Comments: The stumble party bumbles

A cursory search of the ThreeSources archives finds comments from my humble self supporting Tom McClintock since... 2008. Were I sitting in Congress today, you would put up with me repeating "McClintock must be the Speaker" about as frequently as Cato the Elder announced that Carthage must be destroyed.

The fact that he holds a California seat - as does McCarthy, oddly enough - speaks to the fractured nature of California. Their similar last names may give rise to any number of "no true Scotsman" comments, but I can tell you which one is more of a Scottish temperment when it comes to budgetary concerns...

Posted by Keith Arnold at October 8, 2015 12:38 PM

And now McCarthy has withdrawn his name! Appears to have stepped down for the good of the party.... but then Boehner slammed the door to end what was expected to be a long discussion (lunch had been provided, and many came out holding plates that hadn't been touched).

Clearly there's a power shift going on, and Boehner is keeping with his MO of not communicating very effectively.

Posted by nanobrewer at October 8, 2015 2:29 PM

Not to fuel the fires of gossip or anything, but McCarthy backed up very quickly after Rep. Jones announced that whoever runs for the speakership needs to be untainted by scandal, which rules out McCarthy. Speculation is that his ongoing relationship with a certain Congresswoman from NC might run afoul of that, and he's concerned that it may get revealed publicly.

I think there are maybe six people in the world who know McCarthy but don't know about his alleged intramural relationship, but apparently he was concerned about one of those six finding out.

Posted by Keith Arnold at October 8, 2015 2:55 PM

I think the McCarthy withdrawal is simpler than that, KA. The royal guards told him to step aside when it became clear his gaffe was all of the ammunition the HFC needed to block his ascendency. And Boehner abruptly halted the proceedings until they can line up a new fair-haired boy to foist upon the House rabble.

It may not be a successful strategy, but it was better than their alternative.

Posted by johngalt at October 8, 2015 4:29 PM

As this was the first I'd heard of it, I went looking and good god, but the rumors are already flying fast, furious and ugly:

Internet address originating from the Department of Homeland Security was tied to entries made on the Wikipedia pages of North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, alleging that the two Republicans were having an affair.

Daily Caller is no Enquirer and this is spooky stuff... which can "come around" if you get my drift. Either way this is ugly: the presumptive speaker was having an extra-marital affair about which "everybody knew" or he was sneaking around a la John Edwards. I suppose the good is that this (and he) is now "out."

Posted by nanobrewer at October 8, 2015 11:45 PM

And that he wasn't having an affair with a Democrat.

Posted by johngalt at October 9, 2015 11:44 AM

Just watched the Hillary! commercial Rep. McCarthy starred in. I wish he would have spent more time fooling around.


Posted by Jk at October 9, 2015 4:36 PM

Here is a good article about one thing that he powerfully supported, and effectively enacted:

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program helped 6,252 low-income District students attend parochial or other private or voucher schools.

When President Obama took office, he wanted to end the voucher program, a bugaboo of the teachers’ unions. However, Boehner was able to get it reauthorized and expanded to $20 million in 2011 as part of a budget deal with the White House.

Posted by nanobrewer at October 10, 2015 2:43 AM
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