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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SOS…it was his turn.

d1carter on June 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

McCarthy is described as “more liberal than Eric Cantor.”

Yet he’s in favor with Liberal Silicon Valley, so that appears, from the media I’ve read, to be his selling point and appeal as to those who want him to replace Cantor.

Reading this favoritism among the GOP for McCarthy, I am assuming that the GOP really, really, really wants to lose future elections. Oh, but they’ll be “popular” with Silicon Valley and illegal aliens.

Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Can Brat be selected? Or does he have to wait to win his race and be sworn in?

will77jeff on June 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oFOXzurBPjoQXvpjmV5-3QO-IElyVcbblf6igCZCHpQ/pubhtml

A list of who is supporting McCarthy or Labrador.

Down below is each person’s Heritage action scorecard score, club for growth score, and congressional district they represent. LT stands for lifetime. If there is only one score next to Heritage or CFG, then it means their previous score and lifetime score are the exact same. Below each candidates list of supporters, will be the average score of those candidates.

Kevin McCarthy-Heritage (42%, 50%LT), CFG (53%, 78%LT) CA-23
Jim Bridenstine-Heritage (92%), CFG (97%) OK-1
Robert Pittenger-Heritage (82%), CFG (80%) NC-9
Roger Williams-Heritage (77%), CFG (80%) TX-25
Scott Perry-Heritage (76%), CFG (90%) PA-4
Jeff Miller-Heritage (74%, 84%LT), CFG (81%, 87%LT) FL-1
Joe Pitts-Heritage (73%), CFG (79%, 86%LT) PA-16
Keith Rothfus-Heritage (69%), CFG (82%) PA-12
Patrick McHenry-Heritage (68%, 74%LT), CFG (73%, 88%LT) NC-10
Bill Shuster-Heritage (65%, 58%LT), CFG (75%, 70%LT) PA-9
Tom Marino-Heritage (55%), CFG (63%, 62%LT) PA-10
Pat Tiberi-Heritage (55%, 54%LT), CFG (59%, 64%LT) OH-12
Tim Murphy-Heritage (52%, 57%LT), CFG (48%, 52%LT) PA-18
Eric Cantor-Heritage (52%, 54%LT), CFG (68%, 77%LT) VA-7
Mike Kelly-Heritage (49%, 50%LT), CFG (58%, 56%LT) PA-3
Adam Kinzinger-Heritage (47%, 52%LT), CFG (49%, 54%LT) IL-16
Glenn Thompson-Heritage (47%, 48%LT), CFG (52%, 67%LT) PA-5
Mike Simpson-Heritage (46%, 47%LT), CFG (47%, 57%LT) ID-2
Rodney Davis-Heritage (45%), CFG (48%) IL-13
Lou Barletta-Heritage (42%, 45%LT), CFG (51%, 53%LT) PA-11
Pat Meehan-Heritage (41%, 43%LT), CFG (51%, 50%LT) PA-7
Devin Nunes-Heritage (40%, 51%LT), CFG (56%, 74%LT) CA-22
Jim Gerlach-Heritage (40%, 44%LT), CFG (43%, 45%LT) PA-6
Charlie Dent-Heritage (37%, 41%LT), CFG (43%, 50%LT) PA-15
Peter King-Heritage (35%, 39%LT), CFG (40%, 54%LT) NY-2
Mike Fitzpatrick-Heritage (33%, 40%LT), CFG (42%) PA-8

26 Total-Heritage (55%, 58%LT), CFG (62%, 67%LT)

Raul Labrador-Heritage (77%, 82%LT), CFG (86%, 95%LT) ID-1
Matt Salmon-Heritage (92%), CFG (100%) AZ-5
Jim Jordan-Heritage (91%, 93%LT), CFG (97%, 98%LT) OH-4
Louie Gohmert-Heritage (91%, 92%LT), CFG (94%, 89%LT) TX-1
Tim Huelskamp-Heritage (90%, 91%LT), CFG (98%, 99%LT) KS-1
Ron DeSantis-Heritage (89%), CFG (99%) FL-6
Justin Amash-Heritage (88%, 90%LT), CFG (99%, 100%LT) MI-3
Thomas Massie-Heritage (76%), CFG (93%) KY-4
Austin Scott-Heritage (74%, 76%LT), CFG (70%, 81%LT) GA-8
Paul Gosar-Heritage (72%, 76%LT), CFG (83%, 79%LT) AZ-4
Ted Yoho-Heritage (65%), CFG (76%) FL-3

11 Total-Heritage (82%, 84%LT), CFG (90%, 92%LT)

topdawg on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

topdawg on June 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Reading this favoritism among the GOP for McCarthy, I am assuming that the GOP really, really, really wants to lose future elections. Oh, but they’ll be “popular” with Silicon Valley and illegal aliens.

Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Overall, GOP leadership would just like to cut to the chase and consolidate into a single national party. It would make ruling us so much easier. They just haven’t convinced enough people yet and must carry on with the charade of two parties in DC.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

No to McCarthy for majority leader and no to Roskam for majority whip.

:-)

Fallon on June 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Go Marlin!

esr1951 on June 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

This vote will tell us whether or not the GOP learned anything in VA. I have already called my Rep. If they vote for Charlie, then they should be prepared for the consequences

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Let’s hear it for the RINO Party

SmallGovtGuy on June 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

topdawg on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

topdawg on June 19, 2014 at 1:28 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.

So it’s not always reliable to assume that “Libertarian” is necessarily friendly to any except the Left.

McCarthy, as Cantor (and Cantor’s favored to replace him), is the favored guy of those segments among the GOP, as just described. Same as Jeb Bush is and for the same reasons, however Conservative Jeb’s ‘values’ are claimed to be, he’s Leftwing in just about everything else, so is McCarthy.

Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Let’s hear it for the RINO Party

SmallGovtGuy on June 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

But, but, they’ll be POPULAR with Leftwing Silicon Valley AND with illegal aliens! POPULAR!

/snark.

Snarky but very true, unfortunately.

Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Why is it that all the republican leadership comes from blue or purple states? How on earth is a guy from California the future of the Republican party? Do Republicans even live in the real world? It’s becoming more and more obvious that their agenda has little or nothing to do with advancing what’s actually good for the people of this country.

Paperclips on June 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss!!

Deano1952 on June 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

It amazes that that the leadership has rushed this vote for Majority Leader before strong conservative anti-amnesty leaders like Jeb Hensarling had a chance to organize. I’m afraid Raul Labrador isn’t the answer.

But as far as Kevin McCarthy, even Bill Kristol thinks that Boehner et al orchestrating his lock of the leadership is bad newS: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/06/18/Bill-Kristol-on-McCarthys-Succession-of-Cantor-Unfortunate

And even realizes how Republican’s, and Americans in general, are tired of this talk of amnesty: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/12/Donald-Trump-Cantor-s-Defeat-Shows-Everybody-In-Congress-Is-Vulnerable-If-They-Support-Amnesty

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

But, but, they’ll be POPULAR with Leftwing Silicon Valley AND with illegal aliens! POPULAR!

/snark.

Snarky but very true, unfortunately.

Lourdes

Actually it’s not true. That’s what makes it even dumber.

xblade on June 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

The gop is dead.

Corrupt.
Progressive.
Filled with friends of big business.
Incapable of finding the will to stop the INVASION on the Southern border of the U.S.
Whiners about how bad the President is, but never actually opposing anything he does.

DEAD.

PappyD61 on June 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Alternate Headline:

7% Club holds head clown vote

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Is there even a remote possibility that someone with actual gonads will get the position? Oh, we’re talking about republicans….never mind.

Diluculo on June 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

If that’s true, why weren’t they better prepared to push someone forward as Cantor’s replacement?

Thinking ahead is a trait no longer extant in the GOP membership. They wait for someone to act, then strategize ways to look important at the surrender ceremony.

I’m ready for Hillary!

Let it burn.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

They don’t learn.
If surfer boy utters the word amnesty, it will be time to burn the phone lines so hot, Thad Cochran feels it in the senate and moves off from his latest animal conquest to flee the flames.

Cheese Wheel on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

All times low

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Jim Bridenstine-Heritage (92%), CFG (97%) OK-1 for MCCARTHY?

I had hopes that the young kid actually had a spine to oppose the leadership.

Justin Amash-Heritage (88%, 90%LT), CFG (99%, 100%LT) MI-3

Encouraged to see this for Labrador (although I didn’t like Raul’s answer on AMNESTY to Laura Ingraham the other day).

#gopstilldead

PappyD61 on June 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Showdown.

