Rumors are flying that some disgruntled Republicans may soon present a motion to vacate the Speaker of the House position and send Kevin McCarthy packing. It took 17 rounds of voting for McCarthy to finally be elected Speaker back in January. Honestly, he hasn’t done well at keeping many of the promises that he made to MAGA Republicans in order to finally win their support.
That tension is bubbling to the surface now that a must-pass spending bill is working its way through the House, and McCarthy (as usual) doesn’t seem interested in demanding any cuts or concessions from Joe Biden and the Democrats.
McCarthy has been a not-unexpected disappointment on many fronts. He caved on the last budget bill and didn’t demand or win any concessions from the Democrats. Many fear he’s going to do the same with the must-pass bill that’s due by the end of September.
Speaker McCarthy has hinted that impeachment proceedings might start against Joe Biden this month, but that’s hardly a firm commitment. It’s pretty milquetoast, actually, given the mountains of evidence that has been uncovered proving Joe Biden’s guilt on taking bribes from hostile foreign powers.
The UFO guy in Congress, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), was asked about the possibility of a motion to vacate the Speaker’s chair soon. He told Axios, “I think it’s in the back of everybody’s mind … If somebody brings that it wouldn’t take much, you know, it just takes a couple of votes.”
The House has been on vacation since August. They left without defunding the FBI or the Department of Justice or special prosecutor Jack Smith’s witch hunt against President Donald Trump. There’s any number of things they could have done to assist America’s real president before going on vacation, but none of those things happened. McCarthy was too busy organizing a fundraiser with annoying Fresno, California RINO donors for Ron DeSantis to be bothered by the fact that we’re about to lose our country.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says that if he doesn’t see some giddy-up in McCarthy’s two-step immediately, he’ll likely be gone before the end of September.
“When we get back to Washington in the coming weeks, we have got to seize the initiative. That means forcing votes on impeachment. And if Kevin McCarthy stands in our way, you may not have the job long,” says Gaetz.
As for many of McCarthy’s additional promises that he made to get elected Speaker, he’s done fairly poor.
Where are the January 6 tapes? He promised to release those to the public. So far, only four handpicked journalists have seen the tapes. That’s better than nothing, but the sheer hours of tapes to review is simply overwhelming for a tiny handful of people. He should have totally released everything to the public and allowed us to crowd-source the findings.
A 22-year-old Trump supporter named Jeorde Meacham killed himself last week, because the DOJ had finally indicted him over January 6th. Jeorde walked into the Capitol peacefully while carrying a Trump flag and taking selfies when he was 19 years old. Jeorde’s blood and the blood of the other January 6ers who have died from suicides since January are on McCarthy’s hands.
McCarthy promised a balanced budget that would eliminate the federal deficit within 10 years. Where’s that? We’ve had an additional $3 trillion in debt added since McCarthy became Speaker.
Border security? Nothing. Term limits vote? Zilch. That’s quite a few broken promises.
The bad news for McCarthy is that it really wouldn’t take very many GOP defectors to give him the boot. Any individual member, with no additional support, can offer up a motion to vacate the chair. If that happens, only two or three Republicans would need to vote in favor of kicking McCarthy out. Every Democrat would gleefully give him the boot.
Of course, this could all just be more fake misinformation that Republicans in Congress always try to throw the base right before they pass an enormous spending bill.
“Oh, yeah, we’re going to repeal Obamacare right after this!”
“Mitch McConnell’s days are numbered! Wink Wink!”
“Kevin McCarthy might soon be kicked out of the Speaker’s chair!”
We’ll see what happens, but we do know that several members of the MAGA caucus are deeply unhappy with McCarthy right now. He’s had nine months to keep his promises, and he hasn’t done so.