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A Self-Inflicted Disaster as Republicans Vote to Boot Kevin McCarthy as Speaker

Posted on | October 4, 2023 | 1 Comment

Perhaps some of my readers are not sad to see Kevin McCarthy voted out as Speaker of the House. And I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong.

Perhaps you recall the scene from Gone With the Wind in which Rhett is helping Scarlett and Melanie escape Atlanta before the Yankee invaders arrive. At one point, the road is blocked by a passing column of Confederate troops. Scarlett frets: “Oh, dear, I wish they’d hurry,” to which Rhett replies, “I wouldn’t be in such a hurry to see them go if I were you. With them goes the last semblance of law and order.”

So it is with ex-Speaker McCarthy. Some conservatives may have loathed McCarthy as a compromised, unprincipled sellout, and I have no interest in debating anyone about McCarthy’s faults. The problem is that, having created this vacancy, the GOP insurgents offer no candidate capable of filling the void. Critics may say that anyone would be better than McCarthy, but which “anyone” do they have in mind?

Some people are simply incapable of teamwork. They are so monstrously selfish that they would rather rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven. It is unfortunate that such egomaniacs are often elected to public office, where their own vanity and ambition makes them dangerous and untrustworthy. Such is the character, I suspect, of Kevin McCarthy’s enemies, whose appetite for destruction is unlikely to coincide with similar talent for creating anything to replace what they’ve destroyed.



One Response to “A Self-Inflicted Disaster as Republicans Vote to Boot Kevin McCarthy as Speaker”

  1. Bill Kristol and the Neocons sure love them some war – THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL.
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