” when Lying George tells him to jump too, or risk another 15 ballot siege.
Observation 2: Democrats and the news media (but I repeat myself) enjoyed blathering about how the McCarthy floor fight showed the lack of leadership in the Republican Party. I submit that this is an accusation Democrats have a lot of gall making against anyone, with a half-conscious Democratic President, an embarrassingly inept Vice-President, and the just-exiting antediluvian Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their party’s most prominent leaders. This is more than the pot calling the kettle black: this is the kettle calling the kettle black. The leadership of both parties and the nation as a whole is weak and corrupt, arguably as weak and corrupt as it has ever been. In hindsight, Lyndon Johnson looks like a giant, and Ronald Reagan a colossus. Who can Democrats point to today as respectable, credible party leaders? Elizabeth Warren? Pete Buttigieg? Old School hack Chuck Schumer?
Observations 3, 4, and 5…The Speaker vote did do some good, though. It prompted a smoking gun op-ed from Yale history prof Joanne Freeman. I say “smoking gun” because it is marvelous evidence of several conclusions Ethics Alarms has emphasized for a long, long time:
- Bias makes you stupid. It even makes highly credentialed scholars from Yale stupid
- The Left’s mouthpieces in academia really think those little people without advanced degrees will swallow whatever contrived nonsense they deliver. They must think that, or they wouldn’t write junk like “If History Is Any Guide, a Chaotic House Speaker Vote Is Just the Beginning.”
- Historians no longer can be trusted to provide anything of value to our perspective on the present, because they have allowed their discipline to become cripplingly politicized.
You have to read this thing. It’s really something. As long as the professor sticks to history—she recounts the circumstances of previous extended Speaker selection battle— it is useful and interesting stuff. But she cannot help herself: the essay then descends into partisan talking points, because that’s what today’s academics have devolved into: Democrat operatives with degrees. She writes, for example,
In campaigning for the 2021 midterm elections, the G.O.P. rode a wave of extremism, saying little about the politics of hate and denial practiced by some of its candidates in an effort to capture votes.
Yup, that was the Democratic marketing consultants-approved message alright. Republicans were Nazis, fascists, racists and homophobes who wanted to reduce women to baby-making slaves and were dangers to democracy. Nah, nothing extreme or hateful about that “wave”!
After years of election denial, promises broken and lies abounding, the left has little faith in the right.
The left has little faith in the right? Democrats have been denying elections for more than two decades. They pushed through two single-party impeachments that lacked legal or Constitutional legitimacy. They used a “recovered memory” accuser to smear a Supreme Court nominee, and a fake Russian conspiracy claim to hobble an elected President. The Democratic Speaker openly mocked the Republican President during his State of the Union address, in defiance of all ‘democratic norms.”
Promises to support key bills or logrolling mean nothing in a party that has very little real planned legislation and very few policies.
The Republican Party has one very clear goal and policy: to do everything it can to block the attempt of an increasingly anti-American, anti-democracy, anti-free speech opposition to steer the nation toward Marxism, racial spoils, favored groups discrimination, and the suppression of individual liberties. It doesn’t need a lot of legislation to accomplish that mission, and it is a mission crucial to the survival of the nation as the unique society it was designed to be.
The House has elected a speaker, but that won’t put an end to the internecine Republican battles. They will continue, entangling Congress and stymieing national politics in the process. Politics is a team sport that requires captains, congressional politics, even more so. Today’s congressional Republicans are not a team; they have no captain and they have displayed their failings for all the world to see.
The House Democrats, in contrast, reflect the Borg-like single mindedness of the Communist Party in the USSR. This, to the Yale professor, is a good thing.
I’m not surprised.