“Replacing one dick with a different kind of dick isn’t gonna change anything.” John Fetterman
It is hard for me to muster any sympathy for ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Although he was in the unenviable position of trying to herd a totally polarized Republican house, he had the reputation from friends and foes alike for breaking promises and reneging on deals. First speaker in American history to get the boot.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Virginia Democrat, said ahead the vote that McCarthy is “likely the most unprincipled person to ever be speaker of the House” before listing off reasons she would not back him. “He’s disdainful, he lies about us, he lies about the process of governance. It’s not even a question of whether or not we should take any particular action,” she told reporters.
He sealed his own fate.
“This is someone who betrays his word on pretty much a daily basis,” said Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California and a favorite target of Mr. McCarthy.save him, especially after he said that he would offer no concessions whatsoever for their help.
He was like Michael Corleone with the Nevada Senator, "My offer is nothing." He then went on CNBC and said “I’m not going to provide anything” to Democrats to get their support.
Except that he had no leverage and so he met his ultimate fate.
After the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, started by a pro-Trump mob intending to overturn the 2020 election, McCarthy seemed to acknowledge that a dangerous line had been crossed. Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot, he told House Republicans after the failed insurrection.
But he changed his mind after a visit to Mar-a-Lago three weeks later. “McCarthy believes it’s in his interest to be on Trump’s good side,” Politico reported at the time.
McCarthy would not disappoint the former president. He opposed the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack and, earlier this year, gave an enormous cache of security footage from that day to Tucker Carlson, who at the time was using his top-rated Fox News program to spread lies about and minimize the insurrection.
Democrats have never forgiven him. “No single figure is more to blame for the ‘rehabilitation’ of Trump post-1/6 than McCarthy,” the historian Garrett M. Graff wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “His utter lack of honor and courage will be the defining thread of McCarthy’s story in history.”
Under the debt ceiling agreement, McCarthy and Biden set caps on federal spending for fiscal 2024 — when outlays are essentially frozen at 2023 levels — and 2025, when a 1 percent increase would be in place.
He went back on the deal within two mere weeks. Said it was only an upper limit. Totally untrustworthy. No wonder they let him hang out to dry.
“Speaker McCarthy made a decision to get as close as he possibly could to the radical wing of his party, and by doing that he made it virtually impossible for the Democrats to come to his aid.” Senator Mitt Romney
He launched an impeachment inquiry into Biden without a shred of evidence in order to placate his MAGA members on the right.
Not the way to win friends or secure support. But now guess who GOP talking heads are blaming for his downfall? Of course, democrats. Read Mick Mulvaney Democrats’ cooperation in ousting McCarthy shows they have no interest in bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is a two way street and you get what you give. Better look in the mirror.
Not our job to clean up your mess.
Kevin McCarthy could not say no and tried to please everybody in his disparate party. He ended up pleasing nobody.
And after going all in on the Trump big lie, his benefactor hung him out to dry, just like he has done with so many others.
But don't worry, things can always get worse...