Oh my: Raul Labrador thinking of challenging Kevin McCarthy for majority leader?

posted at 7:31 pm on June 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

Looks like House conservatives are trying to scrape together a threat to McCarthy at the eleventh hour, if only to show grassroots righties that they’re resisting the ascension of Cantor’s right-hand man to the throne. Business Insider hears that Labrador’s thinking of jumping in:

“He’s getting a lot of encouragement from other members,” the person told Business Insider.

Labrador’s possible last-minute entry into the race would make him a longshot candidate against the prohibitive favorite, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-California). McCarthy, the establishment-preferred candidate, is squaring off against Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who is a favorite of the more conservative types among the House Republican conference.

Labrador refused to cast a vote for Boehner in last year’s Speaker election, so pairing them as numbers one and two in the House would be … interesting. Also interesting would be having Labrador as the caucus’s spokesman when the GOP establishment starts hyperventilating about another amnesty push next year. A Latino Republican leading the “security first” resistance would be a powerful counter. Obvious problem with Labrador, though: He’s only been in Congress for three years and has doubtless made lots of enemies among Boehner allies. Even if he gets 40-50 votes from House conservatives, where do the rest come from?

They need a conservative with more experience. Enter … Jim Jordan?

Fellow conservative lawmakers are now turning up the heat on Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, to throw his hat into the ring for House majority leader…

“I don’t know that there is a better available candidate than Jim Jordan,” [Rep. Steve] King said. “He is a full spectrum, constitutional conservative, fiscal and social.”

Laying out the pro-Jordan argument, King said: “He commands the respect of the whole conference; he’d be an ideal candidate for majority leader; he’s never advocated for amnesty.”

Jordan’s another guy who’s had issues with Boehner in the past, but he’s been touted repeatedly in the past 48 hours as an alternative for conservatives if Hensarling decided he wouldn’t do it. In fact, with McCarthy and Pete Sessions in the race, I wonder if the strategy here from House conservatives is simply to try to deadlock the race somehow in hopes of luring Hensarling, who seems to be the consensus right-wing choice, back in. If they can somehow split the caucus three ways among McCarthy, Sessions, and Jordan or Labrador or someone else, maybe that clears the way for Hensarling to enter as a compromise choice for the Sessions/Jordan fans.

Or maybe this all just pageantry designed to show that House conservatives are half-heartedly trying to put up a fight even though the outcome isn’t in doubt. Exit quotation via Robert Costa:


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This should be interesting…

OmahaConservative on June 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

GOOD…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Oh where is Francis Underwood to whip the votes when we need him?

Rational Thought on June 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

…Ratso!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Labrador refused to cast a vote for Boehner in last year’s Speaker election, so pairing them as numbers one and two in the House would be … interesting. Also interesting would be having Labrador as the caucus’s spokesman when the GOP establishment starts hyperventilating about another amnesty push next year. A Latino Republican leading the “security first” resistance would be a powerful counter. Obvious problem with Labrador, though: He’s only been in Congress for three years and has doubtless made lots of enemies among Boehner allies

…make that…VERY GOOD!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

redguy on June 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I admire Labrador’s position but he’s the wrong man for the job.

alchemist19 on June 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

One of the so-called “Young Guns” (Cantor) is dead politically. I can’t wait until the other two (Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan) are two.

bw222 on June 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

For this to work, Sessions needs to bow out. His ego won’t let him. Spiting the vote is not a recipe for success.

coolrepublica on June 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Ok, there are a lot of good alternatives to the blue state amnesty shill Kevin McCarthy. Find someone that is acceptable to ALL republicans, not just the RINOs. It’s simply insane that after Cantor was ousted for his amnesty position, and right in the middle of this unprecedented invasion of our country as illegals flood across the border, that the House would vote for McCarthy. Any R representative that votes for McCarthy needs be held responsible for that vote for an amnesty pusher.

http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/22/surprise-surprise-kevin-mccarthy-backs-amnesty/

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

One thing is clear…we want someone who has had issue with Boehner, that’s a resume builder as far as I am concerned.

right2bright on June 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

It’s not Lab’s turn, you idiots, and besides, the lifers might get upset and retire to their fainting couches.

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

A Latino Republican leading the “security first” resistance would be a powerful counter.

Are we sure about that? I’m pretty sure I heard him pushing pretty hard for the amnesty part as well. I think he’s more of a congressional Rand Paul/Paul Ryan type then a Dave Brat.

lowandslow on June 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Labrador is pro amnesty, has been forever. now though he just wants to wait until after the 2014 elections to do it.

hes no conservative

Garyinaz66 on June 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I’m sure I’m not the first……..Labrador?

