Open thread: House Republicans to vote on new leadership at 2 p.m. ET; Update: McCarthy new majority leader; Update: Scalise wins the whip race

posted at 1:21 pm on June 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

The bad news: Kevin McCarthy, the centrist Cantor deputy who’s funded by all the same people who fund his boss, is a near-lock to become the new majority leader. The good news: Once Cantor steps down on July 31st, there’ll be only 12 more legislative days until November, when the caucus will hold another leadership vote for the next term — and this time, conservatives will have time to prepare. The bummer about McCarthy winning today isn’t that he’ll do any damage before the midterms, it’s that it’ll give him a little extra time to consolidate power before the next leadership vote. Maybe a huge conservative turnout in the midterms will convince GOP fencesitters to tilt towards Jeb Hensarling, Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, or whoever emerges as the conservative challenger to McCarthy in the fall.

The real action today is in the whip race. If McCarthy gets elected majority leader, as everyone expects, a vacancy will open up for House majority whip. There are three candidates vying for that — Pete Roskam, McCarthy’s deputy; Steve Scalise, the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee; and Marlin Stutzman, who’s running to Scalise’s right on grounds that he’s a bit too cooperative with moderates like McCarthy and Roskam. Scalise appears to have the most votes banked right now, per WaPo, but not quite enough for a majority. Roskam trails behind him and Stutzman is a distant third — but Stutzman has enough conservative support that he could play kingmaker if Scalise doesn’t win outright on the first ballot. Why might Stutzman throw his support to a moderate like Roskam instead of to a fellow conservative? Strategy:

Scalise’s tenure at the RSC has not been viewed as favorably as that of his predecessor, Jim Jordan, whom tea party faithful viewed as more loyal to their cause. Republican sources who requested anonymity so they could speak candidly on the race said there is concern that if chosen, Scalise would be more cooperative with leaders than they would like. That left the door open for another conservative alternative, Stutzman, who is now splitting the conservative vote. Roskam has expressed confidence that he will make it to the second ballot, and if Scalise beats Stutzman, some sources believe Stutzman voters could defect to Roskam so conservatives can regroup and challenge the whole establishment leadership slate in the next Congress.

In other words, since today’s election means so little in policy terms, why not make it a clean sweep of centrists at the top in Boehner, McCarthy, and Roskam? That’ll give House conservatives something to rally against in November, when the real leadership election takes place. If you elect Scalise now, Boehner and McCarthy will argue in the fall that conservatives already have a representative in a top leadership position and therefore there’s no need to focus on electing a new Speaker or majority leader. On the other hand, if Scalise wins, he’d understand that conservatives will be watching him closely as the chief bulwark against Boehner and McCarthy on things like comprehensive immigration reform. He already has a rap among some righties for being too accommodating with McCarthy. If he doesn’t resist, his time in leadership will be short. He has an incentive to play hardball.

While we wait, here’s Raul Labrador telling Fox News two days ago that he’s “close” to getting the votes he needs to upset McCarthy for majority leader. Uh huh. Exit question: House conservatives are spinning McCarthy’s win as a function of speed, i.e. that when a vacancy opens suddenly in the leadership, naturally a guy who’s already there and has built relationships with the entire caucus can move quickly to line up the votes he needs. You can’t expect righties to put together a serious challenge overnight. Okay, but I feel like there’s a new story in conservative media every week about conservatives quietly lining up votes to oust Boehner as Speaker if he makes any sudden moves on amnesty. If that’s true, why weren’t they better prepared to push someone forward as Cantor’s replacement? Why wasn’t someone — Hensarling, Jordan, whoever — already chatting with people behind the scenes about support in case Boehner suddenly moved on amnesty and the caucus decided to try to remove him? They’ve been talking about replacing Boehner for two years and yet McCarthy seems to have crushed them with 24 hours of gladhanding last week. Hmph.

