House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Rich Lowry of the National Review that he had thought about dropping out over the last week after the Benghazi blunder, but figured, “I’d push through.”
McCarthy (not pictured) said he realized he couldn’t.
The National Review reports:
The House Freedom Caucus, whose members he’d need to pick off to get to 218 on the House floor, had gone into “lockdown” and “wanted things I couldn’t deliver.” He realized, “I wouldn’t have enjoyed being Speaker this way.”
Also, he had begun to get calls over the weekend from members who were hearing complaints about him in their districts — a bad sign.
“I didn’t want to put them through a tough vote,” he says.
He considered floating an arrangement today where he’d ask members in the conference to vote the way they’d vote on the floor, and if he couldn’t get to 218, stepping aside. But instead he just made his shocking announcement. It’s not clear who will pick up the pieces. He says, “I personally want Paul Ryan.” There’s been some speculation about the necessity of a bi-partisan coalition to elect a new Speaker, which he rejects.
“We’ll find a Republican,” he said.
When asked if the House is governable, he said, “I don’t know. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom.”
McCarthy recently told Sean Hannity during an interview, “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today?”
He got caught telling the truth. After a firestorm of media attention, McCarthy said, “Stop playing politics with Benghazi,” which is a thing he and his colleagues have been doing since the attack on the Benghazi consulate in 2012.
McCarthy dropping out of the race has put the GOP in disarray, however, the party hasn’t been performing well since they won the House. And before that, too.
Republicans wanted to prove that they could govern responsibly and be the better party when they took over the House but that didn’t work out well.
Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), who opposed Boehner previously, said in a radio interview at that time that he’ll do it again, adding that at least 16 to 18 Republican members might vote against the Speaker.
Among those who opposed Boehner then was Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who said he will vote against the speaker because the spending bill passed last month didn’t fully strip DHS of its funding.
That’s right.Some Republicans wanted to strip funding from the Department of Homeland Security.
So the chaos that’s happening now is something Republicans created.
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