<*^)
…. \_____/
…. _/ …. _\

avagreen on June 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

That pebble that knocked over Cantor could turn into a boulder/

formwiz on June 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Why would Labrador’s limited time in office count against him here? McCarthy was elected to the House in 2006, and found himself Whip just two terms later.

Nue Houjuu on June 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

“Oh My”. The extent of Allah’s creative writing skills. But in this case the “oh my” is used to express Allah’s panic because god forbid a real conservative take over the role.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I think the should fight for it even if it is just a token attempt. Them appearing to get along for public consumption doesn’t do a thing for me.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

bluegill is that you?

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I know Sessions is whipping votes, and his play would seem to be that he’s acceptable to all camps. He isn’t as much of an establishment stooge as McCarthy, but he’s enough of one that they’d be okay with him. He may not be conservatives’ first choice, but by essentially being everyone’s second choice, he could emerge as a consensus candidate. He’s a master at whipping votes too.

vegconservative on June 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Is the House children learning?

No, they is not (both sides).

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

There are 115 million Mexicans and over 400 million people in Central America. The majority are poor, uneducated and unskilled. Central American countries are telling their poor to head to the United States.

bw222 on June 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Add South America, like, what, 500 million? Right now we effectively have a totally open border (just a little “raft ride” across the river, and the illegals actually seek out the border patrol which facilitates their entry into the U.S.!!!!!!!!). We could soon be swamped by 100 million “undocumented Dems.”

They think if they get across they are as good as citizens that will be eligible for voting and welfare. No Kevin McCarthy as Majority Leader: http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/22/surprise-surprise-kevin-mccarthy-backs-amnesty/

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Did anyone see Mr. Fournier getting all misty over the kids pouring into the country? He would find me very very mean.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Good. There should be zero rolling over and giving Weepy Bohner what he wants.

Jedditelol on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I know Sessions is whipping votes, and his play would seem to be that he’s acceptable to all camps. He isn’t as much of an establishment stooge as McCarthy, but he’s enough of one that they’d be okay with him. He may not be conservatives’ first choice, but by essentially being everyone’s second choice, he could emerge as a consensus candidate. He’s a master at whipping votes too.

vegconservative on June 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

My first impression of Sessions was good. And he seems to be against amnesty. That’s almost enough for me. At least that’s the one requirement at this stage, that whoever it is is not an amnesty shill.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I do not like anointment. I like competition and a fight for the job.

jake-the-goose on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

McCarthy is nothing but a shill for AMNESTY for Illegal Alien mexicans here in California…..

Realdemocrat1 on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

McCarthy is Cantor’s twin brother.

They are sticking a big finger into the eyes of America. I hope they will all get theirs. Their impertinence has no bounds.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Tuesday night was a 10.0 on the political Richter scale.

They ignore it at their peril.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

For this to work, Sessions needs to bow out. His ego won’t let him. Spiting the vote is not a recipe for success.

coolrepublica on June 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

GARDY-LOOOOooooooo…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

that kind of response is exactly what this administration is counting on….to get their way with comprehensive immigration reform.

Cindy, I’m in your camp. Sure I feel bad. But we should put them back on the border and tell Mexico to take care of them.

CoffeeLover on June 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Actually, I relish Kevin McCarthy taking the top spot.

With Cantor gone, let him assume the position so we can paint a bright red target on his back (figuratively speaking, of course) and then retire him.

We just have to ensure that from now on… no more Young Guns coming up the pikes. Bar any so-called moderates from getting far in the leadership in either the Senate or the House.

TheRightMan on June 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Has anybody asked Tom McClintock (R-CA) to run for Majority Leader, yet?

Tom McClintock is an articulate, solid conservative who understands the costs of ILLEGAL immigration.

wren on June 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

So now Bill O’Reilly is on board with the Liberals concerning Bowe Bergdahl being incapable of mentally understanding what he’s doing AND AMNESTY for Illegal Alien wetbax……Don’t be fooled by any of these Liberal RINOS

Realdemocrat1 on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

My first impression of Sessions was good. And he seems to be against amnesty. That’s almost enough for me. At least that’s the one requirement at this stage, that whoever it is is not an amnesty shill.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

PETE Sessions is no JEFF Sessions on Amnesty.

He is another GOP Establishment guy that was lucky to survive a challenge from a Tea Partier, Katrina Pierson, in his primary.

TheRightMan on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Sessions is for amnesty. He has lots of tough talk on his congressional issues page, but the last sentence says he is in favor of a ‘step-by-step approach’ to immigration reform which means he wants to pass a series of immigration bills that can be later merged into one comprehensive immigration reform bill that can be signed into law by Obama. This is the exact same view as Boehner. It is also known as the ‘piecemeal approach’.

