We Had a Speaker Revolt Over Nothing
Meet the new CR, same as the old CR.
Congressman Mike Johnson seems like a harmless enough guy, a lawmaker serious about faith and his party. That he’s kinda boring is an asset in an era where the screens are dominated by politicians trying to one-up each other with gaudy personas. I just don’t know why no one filed a motion to vacate the Speakership after Johnson committed the exact same offense that McCarthy did.
That’s the story, right? That’s what we were told: That McCarthy cut a deal with Democrats to pass a CR that was wildly more conservative than the bill we ended up with — a bill that includes Ukraine funding, ATF funding, scant for the border, excesses for big government, required suspension of rules to pass and Democrat votes, all of the things that weren’t in the original, austere bill that we had to blow up because of reasons.
More and more those reasons look like petty disputes between McCarthy and McCarthy Jr., Matt Gaetz. I don’t dislike either man personally, having only met each of them once for about the same amount of minutes, but Gaetz the-earmark-king and big-spending McCarthy are almost literally the same guy from two different time periods existing simultaneously in the same universe. The rumors are that McCarthy didn’t stop some ethics investigation into Gaetz and Gaetz was mad, frankly we are all too busy trying to keep up in this Bidenonomy to track the daily petty in-fighting BS of two grown men.
As a founder of the modern-day tea party, I always had reservations about “young gun” McCarthy, which is separate from, and irrelevant to, the manner in which he was jettisoned from Speakership. I really don’t care. You won’t get someone with more conservative credentials given that we’ve only a three seat majority, so I was only ever concerned with getting anyone worse.
I’m also concerned with everyone being taken on a ride with the promise of delivering better, only to discover that it was never about getting something better for the voters, it was a giant, ego-stroking exercise that did nothing. It accomplished nothing. In fact, it did worse: It took the turd sandwich that McCarthy was fired for and got Republicans to accept it on the second go-around with the understanding that it was more conservative because McCarthy wasn’t at the helm. Democrats would be proud of the sleight of hand. We’re funding Ukraine, the ATF, all the same big government, and we suspended the normal rules to facilitate this — all things that were bad to do but now are OK to do now because principles or reasons.
Earlier today I asked Rep. Chip Roy how this CR which funds Ukraine, ATF, big gov, and required a compromise with Dems to pass, differs from the last CR that did the exact same thing?