That was abrupt. Now what?
Well, mission accomplished, I guess--McCarthy is done (and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he elects not to run for his House seat in 2024, either). I am hearing/reading that the most likely replacements are Steve Scalise (just more of the same, IMHO), and Jim Jordan. Jordan is a dangerous, MAGA-loving, hyperpartisan politician who will make Kevin McCarthy look positively statesmanlike by comparison.
Per Beau of the Fifth Column: Rule 303--if you have the means to act, you have the responsibility to act. Democrats, are you listening? You cannot sit on your hands while the extremists try to burn the place down. That plays into the hands of dark money like Charles Koch.
I'll cut Mr. Jeffries some slack and allow for the possibility that he's waiting for his senior advisor to get back from San Francisco and recover from the burial of her longtime friend. After that, he'll have about 30 calendar days to get a Speaker elected, pass another CR, support for Ukraine, and finalize 12 realistic appropriations bills that closely match what the Senate has approved. There won't be a lot of support from this from either the political or the media establishments because they've both come to depend on an ongoing state of controversy for easy stories and plentiful fundraising opportunities. One hopes that our continuing to press the issue in growing numbers will result in some very outside the box activity.
This is kind of a "be careful what you wish for" moment.
Kevin McCoward is gone; Mission Accomplished!
Now what? Hyperbolic grandstanding MAGA-loving Jim Jordan?
What did John Kelly say? God Help Us.
And they do it all in the name of the American People, Conservative Values, Hardworking Taxpayers. Nah, they're in it for themselves. Period.
So, like others here have said, it's time for the Democrats to step up and get behind a sane Republican. Congrats to Jerry and his colleagues for not only leading the charge against McCarthy but for providing reasonable alternatives. That's the new game in town.
What are your thoughts on a consensus Speaker as suggested by Adam Kinzinger in his piece on Thursday, 10/05/2023? Not necessarily a current Rep of either side of the House? Jim Jordan is a definite NO WAY. And he is seeking the job if I’ve read correctly! That would be a worse case scenario than the last 269 days which have been terrifying!
Just discovered your Substack and couldn't agree with you more. The Democrats need to embrace realpolitik or things are just going to get worse. And, we all need to embrace politicians that are willing to work across the aisle to fix what's broken with our federal government. Thanks for this effort.