Wigglesworth on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

#AnnexMexico

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

A Latino Republican leading the “security first” resistance would be a powerful counter.

And he supports amnesty. That the party as a whole isn’t behind him puts to rest the lie that they’re for amnesty because they’re trying to appeal to Latinos.

xblade on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

It is also known as the ‘piecemeal approach’.
Wigglesworth on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

More like “Death by 1000 cuts”…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

TheRightMan on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Sessions vigorously opposed being labeled pro amnesty because he knew it would sink him in the primary. These establishment types will just deny deny deny and use carefully chosen language to replace the word amnesty in their policy pronouncements.

Wigglesworth on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Pete sessions is a loser rino from my district. Career politician that does not even live in his district anymore!!

Aggie85 on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Amusing: HA posters want to honor the wishes of the voters in Va-7 and in MS but not within the GOP caucus.

Brat won fair and square against Cantor. I didn’t support him against Cantor but hope and expect he wins the general.

If McCarthy has the ML votes won, same integrity of the vote should apply, correct? Is McCarthy winning by fraud or force or other illegal activity?

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

How dare you speak with reason!

Well said.

jake-the-goose on June 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Ok, there are a lot of good alternatives to the blue state amnesty shill Kevin McCarthy. Find someone that is acceptable to ALL republicans, not just the RINOs. It’s simply insane that after Cantor was ousted for his amnesty position, and right in the middle of this unprecedented invasion of our country as illegals flood across the border, that the House would vote for McCarthy. Any R representative that votes for McCarthy needs be held responsible for that vote for an amnesty pusher.

http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/22/surprise-surprise-kevin-mccarthy-backs-amnesty/

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I totally agree with you Joe, and this guy is my Rep. By The Way, he faced his June primary unopposed. But he is a squish on amnesty,we don’t need another Rino pandering to the Hispanic illegals. I don’t think he does his Hispanic constituents who are citizens any favors to allow illegal competition for their jobs! I’m sick of the Kabuki dance going on in congress. Time to listen to The People!

Bakokitty on June 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM

If scalise wins the whip position over Roskam, the GOPe candidate and McCarthy deputy, perhaps there will be more caucus unity. And perhaps some conservatives will learn that responsibility for governing comes with being in the majority.

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

TheRightMan on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Sessions is for amnesty.

Wigglesworth on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Ok, it looks like I’m wrong about Sessions. Sad.

It’s simple. Secure the border and do e-verify and most of them will leave on their own. Some will stay. Those are the illegals that, as Sessions said are “here for the right reasons” (I googled it). With a secure border and e-verify in place for several years, then we can talk about amnesty for those “that are here for the right reasons.”

So, maybe conservatives coalescing around Labrador is the right the thing to do!

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

all too many republicans have been elected by lies, and it is our right to demand our representatives do not support anti-Americans in “leadership” positions, just as it is we make demands of them on ANY issue.

STEVE KING FOR MAJORITY LEADER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no amnesty shills like Labrador, sessions, McCarthy etc…..

Garyinaz66 on June 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Bakokitty on June 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Good points. And thanks again for your call out the other night of my prediction of the Canter loss.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

If too many “conservatives” run for Majority Leader, McCarthy might win with a plurality if the “conservative” vote is divided. Sessions and Labrador and Jordan need to get together and decide which of them will challenge McCarthy alone.

Steve Z on June 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

You keep peddling Steve king for ML. I drove down to DC in nov 2009 to a hastily assembled anti-obamacare rally at the Capitol. Michelle Bachman and Steve king managed to draw a crowd of 30 whole people on a sunny, toasty autumn afternoon.

Please get serious

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

PETE Sessions is no JEFF Sessions on Amnesty.

TheRightMan on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Jeff Sessions is no Jeff Sessions, either. Never forget his vote to confirm lawless, retarded, affirmative action nitwit Eric Holder.

This feels like a great time to review the list of RINOs who joined him:

Alexander (R-TN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Chambliss (R-Ga)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Sessions (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Voinovich (R-OH)

Jaibones on June 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

If Steve King says Jordan, then make it Jordan. King is a good man.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Every time I have heard Jim Jordan speak I have been impressed

Meat Fighter on June 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

You keep peddling Steve king for ML. I drove down to DC in nov 2009 to a hastily assembled anti-obamacare rally at the Capitol. Michelle Bachman and Steve king managed to draw a crowd of 30 whole people on a sunny, toasty autumn afternoon.