Update: Via Townhall’s Amanda Munoz, Kevin McCarthy won the majority leader vote:

Still waiting on the whip election, which might produce a surprise.

Update: Raul Labrador went out a class act:

Well done, sir.

Update: Score one win for the conservatives:

This was a three-way race that could well have gone to a second round … but didn’t.


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Pelosi congratulates McCarthy …

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/19/Nancy-Pelosi-Congratulates-Kevin-McCarthy

That pretty much says it all. McCarthy is going to be a disaster.

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Are we overreaching here a bit? By this reasoning Reagan was a disaster because Carter called him on November 4, 1980, to congratulate the incoming president on his landslide victory.

Conservatives want civility in America, except when they can find some asinine conspiracy therein.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

No, the GOPe wanted Roskam to win the whip race. Scalise is more unpredictable to them. So, we’ll see.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Roskam has a 52% from the Heritage Scorecard. I’ll take Scalise at 81%. Stutzman would have been better (but not much) at 84%.

Still a pretty good win at least on a 1:1 comparison between Scalise and Roskam for me.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Reality check: Neither Hensarling nor Jordan has shown any interest in the Majority Leader or Whip positions, they are happy with their influence where they are.

Guys like Labrador are not the glittering conservatives some people think.

If conservatives are more worried about fighting for leadership positions than winning seats in November, we will win fewer seats.

Fortunately, most of us aren’t nucking futz.

Adjoran on June 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Yeah, Labrador V McCarthy was a race between two amnesty supporters, of which, Labrador was worse.

But McCarthy has a FORTY TWO percent rating from Heritage.

He most definitely should not have been majority leader.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

No, the GOPe wanted Roskam to win the whip race. Scalise is more unpredictable to them. So, we’ll see.
matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Yet I called it a week ago… How could that be??? Scalise is and has always been a team player when his vote is needed

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I wish Louie Gohmert had run for it. Oh well.

Ward Cleaver on June 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Rep. Kevin McCarthy elected House majority leader
33s
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: ‘I want to congratulate the new members of our leadership team..Competition is a good thing’ – @ChadPergram

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

It took 6 years for the real Republicans to unseat the Whigs in the 1850s.

this own’t happen overnight, either.

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Stay classy, man. The personal invective is really evidence of serious thought.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I’m not a man,”gutless wonder” but I’ve have been blessed with more intestinal fortitude than you!

Good luck with your “0bama Republicans” and their “Rollover Caucus.”

It’s a recipe for disaster.

Jayrae on June 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I had forgotten about this but it seems pretty apt today. A tribute to our government.

Oldnuke on June 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Amen. I’ve been called every name in the book just for begging that we focus a fraction of our ire on Obama/Reid/Pelosi rather than each other.

It’s ridiculous, stupid, and counter-productive.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

That would be true IF the GOPe wasn’t actively working against us in every way they possibly can, but the fact is, they are.

So, just stop with the whole, it’s the Dims fault be mad at them, when it’s the GOPe that are constantly stabbing us in the back.

And I only have the last 30 years as evidence of that.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

To celebrate I found an RNC postage and fees envelope I’d been holding and stuffed it full of paper. I figure it will cost the RNC at least $5.00.

bw222 on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Never trust a man named Kevin McCarthy who isn’t Catholic. This one’s Baptist.

bw222 on June 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

For all the keen Libertarian coolness applied to Club For Growth, they ARE a big proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens, more H1visas (more foreign workers, more foreign populations, because:blahblahblah) and ‘gay’ marriage, among other favored Leftwing things.
Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I agree. And Labrador is also soft on immigration despite the constant pr to the contrary

rollcall Feb. 5, 2013 Labrador conceded that conservative critics would likely label legalization as “amnesty,” a charge that has derailed previous attempts at passing immigration reform. But the congressman, a conservative stalwart on most issues, suggested the policy would sell with voters back home.

