Kevin McCarthy is now an eleven time loser!
His credibility as a political leader and the reputation of the Republican party have been irreparably damaged while Democrats are looking solid & unified.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries is slated to become the first black leader of a party in the US Congress, receiving 212 votes from Democrats on eleven ballots and 211 on the 12th.
But right-wing GOP members of the House of Representatives have been intransigent in their opposition to McCarthy, resulting in chaos and disunity.
It's very obvious now that Republicans need to find another candidate for Speaker of the House. McCarthy is a huge embarrassment for conservatives, and through obstructionism and grandstanding, right-wingers are destroying the legitimacy of the party.
At a press conference on January 4, former US Army General Trent Kelly (Representative from Mississippi) criticized members of the Republican party who refused to vote for Kevin McCarthy. Trent accused renegade members of his party of demanding "unconditional surrender".
During that press briefing the message from members of the House who have served in the military is that a minority of Republicans in the House are obstructing the process of electing a Speaker.
Committee assignments and work on critical intelligence and security issues are on hold. Foreign governments have been critical of the US for the current chaos in the House of Representatives. Our reputation as an international leader is in question.
Even some commentators on that infamous right-wing propaganda machine Fox News are nervous about the infighting in the party, and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida actually cast his vote for serial liar and criminal Donald Trump!
After listening to callers to C-SPAN's coverage of the proceedings in the House, I'm convinced this nation will never be unified as long as extremist right-wingers control the political agenda. These demagogues continue to call Democrats "socialists" no matter what they do. This type of mass political brainwashing will never allow for real public minded debate, and their animosity towards the leadership of their own party is almost as vitriolic as their hatred of Dems.
We are witnessing the disintegration of confidence in the Republican party on a daily basis. They are sure to suffer some loss of support during upcoming elections.
Sometimes satire and comedy are the only possible response to what journalist/educator Herb Boyd called “ludicrous” politics during his guest appearance on the Jeff Santos Show.
(Disclaimer: I am also a weekly guest on Jeff’s show.)
Late Night host Stephen Colbert took a poke at McCarthy and the Republicans with this hilarious video report...