Inevitable. sigh…

Harbingeing on June 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

List of the guilty

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hensarling seems strong on the amnesty issue. I hope he runs at a later time.

Both McCarthy and Labrador are pro-amnesty sellouts.

bluegill on June 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Raul Labrador is not any better than Kevin McCarthy, according to Rep. Steve King.

“#Labrador is pro amnesty. If not this year, he has strongly advocated for amnesty next year. No fair trying to redefine amnesty,” King tweeted on Friday before Labrador made his bid officialy later that afternoon.

href=”http://http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/209313-king-labrador-too-pro-amnesty”>

sohumm on June 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

But, but, they’ll be POPULAR with Leftwing Silicon Valley AND with illegal aliens! POPULAR!
/snark.
Snarky but very true, unfortunately.
Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Yep!

bluegill on June 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Don’t need Pelosi…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Don’t need Pelosi…
Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Sorry…watching live on C-Span

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Drudge headlines:

Sheriff Joe: Obama’s ‘dumping of illegals is intentional’…
Boehner: ‘Administration’s own making’…
SHOCK PHOTO: Tin Foil Blankets…
Scabies, chicken pox…
Hundreds Arrive By Hour…
Perry: No room left for homeless Texans…
CLAIM: ‘Homeland’ Paying For Illegals to be ESCORTED INTO USA…
OPEN BORDERS: HEALTH FEARS SPREAD
—- ——— ———– ———- —– — —- —– —– —— —— —– —– ———-

More on Raul Labrador as a McCarthy opponent that was “acceptable” to the leadership: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/06/17/Ingraham-Slams-Labrador-on-Immigration-So-Youre-Where-Cantor-Is

But why didn’t Jeb Hensarling run for Majority Leader?

I heard that McCarthy knew before everyone else, for 24 full hours, about Cantor resigning as ML and that there would be a super rushed election for ML. Well, McCarthy and the leadership used this 24 hours to cement his position before effective opposition could form. Only the “acceptable” Labrador whose amnesty position is not substantially different from McCarthy was “allowed” to run. Something wasn’t right about how the establishment rushed this vote through to ensure they had their Chamber and amnesty shill McCarthy. Or the pro-amnesty Labrador.

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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.

..quite apart from the business-as-usual aspect of this post, how can I get a gummint gig like that? Imagine, it’s the middle of June and these puss-bags only have to show up 12 more times to work between now and November?

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

The War Planner on June 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

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.

This is a lie told to fool conservatives into voting GOP. It’s the same kind of lie as claiming the GOP is going to pursue conservative policies in GOP fundraising, etc., but never actually acted upon by anyone within the GOP. It’s the same kind of lie told by candidates during primaries to seem conservative.

Why anyone is ever surprised that the GOP always goes left when the rubber hits the road is lost on me. You all actually expect different results every time from the same people and same party.

It’s like you’re not paying attention.

Monkeytoe on June 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I heard that McCarthy knew before everyone else, for 24 full hours, about Cantor resigning as ML and that there would be a super rushed election for ML. Well, McCarthy and the leadership used this 24 hours to cement his position before effective opposition could form. Only the “acceptable” Labrador whose amnesty position is not substantially different from McCarthy was “allowed” to run. Something wasn’t right about how the establishment rushed this vote through to ensure they had their Chamber and amnesty shill McCarthy. Or the pro-amnesty Labrador.

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me. The GOP’s agenda is completely at odds with conservatives’ agenda.

But, we never let a little thing like the GOP’s actions deter us from voting GOP.

Monkeytoe on June 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Reading this favoritism among the GOP for McCarthy, I am assuming that the GOP really, really, really wants to lose future elections. Oh, but they’ll be “popular” with Silicon Valley and illegal aliens.

Lourdes on June 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The GOP believes, and rightfully so based on history, that conservatives will vote GOP no matter what. Until conservatives disabuse the GOP of that notion, the GOP will continue to operate under that assumption.

And, there is only one way for conservatives to disabuse the GOP of that notion.

Monkeytoe on June 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Alternate Headline:

7% Club holds head clown vote

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

..interesting to note the numbers on Gallup’s graph. Possibly:

43% in 1973 when Nixon quits.

40% in 1977 then craters while Carter dicks around with the Dromedary Rapers in Iran.

