Kevin McCarthy to lobbyists, Chamber of Commerce: Don’t worry, it’ll be business as usual in the House

posted at 5:31 pm on June 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

So claims Bill Kristol, citing sources on the Hill.

Second look at Eric Cantor as a write-in candidate this fall?

The reaction [to Cantor's loss] in our nation’s capital, 90 miles away? Pretend it didn’t happen. Or if you had to acknowledge it happened, pretend it was of no significance. Or if you had to acknowledge it was of some significance, pretend it was merely a product of unique and local circumstances. Above all: Don’t draw any meaningful conclusions from what happened. And truly above all: Don’t change your behavior in any important way.

So the night after Eric Cantor’s defeat, the House Republican whip, the amiable Kevin McCarthy—the apparent frontrunner to succeed Cantor as leader because intelligent conservatives don’t want to compete for the privilege of serving as No. 2 to the amiable speaker, John Boehner—was telling a group of lobbyists pulled together by the Chamber of Commerce in a private room in a D.C. steakhouse: Don’t worry, nothing much will change, it will be business as usual in the House of Representatives.

But change was in the air. McCarthy spoke at the Capital Grille. Team Cantor had run up a campaign tab of $168,637—more than the total campaign spending of his challenger Dave Brat—at competing steakhouses Bobby Van’s and BLT Steak, a mile away. Who says politicians aren’t responsive to voters?

Translation: Amnesty’s still on the agenda, sooner or later. Raul Labrador’s decided to bite the bullet and jump into the race for majority leader as a conservative alternative to McCarthy, but like I said yesterday, I think that’s token opposition. It’s gratifying that the race won’t be a walkover and it’s smart of Labrador to seize an easy opportunity to build a reputation as a fighter among tea partiers (he’s already on the outs with Boehner so he has little to lose inside the House), but he’s going to get crushed. Having him on the ballot is useful mainly as an outlet for a few dozen House conservatives to register their dissent when the caucus chooses McCarthy, whose ACU and Heritage ratings are worse than Cantor’s.

Gabe Major asked a fair question this morning, though. Why should we expect the rest of the caucus to shift gears just because Cantor lost? It’s a shocking result, but it’s one race. The rest of them won their primaries, didn’t they?

True, but Cantor was no ordinary Republican and the reason he lost was no ordinary reason. I don’t mean immigration, either. The one common thread I’ve seen in every postmortem of the race, left or right, is that Brat succeeded brilliantly in framing Cantor as a creature of Washington’s cronyist K Street/Wall Street culture. Amnesty, a wishlist item for McCarthy’s friends in the Chamber of Commerce, is just one part of that larger problem. Seeing the House majority leader get crushed by an anti-cronyist message pushed by a no-name who spent next to nothing on the race has, I think, turned the outcome retroactively into a referendum on this question: Are congressional Republicans (not to mention congressional Democrats) too servile towards wealthy special interests? The answer: Of course they are. Of course they are. Of course they are, and everyone understands it. That perception is what should have made the caucus think twice about nominating Cantor’s right-hand man to succeed him. The backbenchers might have won their primaries (the inertia of incumbency is tremendous) but the perception that something’s deeply wrong with the Republican status quo remains. I thought the make-up of the new leadership would acknowledge that somehow. Nope.

Exit question via Phil Klein: If the establishment’s big problem is convincing House conservatives to go along on tough bills, why on earth would they want a guy like McCarthy who’s distrusted by grassroots righties to be their new salesman? Ideally they’d want someone who’s respected, however grudgingly, by the right but who plays well with the center to be the new leader. Which makes me wonder what have happened had Paul Ryan expressed interest in the job.


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Call your representatives. Tell them not to support McCarthy!

When it comes to amnesty, McCarthy is WORSE than Cantor.

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Ugg

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

you guys should go with mccarthy..obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

My comment from the headlines thread:

Fight the Chamber of Commerce / amnesty shill McCarthy.

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

Everybody seems to be saying “amnesty is dead” now. But remember after Scott Brown won when everyone was saying “Obamacare is dead.” Crazy as it sounds, if McCarthy wins, the House is very likely to pass amnesty in August.

Amnesty in August. This is why:

The Majority Leader controls the legislative agenda. And the crazy thing is that Boehner said that Boehner himself was not responsible for not having a vote on amnesty. Cantor was!! Cantor prevented a vote on amnesty! True. Yes, Cantor is for amnesty or forms of amnesty, but to a much lesser degree than McCarthy. Cantor is from a very conservative district with a small Hispanic population. Not McCarthy, McCarthy is from a CA district with a large and growing Hispanic population. McCarthy is going to be much more beholden to his Hispanic constituents than Cantor.