“Anything we do is going to be called amnesty by any number of people. The reality is that we have to do something about the people that are here; we’ve got to figure out how to do it fairly, so we can solve the immigration problem,” said Labrador, who practiced immigration law for 15 years.


032013 Buzzfeed
““What I think should happen is, anybody who’s here illegally can come out of the shadows, become legalized in some way, have some sort of legal status, and the status could lead to legal permanent residency and citizenship eventually, but just the same as anybody else who falls into that category,” he added.


politico 7/29/13
Notably, there is no bill yet that creates a guest worker program for industries other than the agricultural sector. But Republican Reps. Ted Poe of Texas and Raul Labrador of Idaho are working on legislation to provide visas for temporary workers, a Republican aide said Monday. The bill is expected to be introduced after the August recess.

Maybe someone is playing Good Cop / Bad Cop

entagor on June 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

entagor on June 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The dirty little secret that the GOPe won’t admit and doesn’t like brought out, is that the contents of a “comprehensive immigration bill” are irrelevant. Once it passes the House, it will be gutted and amnesty will be inserted in conference. Viola, there’s your amnesty.

So, they may not call it that, and it may no start out as that, but it WILL end up as amnesty.

And everyone on the hill knows it.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The dirty little secret that the GOPe won’t admit and doesn’t like brought out, is that the contents of a “comprehensive immigration bill” are irrelevant. Once it passes the House, it will be gutted and amnesty will be inserted in conference. Viola, there’s your amnesty.

So, they may not call it that, and it may no start out as that, but it WILL end up as amnesty.

I don’t believe the GOP House is planing to pass an legislation on “immigration reform” (or amnesty) anytime soon. We should be pretty safe this year.

Yet, it is important for the GOP to gain control in both chambers of the Congress this year. Otherwise, Republicans would not have the power to stop Obama from granting some small or medium-scale amnesties during his last two years of the presidency.

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Dudes, I am loving the Heritage Action Scorecard for rating our RINO reps — it seems a lot more volatile than the ACU Rating, and Heritage is anti-amnesty, where the ACU is Pro.

I can’t wait to look at the Sunday Propaganda Shows with this handy little tool.

Example: Utah. Look at Chaffetz and his lofty ACU Rating 94% for his career. Heritage has him at 70%. Ass-Clown Hatch is a 89% ACU lifer, but Heritage knows better: 59%

Jaibones on June 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

My gut tells me that Cantor resigned as ML because he and Boehner decided that it would be more beneficial to them to get McCarthy in now, to stave off an attack from the right in January.

mrteachersir on June 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, and they rushed the leadership vote. Also, we hear that McCarthy knew about Cantor’s planned resignation for 24 before the rest of the House knew, and McCarthy used that time to cement his position. Not good.

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Cantor resigned as majority leader bcuz he is an honorable man. It was the correct thing to do, demonstrating to his caucus that he no longer had the support of his constituents and, by extension, could not satisfactorily lead them, or at least continue to ask them to put their trust and confidence in him.

It was the right thing to do.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

BS. One, if you claim he no longer had the support of his constituents (I am one of them), why hasn’t he resigned from Congress? Two, you become House Majority Leader be being elected by other House members. Did he lose their support? No. Three, Cantor is not now, has never been, and will never be, my leader.

He resigned in order for the caucus to do just what they did. Elect another RINO to the position to establish his bona fides among the members and to find out who isn’t on the GOP team anymore. Like Labrador. After the mid-terms, they may not get their way due to an influx of new, super-red blood lines, and they want to know who they have to watch.

Honor is something you will not find the US Congress. If any member had any, he/she would already have resigned.

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Yet, it is important for the GOP to gain control in both chambers of the Congress this year. Otherwise, Republicans would not have the power to stop Obama from granting some small or medium-scale amnesties during his last two years of the presidency.

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I hate to say this, but he’s going to do it regardless. He’ll do yet another end-run around Congress, and he’ll dare the Rollover Caucus to try to remove him from office.

