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House Republicans predictably elected Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader today (Thursday June 19). No doubt McCarthy was looking forward to headlining the news above the fold in every mainstream publication as a result of his win but it was not to be – Scott Walker (diary by Puddytat) and Chris Christie (diary by HoundDog) vied for those headlines and it was Walker who won by a long neck.

I declare Walker the winner by virtue of the fact that the banner headline Scott Walker Involved in Criminal Scheme broke through the Republican media cone of silence in no less than 18 Wisconsin publications (diary by Billionaires for Wealthcare). That tough bubble, which had previously cocooned Walker, has finally burst and the repercussions for Walker’s campaign, though still in the early speculative stages, will inevitably be very damning.

As you can see, it's all too easy to forget McCarthy in all the drama and excitement of the Walker and Christie coverage.

McCarthy’s never cut much of a figure in the media anyway, almost always relegated to after-thought status by mainstream media and blogging pundits alike. His dream of finally landing in the spotlight were dashed against the rocks of Republican corruption today then further held under water by quotes such as this in Huff Post:

Ahead of the elections, some conservative analysts cautioned against replacing Cantor with McCarthy, arguing that Republicans were ignoring the main lesson of Cantor’s primary defeat: voters are frustrated with the current leadership in Washington.

"It would be bizarre if instead of going in a new direction after this stunning defeat, House Republicans just rallied around Cantor's own pick," Philip Klein wrote in The Washington Examiner. "It would be beyond tone-deaf. It would be pure absurdity."

Nevertheless, rally around Canto'r pick they did. Then, of course, McCarthy’s elevation to House Majority Leader left his former position of Majority Whip vacant. That election went to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, in what was likely a sop for the Tea Partyers who were never in a position to take the House Majority Leader’s position with Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) as their candidate, or with any candidate for that matter.

It’s going to be a busy week for political pundits and somewhere, further down on their To Do Lists will be McCarthy and Scalise in the mix. However, it may dampen their enthusiasm for in-depth analysis given that these two are only guaranteed to keep their new positions until November, at which point House Republicans will vote on who their leadership should be for the next two years.

What happens in November to McCarthy and Scalise will be contingent on how well the Republican Party does in the general election and how well they do will be dependent on public perception of the Republican Party – which brings us right back to Scott Walker and Chris Christie. What a year it’s turning out to be!

Originally posted to Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:54 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:54:39 PM PDT

  •  I'm glad to hear Walker is maker headlines in (5+ / 0-)

    Wisconsin.

    Great post, thanks

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    by HoundDog on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:03:57 PM PDT

    •  It's not in your league HoundDog (2+ / 0-)
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      so I'm blushing at the compliment!

      I very quickly scrambled it together because I thought someone should mention McCarthy! Had the Christie-Walker headlines not erupted today, it's likely that McCarthy would have grabbed the headline... poor little Kevvy, he can't even win on a good day.  (◕‿◕)

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:07:58 PM PDT

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    •  Just edited this diary (4+ / 0-)

      to link to pertinent diaries and credit you, Puddytat and Billionaires for Wealthcare with essential source information. I always intended to link to them but, in my rush to publish, missed those three links so rectified that oversight as quickly as I could.

      I am really indebted to you and Puddytat in particular for your ground-breaking and follow-up work. You're both great inspirations to diarists here.

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:23:14 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks Mopshell, you didn't need to do that. (0+ / 0-)

        This is supposed to be a blog site so people can just chat.

        So no need to be formal. I'm practicing writing so I too often overdo it.

        I'm glad you've joined up from HuffPo.

        I noticed you didn't publish in the HuffPost Community group you started. You did republish it. Which is fine. I'm just curious if you know how to post your dairies through your group?

        After you select publish, and the options box opens up, you can choose the third option instead of the first, and then should Post Huff Post and then publish. You then have to go through the extra step of clicking on the orange text "go to group" and then publish it there as well. Then you will see your cool logo up  in the upper left hand corner your name will appears as Mopshell writing for PHP or whatever group you are posting in.

        Cheers.

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        by HoundDog on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:41:13 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah I do know how to publish (0+ / 0-)

          direct to the group but sometimes I forget (as in today) because I'm in a hurry to post it or because I want my avi on the story (as with the Australiana 101 series). As soon as I realized I'd published this diary directly I republished it to the group.

          Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

          by Mopshell on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:46:19 PM PDT

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      •  well done! (0+ / 0-)

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:32:21 PM PDT

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  •  IS MCCARTHY VULNERABLE AT ALL? (3+ / 0-)
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    Would be pretty sweet to knock off another one.

    •  I wondered this too and checked it out. (0+ / 0-)

      McCarthy represents District 23 (Bakersfield) in California and, according the LA Times publication of the open primary results, no-one, not one person from either party, ran against McCarthy so he is effectively re-elected. He doesn't even have to bother campaigning.

      Why, in such a blue state as California, where McCarthy has been touted as the successor to Cantor even well before the latter's defeat, no-one ran against him seems very short-sighted, especially now.

      So, sadly, the answer to your question is no, he is not vulnerable at all.

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:31:37 AM PDT

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  •  Nobody cares; there was Iraq also (0+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:38:33 AM PDT

    •  Yes, very true... (0+ / 0-)

      But I daresay McCarthy and Scalise cared and, more to the point, the Republican Party in general would have preferred good news for them on the front page rather than the Walker and Christie stories. For Thursday at least, Iraq was pushed off the front page and it wasn't good news for Republicans.

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:46:39 AM PDT

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      •  Except for us political news junkies (1+ / 0-)
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        Mopshell

        I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

        by a2nite on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:26:05 AM PDT

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