Report: Jeb Hensarling drops out of majority leader race, Kevin McCarthy locking up votes; Update: Next Congress?

posted at 10:31 am on June 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

Reminds me a tiny bit of the run-up to the 2012 primaries, when we heard lots of rhetoric from people like Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie about how important the election was to the country’s future, just … not so important that they’d upset their own lives by running in it.

Jeb Hensarling, the great conservative hope for majority leader and maybe eventually Speaker, is reportedly out:

Rep. Jeb Hensarling will not run for House majority leader in next week’s special election, according to a source familiar with his decision.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, who already has begun whipping votes to succeed outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor, now has a wide-open path to the No. 2 spot in House Republican leadership.

Hensarling’s decision is a blow to House conservatives, as he was the last of their preferred candidates to be seriously considering a run against McCarthy.

For the sizable bloc of tea party-allied lawmakers who have been fixated on injecting fresh blood into the upper-most echelons of GOP leadership, there are only a few who they view as legitimate, acceptable candidates besides Hensarling: Paul Ryan, Jim Jordan, and Tom Price.

Hensarling was coy yesterday but rumblings in the halls of the Capitol made it seem like he was ready to challenge McCarthy, Cantor’s handpicked successor. What happened overnight? Sounds like McCarthy and his team moved quickly to lock up votes, which may have convinced Hensarling that any challenge was futile.

As the race to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) began Wednesday afternoon, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and his allies adopted a motto: Speed kills.

Using his deep network of supporters, deputy whips and a paper-based scoring system that dates back to the House leadership races of the 1990s, McCarthy and his team were asserting momentum Wednesday night in the race to become the second-ranking House Republican, hoping to swiftly seal the deal as other contenders were still mulling whether to join the fray…

The team is using a numerical ranking system once used by former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) that McCarthy still believes is a smart way to track friends and foes. All 233 House Republicans are given a numerical ranking between one and five. A “1” means the colleague is a loyalist, while a “5” denotes a critic or someone who needs more convincing. Rankings for individual members are a closely guarded secret, aides said, but provide McCarthy with critical intelligence on who might need extra attention. Aides cautioned that the internal rankings would remain fluid up until votes are cast in the leadership race next Thursday.

Speed kills: With McCarthy using his resources as whip to line up support, Hensarling had little opportunity to make his case. Another factor may have been Pete Sessions’s interest in challenging McCarthy. House conservatives would prefer someone else but Sessions is senior to Hensarling in the Texas delegation, which, per Robert Costa, may have made Hensarling reluctant to run. So it looks like it’s McCarthy versus Sessions, with the establishment choice naturally the favorite.

In other words, a day after Eric Cantor was thrown out of the House for being too cozy with Washington, Washington Republicans are set to make Cantor’s right-hand man their new leader. Erick Erickson on McCarthy:

The American Conservative Union, which measures Republican-ness of members, gives Eric Cantor an 84% rating and Kevin McCarthy a 72% rating for 2013.

Kevin McCarthy voted for the bloated Hurricane Sandy relief package that even New Jersey Democrats said was riddled with corruption and more than needed. He opposed reforms to the flood insurance program that would save taxpayers’ money. He has also oppose both Republican Study Committee budget proposals and a widely hailed government reform measure that conservatives broadly supported.

Kevin McCarthy voted for the massive food stamp and farm bill opposed by conservatives. In fact, a majority of Republicans rejected it, but McCarthy aligned himself with Democrats to try to get it passed. He has refused to reform the federal sugar program using free market principles. He has refused to limit crop insurance subsidies. He has refused to cut $1.5 billion from the Department of Energy’s bloated budget.

He also supports legalizing illegals as part of an immigration reform deal, albeit without a “special path to citizenship,” so yeah, reform will still be very much on the table in the next Congress. Not that there was much doubt about that, but this cinches it.

Here’s Chuck Todd telling Hugh Hewitt last night that he thought Cantor’s endorsement of McCarthy was a “kiss of death.” Nope. Never underestimate congressional Republicans’ preference for the status quo.

Update: Well, there you go.

Update: Hensarling et al. are reportedly considering taking on McCarthy in the next Congress, which means McCarthy will probably stick with a conservative agenda for the next six months to guard his right flank. Consolation prize?


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there are only a few who they view as legitimate, acceptable candidates besides Hensarling: Paul Ryan, Jim Jordan, and Tom Price.

