I can’t get enough of this shit. By now, you all know both my personal feelings, as well as my professional assessment of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is the most craven, cowardly, sniveling worm in the history of American politics. And he just keeps on proving it.
You can always tell when somebody is doing something bad, and they know it. They keep trying to find ways to somehow or other legitimize their dirty deeds. It was only weeks ago that McCarthy held a secret ballot to determine whether or not to strip GOP Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney of her leadership post in the GOP. And now, on Wednesday, he’s going to do it again.
Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version. Kevin McCarthy is so close to Donald Trump that he knows his designer underwear size, because he’s seen the label form the inside. His loyalty to Trump is absolute. On the other hand, Liz Cheney did the unthinkable, and voted to impeach Donald Trump in his second trial. And like McCarthy, she also directly blamed Trump from inciting the January 6th Capitol riot, but didn’t crawl back down from the ledge in the next days. She insists that the GOP must move on from Trump’s Big Lie bullshit and look forward, and not back.
So the question is, why the secret ballot? Because it turns out that there are a whole bunch of GOP House bottom feeders who think that Trump is the wave of the future, but whose actual constituents might disagree rather strongly. If it were a simple floor vote, the members vote would be next to their name, and it would be embarrassing if that leaked to their constituents. The secret ballot takes care of that.
But that sword slashes both ways. In her previous recall vote, Cheney laughed her way into retention of her seat of power. Now granted, this time McCarthy will not be actively whipping votes for Cheney, he’ll likely be whipping votes against her. But the whole point is that nothing has changed! Cheney hasn’t flown off of the rails, she simply continues to insist that Trump is an albatross around the GOP’s neck, and needs to be but loose. And as long as the ballot is secret, and McCarthy can’t identify specific members to single out and punish for their votes, why would they change their minds?
This is Kevin McCarthy’s dilemma. The simple protection he needs to provide to vulnerable House members to vote to oust Cheney is the exact same one that protects the members who are more traditional and ready to vote for Cheney. I don’t see that anything in the equation has changed sufficiently to force Cheney votes away from her if they’re safely secret. And the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Because if Cheney survives this second recall vote, with Wimp McCarthy whipping against her, than that means that the House GOP is in a state of crisis. Because while Trump may have a majority of the caucus in his pocket, there is a virulent Trump resistance out there that will act to move the party forward. And with an announcement coming on Thursday of a principled resistance to the rump Trump GOP, all hell is going to break loose. I never in my life thought that I would be cheering for Liz Cheney, but I sure as hell am now!
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