So, while having the (R)’s control the Senate is probably preferable to the (D)’s, it won’t serve to temper Oblahblah’s Leftist Jihad on the Constitution in the least.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

So we continue with having RINOs in charge of the house. Hopefully conservatives Reps will challenge the leadership in November. Even the whip is a RINO. (yes he may vote conservative, but he loves to trash the TEA-Party, a Mitch McConnell clone)

http://www.redstate.com/2014/06/19/members-of-congress-should-support-marlin-stutzman/

BroncosRock on June 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Cantor resigned as majority leader bcuz he is an honorable man. It was the correct thing to do, demonstrating to his caucus that he no longer had the support of his constituents and, by extension, could not satisfactorily lead them, or at least continue to ask them to put their trust and confidence in him.
It was the right thing to do.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Matt, your RINOness is strong. Good for you. But please acknowledge that you haven’t the foggiest idea why Cantor even gets out of bed in the morning. You know nothing about his motivations. Right?

Jaibones on June 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

He is just another t_rd in the fishbowl. I hope he get’s knocked-off in the next Congress with Bone-head.

It is ashamed Congress is so gutless to keep putting these guys up in power.

Nat George on June 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

No surprise. And no surprise it will be business as usual.

rickv404 on June 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Don’t trust Scalise. He is a Boehner boy. Ask Peter Teller. Amnesty is coming in August. Ander Crenshaw and 70 other Republicans voted on June 13 to fund welfare for illegal immigrants

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I hate to say this, but he’s going to do it regardless. He’ll do yet another end-run around Congress, and he’ll dare the Rollover Caucus to try to remove him from office.

So, while having the (R)’s control the Senate is probably preferable to the (D)’s, it won’t serve to temper Oblahblah’s Leftist Jihad on the Constitution in the least.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

True. Obama Administration would continue its push for amnesty, in order to help the Democratic Party achieve “a permanent majority” in this country, by importing massive low-income, low-skill government defendants.

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Don’t see that happening..:)

Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I hate to say this, but he’s going to do it regardless. He’ll do yet another end-run around Congress, and he’ll dare the Rollover Caucus to try to remove him from office.

So, while having the (R)’s control the Senate is probably preferable to the (D)’s, it won’t serve to temper Oblahblah’s Leftist Jihad on the Constitution in the least.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

If we can keep the House and win back the Senate this year, perhaps we can help block, for example, liberal Supreme Court judiciary nominees under the Obama Administration. I strongly suspect that Obama’s Supreme Court nominees will be as radical as Obama, which could drive us crazy for decades. A GOP Senate should help block this kind of nonsense.

Many of us do not like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, but most GOP politicians at least pretend to listen to its base and the conservative media. On the other hand, Obama and his liberal allies are going half-crazy on amnesty when pushing the liberal agenda, and are much much worse.

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Are we overreaching here a bit? By this reasoning Reagan was a disaster because Carter called him on November 4, 1980, to congratulate the incoming president on his landslide victory.

Conservatives want civility in America, except when they can find some asinine conspiracy therein.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Jimmy Carter was the worst president in decades up to Reagan’s election. But one thing he was not was impolite.

Nancy Pelosi is not a polite person. Having her say something nice about you means she is seeing things she wants done getting done.

astonerii on June 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

What difference, at this point, etc.

tenore on June 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

#gopstilldead

PappyD61 on June 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Don’t see that happening..:)
Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Did you see this happening? Section 8 housing for illegal immigrants? If Amnesty ain’t happening, then why do we need section 8 housing for illegal aliens?

hmmmmm….

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I don’t know if this has been mentioned yet, but Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is running for Republican Study Committee chairman in the event that Scalise is elected Whip.

