I suppose I should give Quevin his due and be thankful that he finally violated the Denny Hastert dictum and allowed a fairly clean if not pristine continuing resolution to fund the government to come to the floor where Democrats could pass it, thus avoiding market crashing chaos and financial ruin for millions who live paycheck, but it is hard to credit him anything at all when he appears the very next day on Face The Nation and lies about how the bill he presented was passed.
The bill passed through the house on a 335-91 vote, 90 of those “no” votes being cast by his own caucus, and only a single one by a Democrat – Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) ranking member of the Ukraine Caucus – who voted no only because Republicans insisted funding for Ukraine be stripped out of it.
You can listen to McCarthy’s spin at the 8:45 mark below:
Kevin insists that Democrats did “everything they could” to keep the CR from passing yesterday, everything, that is but not providing every vote in the caucus save one to pass the damn thing.
I suppose in his mind Democrats were supposed to re-enter into negotiations with him just hours before default was to occur instead of insisting that the much desired cuts that Republicans so wanted be left out.
But McCarthy spent almost every moment he had, and make no mistake the blame for failure to pass anything would have fallen squarely on his shoulders, negotiating with recalcitrant Republicans who wanted just that to happen, instead of with Dems crafting a compromise.
Unsurprisingly Aaron Rupar’s followers on Twitter had a lot to say about Kevin’s BS…
Now how the fuck you gonna go out there after the Democrats helped you cross the finish line and drag them for it?
Dude, they’re gonna leave you out to dry when Fivehead and the Toddler Caucus come for your gavel.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 1, 2023
Kevin can lie about anything, Jo.
Listen, the facts are unimportant to my pre-made narrative.
— One Who Walks Among the Dead (@NitsuaSetab) October 1, 2023
McCarthy is going to need Dem votes to stave off getting ousted as speaker.
He might want to pipe down with the insults
— 🌲Andy 👣from 👣Oregon🌲 (@AndrewFmOregon) October 1, 2023
Maybe he’s a sick of the whole mess as we are, Andrew.
This guy…. 😂
— the real Nomad (@realnomad696) October 1, 2023
— Travis Matthew (@Matthewtravis08) October 1, 2023
I only wonder how the Orange Ape is taking this, he was counting on the freedumb caucus to shut down the entire federal government to bring his prosecution to a halt.
Maybe McCarthy is just rehearsing his argument for when the inevitable vitriol and spittle filled phone call comes through…