Paul Ryan has said that he wants immigration reform to come up for a vote in August, just when McCarthy would assume the ML position! It’s not good that they are rushing this vote for Majority Leader through, not giving the opposition time to form properly, or time for the people to get critical of McCarthy. Well, this situation is critical. Contact your representative and tell him: a vote for McCarthy as ML is as good as a vote for amnesty! And spread the word, repeat these points on other posts here or other blogs and social media or in your emails.

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I already wrote to my Congresswoman letting her know if she doesn’t publicly express support for Labrador, I’ll be supporting her opponent in the primary this year.

Not that it will do any good.

commodore on June 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The turn around is going to take a little longer and another couple elections.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Memo to conservatives from the House leadership: “We don’t care what you think or want. But vote for us and send your campaign money in return for our empty promises.”

This is not what they say in public, but actions speak louder than words.

s1im on June 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The backbenchers might have won their primaries (the inertia of incumbency is tremendous) but the perception that something’s deeply wrong with the Republican status quo remains. I thought the make-up of the new leadership would acknowledge that somehow. Nope.

They are true to their constituencies, which are not us. And they will fight to the end to stay in power. Which is why it’s important for candidates like Dave Brat to keep running.

NOMOBO on June 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Not that it will do any good.

commodore on June 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Hey – you took action – while most just bitch – you acted – well done.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Cantor lost to a Madisonian, small-government advocate. The leadership should reflect that direction. But now is not the time for that fight. The time for that fight is after the election.

ShadrachSmith on June 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

What is with these people and DC steakhouses? Can’t you do it all just as easily at a fish house, a raw bar, an Olive Garden?

Esaus Message on June 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I swear, these people are completely tone deaf.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

you guys should go with mccarthy..obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Are you saying that Labrador is a dog?

NOMOBO on June 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

McCarthy has amassed a small “kitchen cabinet” of lobbyists

Awesome! Just what the average Joe wants in GOP politician (/sarc). A Majority Leader that is totally in cahoots with big business.

McCarthy has ingratiated with lobbyists and big business types. He admits it. And he has insidiously used that position to aid the campaigns of fellow Repubs to make them feel indebted to him. That’s the only reason why this amnesty shill is apparently likely to win the Majority Leader vote (not if we can help it!). And listen to Breitbart:

An optimistic scenario, posited by some on the right, was that conservatives could build support for a candidate over the coming months and mount a serious challenge in November.

But that runs square against how power works in the Capitol. McCarthy will likely be able to consolidate power over that span, making him much more difficult to dislodge.

Oppose McCarthy now before it’s too late.

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I just don’t understand this crap. Can someone please tell me why the Chamber of Commerce is pushing for amnesty? Yeah, I know cheap labor but if all these illegals get to vote, they will vote democrat, then the dems vote to raise the minimum wage through the roof and then there is no cheap labor. I just don’t get this unless the chamber is out to destroy the middle class what other purpose is there to this????

BeachBum on June 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

What is with these people and DC steakhouses? Can’t you do it all just as easily at a fish house, a raw bar, an Olive Garden?

Esaus Message on June 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

C’mon. Those places are for the little people. They need meat to make them feel powerful.

NOMOBO on June 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

obama would eat labrador for breakfast.
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?
blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Too funny, you two. :-)

bluegill on June 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Paul Ryan is almost as establishment as any other chairman or leadership member. He would have trouble with grassroots conservatives, perhaps not in his district, but as a symbol elsewhere in the country.

And I’m tired of hearing how amiable Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner are. These are ambitious men, who put on a smile, while breaking people’s thumbs. Kevin was Eric’s hatchet man, he was the Majority Whip for chrissakes!

Esaus Message on June 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Everyone is saying “amnesty is dead now.” NOT SO FAST. That’s what they said about Obamacare when Scott Brown got elected. These people, especially Boehner, are dead set on ramming amnesty through.

While Cantor is for amnesty, it’s likely that Cantor would have nevertheless continued to block House votes on amnesty this year, while CA’s McCarthy as Majority Leader may very well bring amnesty up for a vote in August.

The Majority Leader controls the legislative agenda. Paul Ryan is asking for an amnesty vote in August. Chamber of Commerce shill McCarthy, who is from CA with a district with a strong and growing Hispanic population, is likely to give it to him! Tea Party candidate Labrador for sure will not bring up amnesty this year.

This is serious, folks.

Oppose McCarthy with everything we got. And spread the word on blogs and social media, and via email. Whatever it takes.

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I know cheap labor

BeachBum on June 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

It’s a little more than “cheap labor” – but no point debating our immigration system — since all anyone can think about is Amnesty.