Let’s get behind Louie for this!! Contact your Reps now!!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/12/Hensarling-Bows-Out

Last sentence in the article.

bluefox on June 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Dudes, I am loving the Heritage Action Scorecard for rating our RINO reps — it seems a lot more volatile than the ACU Rating, and Heritage is anti-amnesty, where the ACU is Pro.

I can’t wait to look at the Sunday Propaganda Shows with this handy little tool.

Example: Utah. Look at Chaffetz and his lofty ACU Rating 94% for his career. Heritage has him at 70%. Ass-Clown Hatch is a 89% ACU lifer, but Heritage knows better: 59%

Jaibones on June 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Good info, thanks. That explains why the ACU is always used to support the RINOS.

bluefox on June 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

No I did not..But I don’t see them passing a comprehensive amnesty bill this session..:)

Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Many of us do not like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, but most GOP politicians at least pretend to listen to its base and the conservative media. On the other hand, Obama and his liberal allies are going half-crazy on amnesty when pushing the liberal agenda, and are much much worse.

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Erm… No! The GOP Establishment does NOT listen to its base! If they did, we would NOT be in the mess we are in now and there will be no need for a Tea Party movement.

At least, give Obama and the Dems credit. They remain focused on pushing a liberal agenda and are bent on remaking America. I sure wish we could say the same of the GOP Establishment who will fight tooth and nail for leadership positions but then proceed to do ZILCH with respect to pushing a conservative agenda.

TheRightMan on June 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

McCarthy is as bad as Cantor. Remember this?

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/gop-source-says-majority-whip-drafted-boehner-conservative-purge-list/

Wigglesworth on June 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Actually now that I think about it it’s more like #conservatismstilldeadinthegop

PappyD61 on June 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM

ACU is actually pretty solid, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage can be pretty sketchy at times.

The problem with scorecards is some really major stuff slips through the Grand Canyon sized cracks and savvy legislators can get some real liberal and crony capitalist stuff through and not get caught. One former “most conservative member of congress” did just that with an amendment to a bill which would have enriched a handful of his supporters and shutdown a nice chunk of already producing oil wells offshore.

If all you do is go by scorecards, stay a lofo voter.

Scalise will do just fine. He can yeehaw and shout down the opposition with the best of them, but he does his best work winning liberals over to vote for conservative bills. He has done this in a democrat controlled state legislature as well as the even in Nancy Pelosi controlled one. In that respect, he is very Reaganesque

Kermit on June 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

All you need to know about ACU is it is run by a big government, amnesty-loving RINO named Al Cardenas.

Wigglesworth on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Good info, thanks. That explains why the ACU is always used to support the RINOS.

bluefox on June 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

No credit here…never heard of it before today. Hat tip to:

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Kermit has a point that scoring models can be manipulated by the parties in their slimy voting practices.

Jaibones on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

BTW, the Koch brothers backed Scalise. Without them, FreedomWorks doesn’t exist.

Kermit on June 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Jaibones on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Most scoring models are at most on a couple dozen bills.

Kermit on June 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Scalise will do just fine. He can yeehaw and shout down the opposition with the best of them, but he does his best work winning liberals over to vote for conservative bills. He has done this in a democrat controlled state legislature as well as the even in Nancy Pelosi controlled one. In that respect, he is very Reaganesque
Kermit on June 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Scalise is as Reaganesque as Obama. If he is the great conservative hope, how did he get past Boehner? The guy is a snake who is sleazier than Eric Cantor

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Maybe there was a deal cut??..Who knows??..:)

Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Maybe there was a deal cut??..Who knows??..:)
Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Boehner doesn’t deal. Especially when he wants to control the party. Ask Paul Teller and Tim Huehlskamp

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

They all deal..Maybe Scalise just won it out right..Who knows unless you were there..:)

Dire Straits on June 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM

McCarthy is as bad as Cantor. Remember this?