28% bottom in 1983 and then up to 41% during Reagan’s second term.

Craters until B. J.Clinton gets elected and immediately plummets until 2004 at approximately W’s re-election.

..then all downhill since then.

The War Planner on June 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Once again, a lot of people at HA are misreading McCarthy. If he wants to be ML again in January, he’ll watch and work to please his right flank very carefully.

McCarthy will also be securing commitments from every incoming GOP freshman, as well. Just watch.

People are underestimating this guy’s talent.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

We don’t need a budget. Why do we need a House majority leader?

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Regarding Jim Bridenstine’s support for KM, I am attaching his comments on his website, from 6/18/14:

“Statement on Leadership Election

Jun 18, 2014
| Jim’s Blog

The House GOP Leadership election this week is a short term “tryout” period, only serving the balance of the 113th Congress which ends on January 2, 2015. No member is beholden to vote for anyone in the 114th leadership election. I certainly reserve my right to vote for a new team in the 114th Congress if necessary.

If the choice is between Kevin McCarthy and Raul Labrador for Majority Leader for the balance of the 113th Congress, I will vote for McCarthy and my constituents and colleagues deserve an explanation. While I like Raul Labrador personally and I know he has the best intentions for our country and our party, he has taken some key positions that prevent me from supporting him for majority leader.

Domestically, our border laws are being ignored by the President, and a humanitarian crisis is ensuing. Mr. Labrador was a key leader attempting to create a path to legal status even while current border and interior laws are being disregarded. This has exacerbated the problem.

I firmly believe that the GOP needs to be the party that believes in a strong America.

Labrador’s positions on national security issues are significantly different from what I believe to be in the best interest of our country. He supported amendments to pull the 2nd Cavalry out of Europe (Coffman Amendment) and to cut an aircraft carrier (Blumenauer Amendment) shortly before Putin invaded Crimea. He has supported amendments that give foreign terrorists more rights than US military personnel overseas (Smith-Amash and Smith-Broun) and he has supported amendments to cut funding for our troops in Afghanistan (Van Hollen & Mulvaney amendments). We are not living in an era when our leaders should present American weakness.

In the Whip race, I support Marlin Stutzman. He demonstrated great courage leading the Republican Conference to change 40 years of precedent in the Farm Bill and break the unholy alliance between food stamps and farm subsidies. The combination of these two programs has resulted in decades of government growth and control of markets. Each of these huge programs deserves to be considered on its own merit.

It is time for leaders who believe in a strong America. I will vote for leadership on the basis of this principle.”

tomshup on June 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Votes being counted now. Expect a report shortly… says guy guarding the door.

jffree1 on June 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

OK…Kevin McCarthy is new Majority Member says the blingy blonde staffer at the mic…Majority Whip next…

Any votes for Rep Prune for Whip?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

McCarthyism is alive and well.

Cantor’s brother will be in charge, for a short time.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Shep Smith about to announce the vote results.

jffree1 on June 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

McCarthy defeated Labrador. Now a race for Whip.

jffree1 on June 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Crap. McCarthy’s in.

If Roskam takes McCarthy’s place, it will almost be worse than before.

Fallon on June 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The Stupid party picks McCarthy.

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

McCarthyism is alive and well.

Cantor’s brother will be in charge, for a short time.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

As you noted, for a short time!

tomshup on June 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

If Roskam takes McCarthy’s place, it will almost be worse than before.

Fallon on June 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Exactly.

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

“Safe” and predictable.

Way to go, fools!

Not “almost,” it will be worse than before.

RedPepper on June 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I think Scalise might win Whip on first ballot… deemed the trade-off for stability at the top.

If Roskam wins on 2nd or 3rd ballot, it’s conservatives’ own fault — Sultzmann of Indiana is dividing conservative members.

That said, leadership votes are very tricky and uniquely personality-based. For example, Fred Upton is supporting Scalise, whereas Trey Gowdy is supporting Roskam. If it were based on ideology, the opposite would be true.

HA readers should take note.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Status quo.

So, how long before McCarthy begins his 24/7 AMNESTY push, picking up where Cantor left off?

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

For God’s sake, does anybody read? There are only 12 legislative days left before the November elections. Does anyone seriously think that the House is going to pass ANY immigration reform?

