Speaker Kevin McCarthy is having a tough week as he realizes that maybe Nancy Pelosi really was a disciplined genius by comparison. “It’s hard to pass anything in this place,” McCarthy joked to reporters, as news that the continuing resolution deal hammered out over the weekend by Republican leaders was facing serious headwinds from the far right. “We started out in a five-seat majority. I got one member who’s now resigned, we’ve got a couple of members who are out as well. Anything we do is pretty tough.”
It’s almost as if being in government is an actual job, and one that you have to be smart and work hard in order to do.
Nancy Pelosi was and is a political genius. This would NEVER happen if she were speaker
It shows how far republicans have fallen from actual governance, when working with democrats is forbidden and potentially career ending. Not that I wouldn't love to see McCarthy go down in flames. The problem is the damage this can do the economy should not be underestimated.
The caucus of No. Know Nothing, Do Nothing. What a travesty it is for us to have these NoNos in office.
"Some want restrictions on funding for Ukraine."
I wonder how much Russia is paying to keep the US from funding Ukraine's military efforts against Russia.
Jay, I’ve been reading your newsletter daily for a few weeks now. Today you’re officially on my “favorites” list!
“What? You mean we’re not here to get tips on insider trading information?!””Senator” Tommy Gooberville just purchased $250,000 in defense contractor Qualcomm stock. Is it just me or does that sound illegal? (Because it is, shockingly) All while blocking military promotions to the point it’s becoming unstable for the military? Serving on the Armed Services committee is not a free financial services institution. Popcorn always ready, hot and buttered!
GOP = The party of nyet.
No popcorn - a lot of people are going to be hurt. Not to mention, it's still being framed as the House has a problem. Not that the Republicans can't govern.
One of the reasons that the House is such a mess is that the press we have is not informative, it is sensationalist. Here is a former NBC correspondent taking apart the interview of Trump in the Daily Koz and bringing up what I had mentioned in someone's Substack yesterday, which is was this not fact checking part of the deal? https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2023/9/18/2193974/-NBC-MAY-HAVE-ALREADY-LAUNCHED-INVESTIGATIONS-INTO-WELKER-TRUMP-INTERVIEW-FOR-NEWS-RULES-VIOLATIONS?detail=emaildkre&pm_source=DKRE&pm_medium=email
Don't know what is going on, but the Press is not serving our democracy. This is a prime example of that.
“That would mean McCarthy truly becomes a “Speaker in Name Only” “
You say that as if it hasn’t ALWAYS been the case.
The moronic elected by the stupid. Your GOP House of Representatives. Wallow in it.
Thanks for the nod to Nancy Pelosi’s genius competence. I watch these idiots blunder and foul and think of what life would be like if she were still in charge. Don’t blame her for resigning, but sure do miss her.
It says something that even the Senate Republicans, the vast majority of whom are NOT centrists, are utterly aggravated by the actions of the House Republicans. This is what happens when you have people who are far more interested in getting likes for their "tweets" and/or appearances/praise on Fox News, OANN and Newsmax than they are in actually governing. But, then again, that's the MAGA movement summed up, isn't it?
The only thing Kevin McCarthy is going to pass is gas.
It’s always time for popcorn with the Republicans providing non-stop entertainment. Yes, this is serious stuff but the twisting and blame games, etc., are amusing to watch. All these children of the Republican Party need to go home and stay there. They need to send some grownups to Congress. I bet they failed Kindergarten! Remember on your report card the line that read “works and plays well with other”? They got a “need A LOT of improvement” as a grade!
It seems the moderate Republicans would have a better chance of doing something useful if they would work with the Democrats rather than try to appease the christofascist wing of their own party. Instead, the R's choose moral bankruptcy and faithless bartering among themselves, to the detriment of US citizens, our national security, and our economic credibility. Why does anyone vote for these idiots?