Immigration reform is 100′s of issues – but until Amnesty if OFF THE TABLE – we cannot discuss the other issues. Tough fact of life.

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

LOL

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I just don’t understand this crap. Can someone please tell me why the Chamber of Commerce is pushing for amnesty? Yeah, I know cheap labor but if all these illegals get to vote, they will vote democrat, then the dems vote to raise the minimum wage through the roof and then there is no cheap labor. I just don’t get this unless the chamber is out to destroy the middle class what other purpose is there to this????

BeachBum on June 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The Chamber doesn’t want cheap labor, they want minimum wage labor. And it doesn’t matter to them what the minimum wage is. A high minimum wage hurts the lower classes, not the business class. Businesses would just raise their prices to absorb the higher labor cost if mimimum wages were increased because their competitors would be in the same boat. The problem for them comes when there are not enough minimum wage workers because that would cause some of them to hire workers at a higher wage, which would be harder to compete on through price hikes.

NOMOBO on June 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

…he’s gotta go!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

So claims Bill Kristol, citing sources on the Hill.

Bill Kristol? I will wait for confirmation from more reliable sources.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Interesting will be to see IF McCarthy wins the vote for Majority Leader.

Although, whenever I hear the name “Kevin McCarthy,” politics isn’t what comes to mind…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Although, whenever I hear the name “Kevin McCarthy,” politics isn’t what comes to mind…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I actually had that same thought – not the best name for GOP leader is it?

jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I actually had that same thought – not the best name for GOP leader is it?
jake-the-goose on June 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Most unfortunate, indeed! The LSM possibilities are endless…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 13, 2014 at 5:57 PM

So, that’s where the Chamber of Commerce money is going….boycott the Chamber at all levels…

d1carter on June 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Titanic is not for turning.

the_nile on June 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

And what really gets me is how Boehner has rushed / rammed this Majority Leader vote through to try in a truly sinister plot to sneak in his right hand man and amnesty pal Kevin McCarthy, one of Cantor’s “Young Guns.” No no no. Don’t go with this GOPe Chamber hack that is going to infuriate more than half of the base. Go with someone that will make ALL Republicans happy. NOT McCarthy!

Here’s an article showing how the sudden rush to vote for ML has been done to insure a McCarthy victory: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/quick-turnaround-mccarthy-edge-gop-race-24120079

Delay the vote! Or don’t vote for McCarthy.

Here’s a comment from Schadenfreude yesterday:

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.

STOP the plot to put McCarthy in as Majority Leader!

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I swear, these people are completely tone deaf.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Corrupt and without a conscience. Mostly evil.

the_nile on June 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I already wrote to my Congresswoman letting her know if she doesn’t publicly express support for Labrador, I’ll be supporting her opponent in the primary this year.

Not that it will do any good.

commodore on June 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

You want your Congresswoman to support an immigration lawyer who fought ICE to keep illegals in this country as majority leader? Why?

alchemist19 on June 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

So when is McCarthy up for election? Time to move another one out the door.

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Money talks and Truth walks. Populist movements have come and gone, with the People evermore being crushed by monied interests. I like to believe in my dreams that our elected pols really do have the country’s best interests at heart, but, then comes the dawn and reality smacks me in the kisser. Term limits are needed, but will never happen. The mantra is, of course, that the electorate must be engaged and educated as to the machinations of their representatives. Good luck with that. With the dumbing down (and leftest indoctrination) of all students, historical revisionism, politics by sound bytes and personal destruction by drive by lies, attacks by the PC Police and intimidation of all but the Progressive Left, is it any wonder that the country is headed to Hell in a hand basket?

vnvet on June 13, 2014 at 6:03 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.

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 and the border patrol itself facilitates their entry into the U.S.!!!!!!!!). Crazy. Not right. We could soon be swamped by millions upon millions of “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 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

More insiders trying to make sure that they are too big to fail at our expense.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

There’s a district in California that needs to bite the bullet and make sure McCarthy loses in November. Man its going to take some work to get rid of our democrats in the GOP.

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Those Republican assholes won’t listen until they lose the House AGAIN.

GarandFan on June 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Which makes me wonder what would have happened had Paul Ryan expressed interest in the job.

FIFY.

BuckeyeSam on June 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

There’s a district in California that needs to bite the bullet and make sure McCarthy loses in November. Man its going to take some work to get rid of our democrats in the GOP.

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If they’re there long enough, they all become just another federal employee, AKA, a democrat.

Rational Thought on June 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

you guys should go with mccarthy..obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Obama is going to eat labrador anyway you knuckledragger based on his dietary past in Indonesia.

I see it is batting practice here at HA today with mr. kockhead.