Please get serious

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

You want to crap all over the best people in Washington because they are more motivated than the rest of us to fight ObamaRx? Actually, I want the most motivated among us fighting for us in congress.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Jim Jordan sounds good on amnesty. From Jordan’s site:

I am steadfastly against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. My strategy for dealing with the many problems posted by illegal immigration is threefold: secure the border, robustly enforce our immigration laws and fix the system so that it works for those who want to come to our country legally—by working hard, learning the language and becoming Americans. Our country has always been a nation of immigrants. In large part, this is what has made us great, but illegal immigration is unfair to the many people from around the world who want to come to the United States legally, as well as being a serious threat to our homeland security.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Jaibones on June 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I know you’ve been a wee bit busy, so I updated your list, Jaibones:

Alexander (R-TN) Re-election
Bennett (R-UT) Gone
Bond (R-MO) Gone
Chambliss (R-Ga) Retiring
Collins (R-ME) Re-election
Corker (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC) Re-election
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH) Gone
Hatch (R-UT)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ) Gone
Lugar (R-IN) Gone
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Sessions (R-AL) Re-election
Snowe (R-ME) Gone
Specter (R-PA) Gone
Voinovich (R-OH) Gone

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

There was a huge rally 2 days earlier organized by GOPe, tea party, and mark Levin. We all got along when we were in the minority.

My point is that Steve king and Michelle bachmann went forward with another rally just 2 days later; it was poorly planned and under-attended, and they stupidly strengthened pelosi’s hand. It was stupid and completely counter productive

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I’d REALLY like to see countries such as Mexico take BACK the swill that served time in our jails instead of telling us “Thanks, but no thanks,” thus leaving US in the position to deal further with THEIR detritus.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

AP, why do you ID what state McCarthy and Sessions are from, but not Labrador, or Jordan?

Another Drew on June 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

A guest interviewee on John Batchelor’s radio show just announced that a decision had been made and Kevin McCarthy is going to be the new Majority Leader.

I don’t know enough about Kevin McCarthy to know if he is likely to be a good Majority Leader.

But Kevin McCarthy does have one major advantage. Since he ran unopposed in California’s Top Two Primary Election earlier this month, he won’t have any opposition in the November General Election.

So Kevin McCarthy may be the ONLY Member of the House of Representatives who doesn’t have to spend the next several months running for re-election.

http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/23/

wren on June 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM

So Kevin McCarthy may be the ONLY Member of the House of Representatives who doesn’t have to spend the next several months running for re-election.

wren on June 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM

McCarthy is much more valuable to the Democrats than any D they could get elected to that seat. He’s basically a Democrat agent entrenched in the enemy leadership. That’s a dream come true for any side of any war.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Sessions is out of the ML race and so is Jordan, per reporting at The Hill tonight.

It would appear to be OVER. McCarthy will be ML

Big race for whip – Roskam vs scalise

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I am sure that McCarthy promised the caucus no votes on immigration reform in order to wrap up his race.

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

McCarthy might as well take on the job. He doesn’t do a damn thing for the people of Central Ca.

sortssux on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Scalise appears to be in the lead for whip. He is NOT the GOPe candidate – Roskam is.

Scalise is a tea party conservative from Louisiana

Sunbelt conservatives apparently contended that they’ll have one of their own in the top 3 positions. Perhaps this will help unify the caucus.

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Sessions is out of the ML race and so is Jordan, per reporting at The Hill tonight.

It would appear to be OVER. McCarthy will be ML

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

It’s not over until it’s over. McCarthy is bad news as far as causing dissension in the party. Find a Majority Leader that ALL can be happy with. Close to 50% or more are going to be really upset with the Cantor “Young Guns” protege McCarthy.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

This is all inside baseball. Very few conservatives even know who cantor, McCarthy, Jordan, sessions are – nor do they give a damn

And, as mentioned, conservatives are apparently contended that scalise will take over the whip position, which is a major shift rightward

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

More amusing: if McCarthy is elected unopposed, which appears to be taking shape, what could better demonstrate that the entire caucus “is happy with” his election?

McCarthy is a lot more talented than is given credit here tonight. He’s proving it this week, pulling all factions of the caucus together and vanquishing opposition.

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Or maybe this all just pageantry designed to show that House conservatives are half-heartedly trying to put up a fight even though the outcome isn’t in doubt. Exit quotation via Robert Costa:

McCarthy has 120 votes solidly nailed down, per R leaving his office, giving him him more than 51%, dozens more “leaning yes”

— Robert Costa (@costareports) June 12, 2014

.
If AP can recycle his earlier work, I guess I’ll recycle mine lest certain GOPe puppets look to put something forward as their own insight.