Paul Ryan is a despicable, lying scumbag traitor. He’s a POS who needs to go the way of Cantor. Ryan is a moron.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Cripe ssdd

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I guess we need to throw more bums out until they get it.

Oil Can on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Damn.

WisRich on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Nothing to see here just move along .
Jackasses !

Lucano on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss.

KCB on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Oh, for crying out loud. One amnesty shill for another.

BuckeyeSam on June 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Apparently the GOP establishment is letting the people’s opinions go directly to voice mail.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Kevin McCarthy voted for the massive food stamp and farm bill opposed by conservatives. In fact, a majority of Republicans rejected it, but McCarthy aligned himself with Democrats to try to get it passed. He has refused to reform the federal sugar program using free market principles. He has refused to limit crop insurance subsidies. He has refused to cut $1.5 billion from the Department of Energy’s bloated budget.

He also supports legalizing illegals as part of an immigration reform deal, albeit without a “special path to citizenship,” so yeah, reform will still be very much on the table in the next Congress. Not that there was much doubt about that, but this cinches it.

You know when the Democrats go for leadership they pick the most liberal person imaginable from the district in SAN fvcking FRAN.

When the Conservatives go for leadership we pick the guy that would actually be a Democrat in most red districts across the country. Bravo, Repubs.. God, this party is the party of idiots.

melle1228 on June 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

CRAP!

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

What happened overnight? Sounds like McCarthy and his team moved quickly to lock up votes, which may have convinced Hensarling that any challenge was futile.

I’m disappointed but not surprised. The votes to get Hensarling in were probably never there to begin with.

The GOP leadership’s reaction to Cantor’s defeat, like most other messages they’ve gotten from the base/Tea Party, is not “We understand and hear you,” it’s “We’re really going to nail you guys next time!”

Conservatives and Republicans are already two different political parties in all but name.

Doomberg on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

No change at all for now, the GOPe members just moved up a spot. This is going to take longer than we’d hoped but that’s okay. We’re patient.

Fallon on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

It’s McCarthy’s turn, bigots, why do you hate fairness?

Bishop on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Oh, for crying out loud. One amnesty shill for another.

BuckeyeSam on June 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

You can’t claim victory for squishing one of the biggest ants in the colony. You have to squish all of them.

1 down, 434 to go.

BobMbx on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Is anybody actually surprised?

topdawg on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Just keep giving them the boot. They’ll either wake up or find themselves Cantored.

HotAirian on June 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I actually think the GOPe helped in getting Cantor out so their boy McCarthy could take over as majority leader.

bgibbs1000 on June 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I’m disappointed but not surprised. The votes to get Hensarling in were probably never there to begin with.

Doomberg on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I’m with you. But damn.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Oh Great!! Another Majority Leader from California. We know how well that worked out the last time. May as well go back to Pelosi!!

Deano1952 on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Its going to take time and perseverance for the Tea Party caucus to gain enough seniority to supplant the “Establishment.”

Unfortunately, time is not on our side. And, the longer people stay in congress, the more moderate they tend to become.

Revenant on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Looks like the Republicans never learn…

sandee on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

…they know if they get some Californian…the people are to choomed there… to ever vote him out!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Oh Great!! Another Majority Leader from California. We know how well that worked out the last time. May as well go back to Pelosi!!

Deano1952 on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

This ^^^

melle1228 on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The French do have some good expressions, e.g. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Drained Brain on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Looks like the GOP will be out in the cold in ’16. There’s much more work to be done, and we almost certainly need a new party.

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

They’re hellbent on proving that amnesty was not the reason Cantor was defeated. Looks like a few more RINOs will have to get ousted in primaries before they get the message. Unless of course they ram through amnesty in the next few months and destroy the party(and country) before that can even happen.

Doughboy on June 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Looks like the earthquake was only a minor tremor.

tru2tx on June 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Is anybody actually surprised?

topdawg on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

No. The Vichy GOP is going to have to be put down.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The Stupid Party marches on.

celtic warrior on June 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

2014 is going to ram home the point that we are never going to reform the Republican Party. We must REPLACE It.

ConstantineXI on June 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

McCarthy is even more pro-amnesty than Cantor. Once again, we’re screwed.

lonestar1 on June 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

They’re hellbent on proving that amnesty was not the reason Cantor was defeated. Looks like a few more RINOs will have to get ousted in primaries before they get the message. Unless of course they ram through amnesty in the next few months and destroy the party(and country) before that can even happen.

Doughboy on June 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I am thinking that we’re going to have to make sure the GOP doesn’t get the Senate.

ConstantineXI on June 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The French do have some good expressions, e.g. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Drained Brain on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Dime IV on June 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The party of stupid, plain and simple. It would not surprise me if the GOP snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in November AND in 2016. So stupid, so stupid…….

ultracon on June 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The fight goes on – stay positive people – it’s going to take many years and many elections to turn this nation to the right.

jake-the-goose on June 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hensarling should run for the GOP Whip position..:)

Dire Straits on June 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Thank God the House Republicans consulted Hispanic voters before settling on a new Majority Leader./

Dolce Far Niente on June 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I am thinking that we’re going to have to make sure the GOP doesn’t get the Senate.
ConstantineXI on June 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Gawd, no! Not more Dingy Harry!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Its going to take time and perseverance for the Tea Party caucus to gain enough seniority to supplant the “Establishment.”

Unfortunately, time is not on our side. And, the longer people stay in congress, the more moderate they tend to become.

Revenant on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I agree. I regard the Tea Party movement as more being a means of creating a credible opposition movement when the economy collapses. If we had fifty years like the left, I’d be a lot more confident about our chances of turning things around.

Unfortunately we have like 5-10 tops.

Doomberg on June 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The GOP Imperial Vichy are deeply entrenched. Its going to take more than one election to take out the Debt Star.

portlandon on June 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The good news is that this just puts more RINOs on top of the TP volcano when she blows her top.

This move will energize the base. That’s a good thing. The end will come sooner now. We’re coming.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Price

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I would love to see Sessions challenge McCarthy as majority leader. Illegal aliens already have diaz-balert or whatever his name is representing them.

NWConservative on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Update: Hensarling et al.

That’s the way I prefer to look at it.

Keeping the powder dry for now.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

One good bit of news, Marlin Stutzman is running for the whip position.

topdawg on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I remember Kevin McCarthy in the original Body Snatchers movie.

Walter L. Newton on June 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Hensarling et al. are reportedly considering taking on McCarthy in the next Congress,

Ridiculous. They cant be bothered to fight after an upset like the historically unique toppling of a sitting majority leader, but after november and an election that will in all likelihood show positive results and strengthen the leadership, they will take the battle to an by then entrenched incumbent, yes?

How dumb do these people think we are?

Thats the problem: we can have revolutions, insurgencies, whatever in every single district, but as long as it doesnt translate into action in DC, its all useless. And thats not the fault of liberals, moderates, squishes or rinos, but supposedly conservative “leaders” like hensarling, who refuse to lead.

Red Widow on June 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

It’s probably a good move on his part, why be associated with someone like Boehner, when you can run with a new Speaker after the fall elections. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in Boehner. FOr the 3rd in line to the Presidency, he’s a pretty sad example of leadership. The Republicans can do better.

bflat879 on June 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Hensarling et al. are reportedly considering taking on McCarthy in the next Congress…

Hold on, troops! We’re going up that next hill!

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

WAR

stenwin77 on June 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The Republic is DEAD.

But we can’t go down without a fight.

stenwin77 on June 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

So, in spite of getting pummelled with the cluebat of Cantor’s humiliating shellacking, they’ve got the cajones (you know, the selfsame cajones they never seem to have in dealing with Obama and the Dems) to double-down in defying the majority of their constituents and move ahead with their schemes of sheer mindlessness?

Well, they’re just begging to be castrated and choked with their own cajones, aren’t they?

Let’s oblige them, folks–Cantor-style.

Dime IV on June 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Let me propose something here. How about Marsha Blackburn? Out-of-the-box and I think she can be an effective leader for the remainder of this Congress. Who is with me? #MarshaForMajority . If we put pressure on these people they will listen.

ojfltx on June 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Hensarling is corrupt or weak. He needs to go.

Mr. Arrogant on June 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Can someone primary McCarthy? Or is it too late?

Iblis on June 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

If we put pressure on these people they will listen.

ojfltx on June 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Headshotting the Majority Leader just as he’s about to take over as Speaker isn’t pressure? Come on. Nothing will make them listen.

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Why would the leadership care about the Tea Party? They know the majority of tea party voter will continue to vote for them in November. They have nothing to fear from the Tea Party. Since John just won the primary last month against a good candidate.

Which is why they will continue to screw with us until the majority of us wake up and vote for their Democrat candidate in November. Yes that means democrats will have more seat at the table. Right now there is NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL between Republican leadership and Democrat party.

BroncosRock on June 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

McCarthy is so loved by the Democrats that they never run a candidate against him.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Why does the left get a san francisco uber-leftist to run their conference and the best we can do is Kevin McCarthy? Should conservatives in his district just vote for the D this fall until we get someone else?

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Brilliant Repub thinking, once again.

Who, when following the leader, speeds up upon seeing the leader go over a cliff? Only in Washington could the Road Runner appear clever by comparison.

IndieDogg on June 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Hensarling is corrupt or weak. He needs to go.

Mr. Arrogant on June 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

You are an arrogant ignorant fool.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Well good I am so glad that Washington insiders can find other Washington insiders that they like and can do work with. F.U. Constituents!!!!!

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Why does the left get a san francisco uber-leftist to run their conference and the best we can do is Kevin McCarthy? Should conservatives in his district just vote for the D this fall until we get someone else?

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Who is the D running against him? I couldn’t find anything about it and it looks like the Democrats refused to run a challenger against him in his previous races.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make????

Without stopping Obama, all of this is meaningless.

redguy on June 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The American Conservative Union, which measures Republican-ness of members, gives Eric Cantor an 84% rating and Kevin McCarthy a 72% rating for 2013.

Think about that for a moment. Is there any democrat anywhere near leadership position that is 30% conservative the way our guys are 30% liberal? Is there anyone in the entire democrat party that is 30% conservative? Maybe 5 at most? Maybe.

xblade on June 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

In other words, a day after Eric Cantor was thrown out of the House for being too cozy with Washington, Washington Republicans are set to make Cantor’s right-hand man their new leader.

LOLOL

Keep f*cking that chicken, GOPe.

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Why so-called conservatives continue to quote the ACU’s rankings is beyond me. But it does show me that they are not really paying attention … so I don’t pay attention to them.

Facts: The last two ACU Chairmen, David Keene and Al Cardenas, were Bush Republicans, you know, those Republicans who have a VERY different idea of what the platform of the party is than, you know, what the platform really is.

Forget the ACU rankings because the people who are deciding what a so-called conservative vote is are not, in fact, conservative themselves.

Heritage, with Jim DeMint at the helm, is a better measure.

It matters.

I challenge you to pay attention to who it is among the ruling class reporters, columnists, and defenders of the status quo, who are constantly quoting the Bush Familia Rankings of the ACU.

hrh40 on June 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

BroncosRock on June 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Bad move. IMHO, Democrats only one house majority away from cementing a permanent political majority. Reid will finish off the filibuster, and forget just amnesty, you’ll have 30M new Democrat citizens/voters virtually overnight.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Who is the D running against him? I couldn’t find anything about it and it looks like the Democrats refused to run a challenger against him in his previous races.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I’m not sure. Maybe his seat goes untested. Just figured he had some nominal opponent.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

That’s the way I prefer to look at it.

Keeping the powder dry for now.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Bullshit. These cowardly f*ckwits have been keeping their powder dry at *every* opportunity.

Not now.

Not this hill.

Next one, I promise.

Ohmigosh, I know we just had a major upset of the establishment and show of strength by conservatives and this one-a-century opportunity just fell in my lap but… not now, gotta keep the powder dry for now.

Oh, for f*cks sake, you’re kidding, right?

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Bad move. IMHO, Democrats only one house majority away from cementing a permanent political majority. Reid will finish off the filibuster, and forget just amnesty, you’ll have 30M new Democrat citizens/voters virtually overnight.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

You say that as though the GOPe isn’t “hell-bent” on helping making that happen, too.

LOL

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

This is just the GOPe following right along with McConnell’s mindset – you dare confront me? We’ll punch you in the nose and replace Cantor with someone you like even less, you impudent plebes!

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Buck-up people, this may not such a bad thing. Though Hensarling is a t-party fave, Sessions, at least on immigration, is a an even more ardent opponent on illegal immigration. A plus from having Jeb drop out, is that the conservative wing of the party can now coalesce one candidate instead of the likely outcome of splitting it.

McCarthy coalition could fall apart if the coverage of what is happening on our southern border improves, cases of rape and/or disease, etc. would tend to undermine McCarthy’s candidacy and push R’s to switch to Sessions. Its been widely cited that Brat’s run against Cantor crossed the tipping point threshold as images of children in cages started appearing on The Kelly File.

If Ingrahm & Levin were definitive in giving a bullhorn to brat with their wide audiences, think what can be achieved by Kelly & Greta!