KirknBurker on June 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

McCarthy promised the caucus no vote on amnesty or other comprehensive immigration reform in order to sew up the ML vote. More hyperbole and disinformation on HA that the house will pass an amnesty bill in August.

The real fight is for the whip position. Leadership votes rarely track ideology. For example, Fred Upton is supporting scalise, the conservative, whereas Trey Gowdy is supporting Roskam, the GOPe candidate. Go figure. It’s because of personal relationships and a host of other considerations having nothing to do w ideology.

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

McCarthy is unopposed in November in California, which enhances his candidacy for ML; he can raise millions for the NRCC. The ML race is over.

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

There’s a district in California that needs to bite the bullet and make sure McCarthy loses in November. Man its going to take some work to get rid of our democrats in the GOP.

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Rep. Kevin McCarthy ran unopposed in California’s “Top Two” Primary on June 3rd.

As a result, Kevin McCarthy will not have any opposition in the November General Election from any party.

McCarthy is probably the ONLY member of the House of Representatives who has effectively already won re-election 2014.

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

wren on June 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I already wrote to my Congresswoman letting her know if she doesn’t publicly express support for Labrador, I’ll be supporting her opponent in the primary this year.

commodore on June 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That’s what’s needed!

Just say that a vote for McCarthy will be considered a vote for amnesty, and strongly advise against!

Do not listen to the McCarthyBot plants that are trying to obscure the waters and so weaken McCarthy’s opposition. Labrador is strongly against “immigration reform,” at least as Obama and Rubio puts it. Here’s Labrador’s House page on immigration:

While America’s immigration system is broken, comprehensive immigration reform will not and should not happen in 2014…

Our top priority for immigration reform should be securing our nation’s borders and enforcing the immigration laws that are already on the books. To do that, we must give our federal immigration enforcement officials the resources they need to enforce the laws we already have. We must also allow local law enforcement to work together with our federal immigration officers in order to provide the interior enforcement needs of our nation.

Beyond additional enforcement, reform must include modernizing our guest worker programs. Guest workers are vital to keep industries in America, and particularly in Idaho, competitive internationally. By providing a legal avenue for foreign workers to enter the United States, a guest worker program is critical to secure the border and eliminate illegal immigration.

The Senate comprehensive bill repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty. I will oppose any legislation – such as the Senate bill – that is based on the philosophy of “legalization first, border security later.”

There’s no way in hell that Labrador will put amnesty up for a vote this year. Chamber shill McCarthy is likely to do just that.

Labrador for Majority Leader!

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Is it distressing to see more and more evidence of the attitude of the ruling class.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Is it distressing to see more and more evidence of the attitude of the ruling class.

on both sides

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

They don’t learn. Burn them until they learn. Call your reps.

Cheese Wheel on June 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

McCarthy already promised the caucus no amnesty vote this year. He will not back peddle on that promise or he’ll be voted out in January

Is this too difficult to grasp, joe?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

…and this is why it doesn’t matter if the Republicans keep the House or win the Senate.

It’s crony capitalism and big government no matter which party wins.

Eff the GOP.

…and, yeah, I have contacted my Congressman.
It doesn’t do a damn bit of good. He (Pitts) and his chief of staff talk like conservatives at home and vote with Boehner in Washington. I’m done with him.

DRayRaven on June 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

As usual, we are stuck with shitty or shittier.

Cheese Wheel on June 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Grrr…

Fallon on June 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

And regardless of whether McCarthy has “promised” that he won’t bring amnesty to the floor, any such promise would not be reliable, as politicians do break promises (lol), and Labrador doesn’t need to promise it. He won’t.

Start breaking up the Boehner and Young Guns liberal Republican monopoly on the House leadership.

Putting the Chamber of Commerce shill McCarthy in there would be a major disservice to the Republican voters. Ask Republican voters if they want to be thought of as “the party of Big Business” (the Chamber), and almost all will say no. So why would we put McCarthy in as ML? It’s crazy.

Oddly, it’s McCarthy’s Chamber connections and financial shenanigans (funding other Republicans’ campaigns so they are indebted to him) that would help him in a dirty way get the ML position. Next, the guy, with the way he ingratiates and spreads his Chamber $$ around, would probably be Speaker. No McCarthy!

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM

McCarthy will get his, like his twin Cantor did.

They is learning nothing.

When the left lament your loss, you’s very bad.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

No, it’s not about whether McCarthy “promised” not to bring up amnesty. With Boehner and McCarthy and Ryan as a tag team, we would constantly be subject to uncertainties on whether their “principles of immigration” (which McCarthy signed on to) would all of a sudden come up for a vote. Somebody would say: “McCarthy didn’t you promise not to do that?” McCarthy would just laugh as he counted momre Chamber of Commerce donations to spread around the caucus to make sure he has a solid lock on leadership. Scary. Oppose McCarthy with everything we’ve got.