What happened overnight?

Does Hot Air have a NDA with the GOPe Leadership, AP?

The GOPe Leadership (which is NOT the House Leadership) and the GOPe Donor Class have been burning up the phone lines reminding everyone that it is a looong time to Election Day and anyone looking for serious financial support had better toe the line or plan on pulling off a miracle the way Brat did.

Hensarling knows McCarthy can’t lose with that message being delivered. If Sessions thinks this is the time to hold people’s feet to the fire – he better have one he11 of a “Here’s how you get re-elected without the big donor money” plan.

The irony is the Congresscritters could pull off a “Brat campaign” but it would mean a LOT more work and SOME additional risk.

I would also expect that 90% of the votes McCarthy has “locked up” come with a proviso that there will be NO VOTE on immigration before next year.

Remember folks, the House Leadership can be voted out of their positions in nothing flat … and with Cantor gone, their “conservative fig-leaf” is GONE.

PolAgnostic on June 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

PolAgnostic on June 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The real fight now is for whip, and many sources reporting that scalise is in the lead – a major compromise to get a more conservative member from the south in leadership

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

It’s not over until it’s over. McCarthy is bad news as far as causing dissension in the party. Find a Majority Leader that ALL can be happy with. Close to 50% or more are going to be really upset with the Cantor “Young Guns” protege McCarthy.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM


It’s over
for NOW.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., now only remaining candidate for House majority leader after Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, drops out – @washingtonpost

Sources say that Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, was asked to bow out of leadership race. Texas delegation worried in meeting today they could be on wrong side if Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won – @ChadPergram

PolAgnostic on June 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Yes. We need a R from Ohio and California leading the charge. Gag.

SouthernGent on June 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

This should reveal the inside baseball nature of leadership races, which are determined by many factors, including personal relationships and not ideology:

Trey Gowdy has announced for ROSKAM

Conversely, Fred Upton has announced for SCALISE

The whip race will have a lot of cross-currents

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Kabuki, nothing more. See, the story this afternoon was the ‘speed kills’, and Henserling kinda had to drop out because he moved too slow, couldn’t get enough folks. But now Labrador and Jordan might – MIGHT – think about getting in?

Bull – just throwing something in front of conservatives hoping we’re stupid enough to fall for it.

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

This is all inside baseball. Very few conservatives even know who cantor, McCarthy, Jordan, sessions are – nor do they give a damn

And, as mentioned, conservatives are apparently contended that scalise will take over the whip position, which is a major shift rightward

matthew8787 on June 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Not sure who it is you think you speak for in terms of ‘conservatives’, but… you’re full of crap.

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Not sure who it is you think you speak for in terms of ‘conservatives’, but… you’re full of crap.

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM


I’m pretty sure
we’re not ” … contended …” or contented.

PolAgnostic on June 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Ahhh if only the entire house was conservative and not tainted with establishment, corporatist, empty-sacked, crap-weasels we’d be able to get somewhere.

Now the left, they’re organized. They’re 99.9% f’ed up in the head – that’s unity….or loonity. They’ve never had a problem choosing a borderline psycho to fill a vacancy.

StubbornGreenBurros on June 12, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Or maybe this all just pageantry designed to show that House conservatives are half-heartedly trying to put up a fight even though the outcome isn’t in doubt.

At this point pageantry has its value. If you can’t put up a real effort, put up a token effort. Do anything, do something, just gesture. If you can’t show you are willing, show you are alive.

David Blue on June 13, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Sorry Raul. Didn’t you get the memo? Charlie McCarthy is the new majority leader, and Scalise is the new whip. Case closed.

Brock Robamney on June 13, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Or maybe this all just pageantry designed to show that House conservatives are half-heartedly trying to put up a fight even though the outcome isn’t in doubt.

Are we talking about Obamacare?

Brock Robamney on June 13, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Not sure who it is you think you speak for in terms of ‘conservatives’, but… you’re full of crap.
Midas on June 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

They are trying to nullify the effects of losing Cantor. Hensarling was strong armed to drop out. Scalise is in. This is all a dog and pony show

Brock Robamney on June 13, 2014 at 6:13 AM

The gope isn’t giving up just because they lost one of their own. Keep marching in lockstep is their top priority.

Kissmygrits on June 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

If Steve King says Jordan, then make it Jordan. King is a good man.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Jim Jordan would be excellent! He has been consistently conservative and hasn’t flipflopped on issues!

I’m also proud to say that he went to my high school and represents my parent’s district!

dominigan on June 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM