By Maureen Picard
JLike messy plans, but it goes beyond everything! An anonymous Republican elected official expressed his surprise after Monday afternoon’s mental breakdown on Capitol Hill, stunned: Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who, at 57, dreamed of succeeding Democrat Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House, and she lost. In large widths, and twice.
Although he needed 218 votes out of the 222 seats that gave him a new (and narrow) Conservative majority, he got only 203 votes, losing 19 votes in the process, and – the ultimate snub – his Democratic challenger, Hakeem Jeffries, beat him with 212. votes. Both men fell short of the required minimum, and a second round was immediately ordered, a scenario unheard of on Capitol Hill for a century. Again, McCarthy finished with 203 votes, 212 for Jeffries and 19 for his first right-wing challenger, Jim Jordan. This time Jordan received 20 votes in the third ballot, and a fourth round was already scheduled. The session is adjourned till Wednesday afternoon.
For Kevin McCarthy, the shame was total. Since entering the Capitol in 2007, the Bakersfield native has dreamed of becoming speaker of the House of Representatives. In 2015, already, he had to give up, blocked in his ambitions by the extremists of the Freedom Caucus, who achieved the feat of impeaching the moderate John Boehner, before installing the young Paul Ryan, who was finally denied in 2017 2023. , in all political justice, was McCarthy’s year. Under the Trump era, he has shrunk with no compromise, no humiliation, to prepare for his logical ascension to the presidency of the House. However, he downplayed the extremist fringe’s contempt for him. Taxed as a “RINO (Republican in Name Only),” a moderate without strong conservative beliefs, McCarthy has led the way in the Trump era, declaring his allegiance to Donald Trump before briefly dropping it after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. 2021. The following January 28, he bowed again before the ex-retiree at Mar-a-Lago, realizing that he needed the support of the “Trump people” known as “MAGA”. America Great Again) and their red hats.
The GOP (Grand Old Party) favorite has not looked so weak since the anonymous Frederic Gillette in 1923, when he got 9 votes.
For McCarthy, the problem lies with members of the Freedom Caucus, an extremist wing of the Republican Party. The panel’s most vocal members, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, ruled that if he could amass more votes, he could not govern with the authority and conviction he needed. Third Ballot. The complete and historic defeat of this internal congressional election is a victory for the Democrats and the Biden administration, which is happy to see the opposition still orphaned by the leadership of Donald Trump in hiding for the 2024 presidential election.
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