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

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

McCarthy…ugh…anything from Kalifornica is left wing rubble, no matter what the party affiliation. Something about Kalifornica that seems to permeate any politician with reeking liberal mold.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I’d laugh my buns off if McCarthy lost the election come November.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Erik Ericsson at red state is a trouble maker who is making millions conjuring up non-existent crises and distorting the records of many good conservatives. For Ericsson, the perfect is the enemy of the good. He’s more interested in destroying GOP unity than defeating RATS and winning majorities.

McCarthy will do NOTHING to divide the GOP coalition before November. We want to retain the House and expand our majority. Why in the name of God would McCarthy threaten that?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Timberline, how can McCarthy lose in November given that he is unopposed for re-election? Does anyone read anymore?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I just don’t get this unless the chamber is out to destroy the middle class what other purpose is there to this????

BeachBum on June 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the greatest threat to middle class America that exists.

The Chamber turned to the dark side when it brought Thomas Donohue on as its CEO.

bw222 on June 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Btw, when we look at individual issues beyond amnesty, we will also find McCarthy often landing on the liberal side. Like with McCarthy sounding a lot like a CA leftist on “climate change” and energy:

“California must continue to invest in cleaner and healthier energy technology that will enable us to meet growing demand, while protecting the environment,” McCarthy said. “Climate neutral power will enable us to expand our economy, reduce air pollution & secure a bright energy future for our state.

Please. “Climate neutral” is not words to be used by current Republicans, unless you’re of the left coast or the Chris Christie ilk.

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

No one makes millions running a blog like redstate.com.

Since you are cracking on others, you might learn how to spell correctly. It’s Erick Erickson.

bw222 on June 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Rep. Kevin McCarthy ran unopposed in California’s “Top Two” Primary on June 3rd.

As a result, Kevin McCarthy will not have any opposition in the November General Election from any party.

McCarthy is probably the ONLY member of the House of Representatives who has effectively already won re-election 2014.

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

wren on June 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Kantor had the same smug attitude too and look what it got him. It ain’t over until November is over.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Very good. However, you may need to explain it to thisisbrainless

cthemfly on June 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

It’s a surge to suck up to the money pumpers now. Fluff em hard boys, fluff em hard.

Diluculo on June 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Timberline, how can McCarthy lose in November given that he is unopposed for re-election? Does anyone read anymore?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

McCarthy only won the primary. November will decide everything. In Kalifornica it wouldn’t be beyond belief that a DemocRAT opponent might clip McCarthy’s smug arrogant wings to take that seat away from him.

All things are possible. Consider Obama winning a second term. Who’da thunk.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

It’s absolute baloney to give weight to any “promise” the amnesty shill McCarthy made on amnesty. If not this year, with McCarthy’s lock on leadership*, it would be next year that he and his close pal Boehner would push amnesty to the floor. Of all possible things to happen after the Cantor defeat the very last thing we want is for Boehner to strengthen his power by getting his right hand man McCarthy in there as Majority Leader. And like a tick McCarthy would never be able to be dislodged.

*Yes, McCarthy would have a lock on leadership, not because of the issues, but because of the way he spreads his Chamber of Commerce money around to get members in debt to him. This is insane that we would have this kind of backroom old style venal politician in charge, and a liberal Californian at that. GET A RED STATE REPUB as Majority Leader!

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Since I believe you have connections with the establishment and know what you are talking about, does this year include JAN. of 2015 in the lame duck?

KMav on June 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Since I believe you have connections with the establishment and know what you are talking about, does this year include JAN. of 2015 in the lame duck?

KMav on June 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I’d laugh my buns off if McCarthy lost the election come November.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Since there’s no (R) willing to run against him, can we at least hope for some decent (D) competition? In fact, seeing him lose would be well worth the negligible cost of one RINO house seat, since it shouldn’t have any overall effect on majority status. That said, it’d be a hoot if whatever conservative activists are in his district put together a strong push for the (D). A focus on that might swing more (R) “hearts and minds” in the Congress than any other action, offering a great ROI.

bofh on June 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Kantor had the same smug attitude too and look what it got him. It ain’t over until November is over.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

McCarthy only won the primary. November will decide everything. In Kalifornica it wouldn’t be beyond belief that a DemocRAT opponent might clip McCarthy’s smug arrogant wings to take that seat away from him.

All things are possible. Consider Obama winning a second term. Who’da thunk.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Due to California’s insane “Top Two” Primary system, McCarthy has already won re-election.

No other candidate, from any Party, challenged McCarthy in California’s June 3rd Primary. So no other candidate, from any Party, will appear on the November ballot for McCarthy’s seat.

It’s over for this seat. Focus on other races.

wren on June 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Someone called out Redstate, but if you Google McCarthy on amnesty you see articles up and down the line talking about McCarthy’s support of the “immigration principles” or “amnesty light” that would become full amnesty in no time flat. It’s Ryan’s amnesty that McCarthy is for, his words:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is from California and whom Cantor is backing to succeed him, is widely expected to take the [Majority Leader] helm.

McCarthy has in the past expressed support for giving undocumented immigrants a path to legal status, although not full-blown citizenship [the Boehner and Young Guns "principles of immigration" of amnesty light which would soon become full amnesty].

McCarthy stressed earlier this year that his support for an opportunity to allow some undocumented immigrants to legalize their status was not tantamount to being in favor of amnesty, or rewarding people who break the law. [why isn't it??]

“If you want to become a citizen, you’ll have to go through the path,” he said… He added that the path to legal status was “a decision that every Republican will have to make.” [???]

McCarthy’s district is 35% Latino, starkly different than that of Cantor, whose district is only 2% Latino.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/06/13/how-will-eric-cantor-potential-successor-kevin-mccarthy-handle-immigration/

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

No other candidate, from any Party, challenged McCarthy in California’s June 3rd Primary. So no other candidate, from any Party, will appear on the November ballot for McCarthy’s seat.

It’s over for this seat. Focus on other races.

wren on June 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Laws like that only apply to (R) candidates. Dems can always find a judge or a trunk-full of ballots, or some constitutional emanation or penumbra to get around it. I’m still hopeful…

bofh on June 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

All things are possible. Consider Obama winning a second term. Who’da thunk.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

As others have already stated, McCarthy ran unopposed by anyone in the primary, R or D. So he’s essentially already won his next term.

cat_owner on June 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Timberline, how can McCarthy lose in November given that he is unopposed for re-election? Does anyone read anymore?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

McCarthy only won the primary. November will decide everything. In Kalifornica it wouldn’t be beyond belief that a DemocRAT opponent might clip McCarthy’s smug arrogant wings to take that seat away from him.

All things are possible. Consider Obama winning a second term. Who’da thunk.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

no way in heck McCarthy will lose in Nov…the 23rd district comprises the most conservative areas of LA county, and thank god for that. He was my rep before the last year redistricting, now we have that far left loon, Lois Capps as rep, with the terrible consequence that she’s on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Is that what you want, more like her? You people are deranged. This being said, guaranteed McCarthy will keep his seat in Nov (Bakersfield and Central Valley solid R). Choke in it.

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

wren on June 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Very true. It’s hard for the rest of us to understand California’s “top two” election process. The “top two” candidates with the most votes in the primary face off in the general election (unless there is only one candidate running) regardless of party affiliation.

This really plays into the hands of the Democrats as they can nominate a liberal Republican in one of the state’s solidly Republican areas and then hope for a Lisa Murkowski effect (liberal and moderate Republicans joining in the primary to elect a Lisa Murkosski Republican).

bw222 on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Majority Leader for the Chamber of Commerce, and Farm Bureau.

Another Drew on June 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

So when is McCarthy up for election? Time to move another one out the door.

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM
November! But he will probably win, :((

Bakokitty on June 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

You people are deranged. This being said, guaranteed McCarthy will keep his seat in Nov (Bakersfield and Central Valley solid R). Choke in it.

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I’m not sure if that’s called for. This attack on hotair commenters that are just expressing their opinion that the CA Republican McCarthy is to liberal and too Chamber ingratiated for their liking. Your attacks on commneters today and as I’ve seen on other days kind of reminds me of the commenter Capitalist Hog.

anotherJoe on June 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Timberline, how can McCarthy lose in November given that he is unopposed for re-election? Does anyone read anymore?

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

McCarthy only won the primary. November will decide everything. In Kalifornica it wouldn’t be beyond belief that a DemocRAT opponent might clip McCarthy’s smug arrogant wings to take that seat away from him.

All things are possible. Consider Obama winning a second term. Who’da thunk.

timberline on June 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

no way in heck McCarthy will lose in Nov…the 23rd district comprises the most conservative areas of LA county, and thank god for that. He was my rep before the last year redistricting, now we have that far left loon, Lois Capps as rep, with the terrible consequence that she’s on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Is that what you want, more like her? You people are deranged. This being said, guaranteed McCarthy will keep his seat in Nov (Bakersfield and Central Valley solid R). Choke in it.

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

You mean Kern county, and you are right, he will win. He ran unopposed in the primary just held a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if there were billboards in central that exposed his amnesty plans, if they could tell the legal Hispanics here that they’re jobs will be on the line if amnesty goes through? I don’t think they would want that outcome, but I could be wrong. We are so f**ked!