Archimedes on June 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I’m not sure. Maybe his seat goes untested. Just figured he had some nominal opponent.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Apparently no primary challenger, either. Just give the guy a crown and a scepter.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Oh, for f*cks sake, you’re kidding, right?

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

No, Hensarling is no coward, nor is he bought off. He is an economist. He looked at the numbers and realized they were not in his favor. He is most likely pulling for McCarthy to win this round so he won’t have to take on the marginally better Sessions come January.

This is not a long term situation and even with McCarthy as the majority leader, the Cantor loss will not be forgotten by the congress critters still there.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

You say that as though the GOPe isn’t “hell-bent” on helping making that happen, too.

LOL

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Let’s be real for a second: you will get the Obamacare of immigration bills (or worse) if Pelosi gets the gavel back for the last 2 years of Obama’s presidency. They won’t have to worry about elections anymore, so it will be the worst possible deal imaginable.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

You say that as though the GOPe isn’t “hell-bent” on helping making that happen, too.

LOL

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Let’s be real for a second: you will get the Obamacare of immigration bills (or worse) if Pelosi gets the gavel back for the last 2 years of Obama’s presidency. They won’t have to worry about elections anymore, so it will be the worst possible deal imaginable.

crrr6 on June 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

You say that as though the GOPe isn’t “hell-bent” on helping making that happen, too.

LOL

:)

Midas on June 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I really don’t understand this. I read about all this supposed panic among the rank and file after Cantor lost, yet they turn around and quickly line up behind his right-hand man, someone who would probably be even more suspect to grassroots activists in terms of his policy positions?

changer1701 on June 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They never learn, because that’s up to them.

They can be voted out of office, because that’s up to us.

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

You pigs, you learn nothing.

GOP source: “we’re going to end up with 1, maybe 2 people in (House) leadership who don’t qualify as grown-up and/or ready for primetime”

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Its going to take time and perseverance for the Tea Party caucus to gain enough seniority to supplant the “Establishment.”

Unfortunately, time is not on our side. And, the longer people stay in congress, the more moderate they tend to become.

Revenant on June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Agreed. That’s why I say forget term limits, we should be trying to force our representatives to telecommute to DC from their home districts. The technology is there and it will keep them closer to their constituents.

The fight goes on – stay positive people – it’s going to take many years and many elections to turn this nation to the right.

jake-the-goose on June 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

It took the progressives over a century to get from where they started to electing Obama. They had many setbacks along the way. If we’re not committed to that same long haul, we should give up now.

Occams Stubble on June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

No, Hensarling is no coward, nor is he bought off. He is an economist. He looked at the numbers and realized they were not in his favor. He is most likely pulling for McCarthy to win this round so he won’t have to take on the marginally better Sessions come January.

This is not a long term situation and even with McCarthy as the majority leader, the Cantor loss will not be forgotten by the congress critters still there.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Hensarlings candidacy itself would change numbers or do you seriously believe that Republican Congressmen, in this age of primaries, dont care if they are seen to vote, not only for a less conservative candidate for majority leader, but for one who is even significantly to the left of the one that was just toppled 2 days ago?

But again a supposedly conservative Republican cares more about his comfortable seat and not getting into fights with the liberal leadership than about actually advancing the conservative cause.

Red Widow on June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Red Widow on June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Whatever, loose now and burn bridges. Or, work hard to get the support needed for January.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Why does the left get a san francisco uber-leftist to run their conference and the best we can do is Kevin McCarthy?

crrr6

It’s that way in every state in the union. In blue states, the best we can do is moderate republicans. In red states, we still have to settle for moderate republicans. Meanwhile in blue states, democrats get to have liberals, and in red states they get to have liberals. Who are the democrats who are against amnesty? Global warming? Tax increases? Obamacare? Outrageous government spending? Gun control?

There are none. But you can find republicans who support some of those positions in every state of the union,including the reddest of the red. South Carolina for example. In SC, arguably the reddest state in the union, we have to settle for a guy who supports amnesty, tax increases, global warming, AND gun control. And that’s just some of the left wing positions he supports.

Does anyone think the democrats in blue states would tolerate,let alone elect a candidate who was against all of those things? Hell no. But republicans are supposed to love a guy who supports those things in the reddest of red states. It’s pathetic.

xblade on June 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Conservatives are promising to strike when the iron’s cold? This is the time, right now, when the squish Republicans would vote for a conservative for leadership in fear of pissing off the base if they don’t. Someone needs to step up to the plate right now, not after the elections.