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/gop-source-says-majority-whip-drafted-boehner-conservative-purge-list/

Wigglesworth on June 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I don’t remember the article, but remember what I called the 3 musketeers. Boehner, Cantor & McCarthy. They stripped the Conservatives/Tea Party members of their Committee slots and then also their Sub-Committee slots. I knew what McCarthy was & still is and will be worse now.

Cantor is a weasil and I never could stand him. I am so thankful he lost his seat, thanks Virginia!!!!

bluefox on June 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Scalise is as Reaganesque as Obama. If he is the great conservative hope, how did he get past Boehner? The guy is a snake who is sleazier than Eric Cantor

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Good point. You know they are going to try to get their person in for his replacement. We need to get behind Louie Gohmert now for the Republican Study Committee Chair position.

bluefox on June 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

So the so-called conservative consolation prize in this race is a trojan planted by Boehner as the head of RSC and then sold as conservative? The GOPe does know to organize well.

promachus on June 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I don’t really care who won, or what his past is. What I care about is whether or not we have GOP leadership who has balls and is willing to actually do something about the financial mess they’ve created and that they continue to screw up.

We’ll see if this is just another “Boehner republican” who cannot be discerned from democrats. If they continue to pass bills with Dem support, I’m completely done with all GOP candidates.

Wino on June 20, 2014 at 1:16 AM

I don’t believe the GOP House is planing to pass an legislation on “immigration reform” (or amnesty) anytime soon. We should be pretty safe this year.

Yet, it is important for the GOP to gain control in both chambers of the Congress this year. Otherwise, Republicans would not have the power to stop Obama from

From? From happily doing the exact very same things that he wants in order to stop Obama?

In war (for our nation’s freedom) it is one thing to sneak and put on the enemy’s uniform–but these guys don’t want to do it for sabotage purposes–but because they secretly like the enemy’s uniform better. It’s more cool and lucrative.

Now we’re seeing and hearing rumblings of the next GOP capitulation (climate change.)
Save money and consolidate the parties into one supreme party please. This hypocrisy is getting well past the sanity stage.
Souls for sale anyone?.

Don L on June 20, 2014 at 4:34 AM

So the so-called conservative consolation prize in this race is a trojan planted by Boehner as the head of RSC and then sold as conservative? The GOPe does know to organize well.
promachus on June 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Yet the lollipop guild here thinks things will change. They are changing all right. After primary season in August, we will have an Amnesty push and Scalise will whip the votes for it. There is a reason why we have Eric Cantor’s pick for majority leader and Boehner and Cantor’s pick for whip. The die has been cast, and the 7% crew are the rulers

Brock Robamney on June 20, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Cantor resigned as majority leader bcuz he is an honorable man. It was the correct thing to do, demonstrating to his caucus that he no longer had the support of his constituents and, by extension, could not satisfactorily lead them, or at least continue to ask them to put their trust and confidence in him.
It was the right thing to do.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

You know how many people who are giving you grief for posting that called up their congressman, the RNC or anyone under the sun to see to it that McCarthy wasn’t the new majority leader?

Zero.

V7_Sport on June 20, 2014 at 7:21 AM

You know how many people who are giving you grief for posting that called up their congressman, the RNC or anyone under the sun to see to it that McCarthy wasn’t the new majority leader?

Zero.

V7_Sport on June 20, 2014 at 7:21 AM

LOL! You know how many GOP congress critters care what their constituents think?

Z.E.R.O.

The writing is on the wall. They are all “Bought and Paid For.”

The party is over.

Jayrae on June 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

You know how many people who are giving you grief for posting that called up their congressman, the RNC or anyone under the sun to see to it that McCarthy wasn’t the new majority leader?
Zero.
V7_Sport on June 20, 2014 at 7:21 AM

I’m glad you think you speak for me, but you don’t. I know for a fact many have called begging that their congressman change their vote. I personally believe that you have a Svengali relationship with the GOP. They can do no wrong in your eyes, but the truth is, the only ideological politicians are Obama and Clinton

Brock Robamney on June 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

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