Bakokitty on June 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Very true. It’s hard for the rest of us to understand California’s “top two” election process. The “top two” candidates with the most votes in the primary face off in the general election (unless there is only one candidate running) regardless of party affiliation.

bw222 on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

It is certainly understandable that California’s “Top Two” Primary would confuse people in normal states.

Here is the description of the Primary system from California’s Secretary of State website for those who want more info:

Primary Elections in California

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What is a voter-nominated office?

The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, which took effect January 1, 2011, created “voter-nominated” offices. The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committees, or local offices.

Most of the offices that were previously known as “partisan” are now known as “voter-nominated” offices. Voter-nominated offices are state constitutional offices, state legislative offices, and U.S. congressional offices. The only “partisan offices” now are the offices of U.S. President and county central committee.

How are primary elections conducted in California?

All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference – move on to the general election. A write-in candidate will only move on to the general election if the candidate is one of the top two vote-getters in the primary election.

Prior to the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, the top vote-getter from each qualified political party, as well as any write-in candidate who received a certain percentage of votes, moved on to the general election.

The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local office.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/statewide-elections/2012-primary/faqs-primary-2012.htm

Californians are discovering a whole host of “unintended consequences” associated with this relatively new “Top Two” system. Even liberals are starting to turn against it.

wren on June 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

You mean Kern county, and you are right, he will win. He ran unopposed in the primary just held a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if there were billboards in central that exposed his amnesty plans, if they could tell the legal Hispanics here that they’re jobs will be on the line if amnesty goes through? I don’t think they would want that outcome, but I could be wrong. We are so f**ked!

Bakokitty on June 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Yes, kern county I meant. I vote in 24th which is LA county, and given he was my rep at one point, before redistricting, I just typed LA county out of reflex.

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Since McCarthy has won his general election, he can now concentrate exclusively on raising $ and expanding the GOP majority from coast to coast.

Conservatives interested in balance in the house GOP leadership should be focusing on the whip race. The conservative challenger, Steve scalise of Louisiana has a real shot and the vote may be very close.

If I were a betting man, I’d pick scalise over Roskam, the GOPe candidate, which is the price sunbelt conservatives are demanding to keep a check on McCarthy. As noted previously there are a lot of cross-currents, withTrey gowdy supporting Roskam; while Fred Upton is committed to scalise.

It’s gonna be very interesting.

Thank you to earlier poster for correcting my spelling on Erick Erickson. He may not be making money on his blog, but he’s making a fortune on CNN creating dissent within GOP ranks. Jesus may love him but I still think he’s an a–hole.

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Can we just say that a “California Conservative” can say what he wants because the tea party has been choked on California. However, the Chamber of Commerce, which is a nationwide organization, should take a step back and look at what they’re trying to do. If they play this wrong, we’re going to end up with a 3rd party, not this year but by 2018. Winning this year and in 2016 is way too important. We can’t however, allow the establishment Democrats and Republicans, to govern and drag us deeper into the hole. If the Chamber can’t figure that out, perhaps they need to re-evaluate their thinking. There isn’t going to be a pork-barrel spending for business because the pork barrel is almost empty. So, you can take the party that is against raising taxes and live there, or take the party that believes you’re the most vile disgusting people on the planet who don’t pay nearly enough in taxes. Chamber, the choice is yours. If you want Obamacare, increased taxes, and crony capitalism, keep on trying to destroy the tea party and that’s what you’ll get.

bflat879 on June 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

LOL! Winner.

As for this:

…why on earth would they want a guy like McCarthy who’s distrusted by grassroots righties to be their new salesman?

They’re not called the “stupid party” for nothing.

batter on June 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Indeed. Don’t worry CoC, your money is still WELL SPENT. Business as USUAL. Amnesty is still ON. You’ll still get what you paid for.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Thank you to earlier poster for correcting my spelling on Erick Erickson. He may not be making money on his blog, but he’s making a fortune on CNN creating dissent within GOP ranks. Jesus may love him but I still think he’s an a–hole.

matthew8787 on June 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Completely agree with you on erickson, biggest azz there is, and he thrives on creating dissent, it’s his raison d’etre.

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Now is the chance for Republican’s to show their true colors. They are willing to support the Invasion of this country by Future Democratic Voters that are Hispanic, but are they willing to allow a Conservative Hispanic serve as a part of the Leadership?

We know McCarthy is a traitor to the American people. So it is no big deal NOT to vote him in.

I say give Labrador a chance.

I Vote for the TRUE CONSERVATIVE = LABRADOR.