Buddahpundit on June 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Whatever, loose now and burn bridges. Or, work hard to get the support needed for January.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

January? You mean after the leadership returns to Capitol Hill after a succesful election? Yeah, that will be the time to challenge them!

Red Widow on June 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Can someone primary McCarthy? Or is it too late?

Iblis on June 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

California primaries already happened.

topdawg on June 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM

McCarthy is a worthless RINO. More of the same only worse. Time to go to war with the GOP.

Jaibones on June 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

McCarthy is a worthless RINO. More of the same only worse. Time to go to war with the GOP.

Jaibones on June 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The war started some time ago. Cantor’s demise was our Doolittle raid. Now we just have to roll up the islands one at a time until we take down Okinawa.

Ted Cruz could be our A-bomb. ; )

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I like the Doolittle raid analogy. It fits.

cozmo on June 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

This is a slap in the face.
Time to melt the phone lines.

Jayrae on June 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

CRAP!

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

GOPHER CRAP!

Tard on June 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The only way to do this is winnow out the Whigs.

formwiz on June 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The war started some time ago. Cantor’s demise was our Doolittle raid. Now we just have to roll up the islands one at a time until we take down Okinawa.

Ted Cruz could be our A-bomb. ; )

ElectricPhase on June 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Exactly. I don’t know why every one has their feathers ruffled. This was an important battle but the true war is just beginning. Enjoy the small victories along the way and march onward!!

dddave on June 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

This is gonna take a lot of work from us, to purge the progressives from the party and get it back to basics. But we cannot give up. Stop throwing in the towel when they kick us in the face. We can defeat them and grow the conservative ranks. Its just gonna take time.

Jack_Burton on June 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Hensarling and others are playing the long game. This “special election” for Majority Leader is only to fill the Cantor vacancy for the rest of this Congress.

After the Nov elections, expect Hensarling to run for Majority Leader for the next Congress. Trey Gowdy for Speaker. Maybe even Rand Paul for Senate Majority Leader if the GOP can win back the Senate.

It’s the long game, people.

TrubadorMike on June 12, 2014 at 12:36 PM

McCarthy is Cantor all over again and cya’s Boehner. If the GOP wants to be a real party, then select someone else for the position because this man will only further irritate and separate real Repubs and many Independents such as myself from voting for them or approving anything they want to do. Some have suggested Trey Goudy and I would support that selection 100%. Boehner is obviously pushing his agenda which ain’t ours! He needs to be replaced and/or kicked out of Congress. I am ashamed of Ohio for allowing money to get him re-elected. I thought since I lived there they had grown up and got a spine, but obviously not, BUT we can continue to work on getting rid of Boehner and other RINOS and moderates. They are OUR employees and we can fire them!

Roselle on June 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Speed kills:

GOP leaders are very skilled operators when they need to be, even Drunky Crier Boehner. I just wish they’d direct their energy to stop the Obama agenda every once in a while.

sauldalinsky on June 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I strongly support a Civil War in the republican party.

Changing the face of the leadership that’s still committed to Bush loving BIGGER AND BIGGER Government is NOT going to fix the problem.

The gop is just as corrupt as the other party, and it’s going to take a all-out Teddy / Taft 1912 split to get control of the party again.

Girdeth your loins.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Hensarlings candidacy itself would change numbers or do you seriously believe that Republican Congressmen, in this age of primaries, dont care if they are seen to vote, not only for a less conservative candidate for majority leader, but for one who is even significantly to the left of the one that was just toppled 2 days ago?

But again a supposedly conservative Republican cares more about his comfortable seat and not getting into fights with the liberal leadership than about actually advancing the conservative cause.

Red Widow on June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

That’s really not fair. Read anything from Hensarling or watch videos of him. Nobody has been a more principled opponent of Obama than he. Nobody was a stronger opponent of TARP, of Fannie and Freddie, of Dodd-Frank, you name it. He chairs a committee with Maxine Waters as Ranking Member, for crying out loud. He knows all about how to fight with liberals and win, and he never shies away from that.

But he isn’t a kamikaze and if he saw that the votes weren’t there he was not going to run a purely gestural race. He was caught flat-footed as everyone elase was by Cantor’s defeat. Kevin McCathy was the only one in position to move so fast.

I arlso believe Hensarling really would prefer to run either directly for Speaker os for Majority Leader with a new Speaker. I don’t see him getting along all that well with Boehner, though Boehner did jump him over some more senior Reps for the chairmanship of Financial Services.

rockmom on June 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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