Nat George on June 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

They replaced Cantor, with another Cantor. That was the intent

McCarthy even went to the Main Street Partnership retreat. He wants a path to citizenship. He rates more leftist than Cantor

why on earth would they want a guy like McCarthy who’s distrusted by grassroots righties to be their new salesman? Ideally they’d want someone who’s respected, however grudgingly, by the right but who plays well with the center to be the new leader. Which makes me wonder what have happened had Paul Ryan expressed interest in the job

.

The symbolism was to House members, as much as to the public. There are House members who would vote amnesty, but fear the electorate. This appointment was to let them know leadership is watching. If they don’t tow the line, the leadership will do to them in the next election, what it has done to dissenters in prior election.

A bunch of the bunch are no talent stooges. This weakness helps keep them in line. Play ball, get rich. Dont play ball,

Who’s got the motel photos?

As far as Ryan. Who said he turned it down? They need him to run the zuckerberg ads. They may also be holding him in reserve for a presidential rerun. They don’t want the dirt on his fingers. He can pretend to be dismayed by any hardball. Good cop bad cop.

He has been sold as the uniter. He may be used to ‘broker’ a phony compromise. He is being positioned for that, and his face time has been limited, to keep his image ‘clean’

Why so much time on McCarthy?

More interesting is the way the same crowd is pretending Obama is not filling up the military bases with bussed in ‘refugees’ Those ‘refugees’ IMHO are part of the GOP leadership strategy also. THat will be the excuse Ryan uses to ‘unite’ both parties for the ‘children’

The chillun are going to be the excuse for ‘bipartisanship’

entagor on June 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

You want your Congresswoman to support an immigration lawyer who fought ICE to keep illegals in this country as majority leader? Why?
alchemist19 on June 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I fear Labrador is the trojan horse to pacify conservatives then ram amnestyor try to a la Rubio. Give me Louie Gohmert.

AH_C on June 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

NumbersUSA Immigration Congressional Grades

Cantor C+
Labrador C+
… stinks but at least better than …
McCarthy F-

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/my/tools/grades

Trey Gowdy B

The best in House:
A+
King, Steve (Rep. – 4th) R – IA 96%
Nunnelee, Alan (Rep. – 1st) R – MS 96%
Black, Diane (Rep. – 6th) R – TN 95%
A
Gingrey, Phil (Rep. – 11th) R – GA 94%
Barletta, Louis (Rep. – 11th) R – PA 93%
Graves, Sam (Rep. – 6th) R – MO 93%
Jones, Walter (Rep. – 3rd) R – NC 93%
Flores, William (Rep. – 17th) R – TX 92%
Hartzler, Vicky (Rep. – 4th) R – MO 92%
Marchant, Kenny (Rep. – 24th) R – TX 92%
Woodall, Rob (Rep. – 7th) R – GA 92%
Blackburn, Marsha (Rep. – 7th) R – TN 91%
Westmoreland, Lynn (Rep. – 3rd) R – GA 91%
A-
Calvert, Ken (Rep. – 42nd) R – CA 89%
Campbell, John (Rep. – 45th) R – CA 89%
Culberson, John (Rep. – 7th) R – TX 89%
Lankford, James (Rep. – 5th) R – OK 88%
Rohrabacher, Dana (Rep. – 48th) R – CA 88%
Hall, Ralph (Rep. – 4th) R – TX 87%
Brooks, Mo (Rep. – 5th) R – AL 86%

DaMav on June 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Thread winner

307wolverine on June 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

I swear, these people are completely tone deaf.
crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

They are not tone deaf. They know perfectly well what they are doing. Cantor’s wife is a bigwig in the CoC and Kevin McCarthy is going to be the majority leader no matter what. CoC money controls the House. Scalise will be the whip, and he will use whatever dirty trick or tactic to keep the GOP in line. The only consolation prize for me is that I don’t have to see Eric Cantor’s stupid face every day

Brock Robamney on June 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

The first defeat of a Republican Leader in history and the party declares it will be “business as usual”.

Think about that for a moment. You will not only discover what people loath about Washington. But in particular, the Republican Party.

We won’t regain our government until every person who thinks like that is removed from office.

These people don’t care about us. They only care about themselves.

Marcus Traianus on June 14, 2014 at 6:25 AM

They are not going to repeal Obamacare. There is too much money involved. They are working on an insurance co bailout, which means more cash for their coffers. Bigwigs from Aetna and Humana have met with Boehner and Cantor the other day

Brock Robamney on June 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM

obama would eat labrador for breakfast.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You do realize that Labrador is a person and not a breed of dog, right?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

One more time, for good measure. :-D

(I think koch offered up a meatball here, on purpose.)

Fallon on June 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

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