Conservatives are going to be very pleasantly surprised with McCarthy. He needs them if he wants to keep his job in January.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Unlike many conservatives on the forum, I am not the least worried about McCarthy becoming the new Majority Leader… or of Roskam winning the Whip.

RINOs LOVE power… and it should come as no surprise to many political watchers that they are the ones holding all the top positions in the House and Senate.

It is time for us to line them up like ducks and take them off one by one. So let McCarthy and Roskam climb up the ladder so we can more easily pick them off.

Conservatives just need to make sure that they can get some of their into the leadership pecking order so that as we clear out the Old Guard, the New Guard can take over.

TheRightMan on June 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

People are underestimating this guy’s talent.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

How’s that “Battered Conservative Syndrome ” working out for you?

You are brain dead and tone deaf. We’ve already left.

Jayrae on June 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Meet the new d-bag, same as the old d-bag.

bbinfl on June 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Raul Labrador went out a class act.

Of course he will.

The GOP Establishment loves it when conservatives concede defeat and go out as class acts, something they NEVER do.

Nope, Establishment Republicans go out burning the bridge.

TheRightMan on June 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Conservatives are going to be very pleasantly surprised with McCarthy.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I doubt it. McCarthy is another huge AMNESTY proponent. Conservatives weren’t happy with Cantor – and McCarthy is no different – on any issue.

This really is more of the same.

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Got to love that Labrador is asking for a unanimous vote so everyone gets cover for their McCarthy support.

We have a bunch of backbenchers masquerading as courageous conservatives in Congress, except when it comes to the rubber hitting the road.

But they LOVE to take credit when they can.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Business as usual, status quo, pro-amnesty, big-government, establishment (R).

No better than a (D).

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The vote wasn’t shown on C-Span. Was it a secret vote or do we get to find out how our reps voted?

Shay on June 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 8m

MORE: House GOP elects California Rep. McCarthy majority leader, replacing Eric Cantor in No. 2 post: http://apne.ws/UinaTV

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The Associated Press @AP · 14m

BREAKING: House Republicans elect California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as majority leader, party’s No. 2 post.

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

F***, the RINOs win… He who says the word RINO more than 200 times a day shall be called a god of true conservatism… Now who among you wants to be called a god of true conservatism… Let the god step forward…

mnjg on June 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Rep. Kevin McCarthy elected House majority leader
25m
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is elected House majority leader – @WesleyLowery
see original on twitter.com
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Bids to replace Rep. Eric Cantor in House leadership
30m
The Majority Leader’s vote is being tallied right now; winner will be announced to the press and then whip vote begins – @jeffzeleny

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

And since it’s a secret vote, they don’t even have the b@lls to stand up for their votes.

F’ing sackless and pathetic.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

You are brain dead and tone deaf. We’ve already left.

Jayrae on June 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

tomshup on June 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Hmmmmm. A tryout like the CR and the Sequester? The fix is in. The GOP is bought and paid for by the CoC. No hope for any kind of reform with the three stooges that will be in charge. I would have taken anybody other than KM for leadership. Pick one. Anyone. The GOP picked a leader with a 60% conservative rating that targeted the tea party and libertarians.

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

These people are not centrists, unless the Chamber of Crony Capitalists represents Middle America, and it most certainly does not.

VorDaj on June 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

And of course it was a secret ballot. They never learn

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’m going to disagree with Allah’s critique on the “speed” argument. For one, if the election itself is so harmless, as was stated by Allah and in the comments, why rush to get McCarthy elected? Indeed, why did Cantor vacate his position, and why did Boehner seek to fill it with Cantor’s chosen replacement before Cantor even left?

With the 2014 elections looking to swing in conservatives’ favor, it is likely that the conservative caucus in the House had been planning a way to remove Boehner and Cantor from their positions of leadership. They were, then, preparing to make moves for the leadership elections in Jan 2015. Allah points out that McCarthy’s election today would give him that much more time to solidify his position and strengthen his ties with other Rs in the House.

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

As predicted earlier, inside word is that several uncommitted GOP members from Pennsylvania are breaking to Scalise, which might give him a first ballot victory.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

The GOP picked a leader with a 60% conservative rating that targeted the tea party and libertarians.

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Well can you blame them? We have elected a bunch of backbenching whiners who are next to useless individually and double their stupid with the herd mentality of the HOR.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Hmmmmm. A tryout like the CR and the Sequester? The fix is in. The GOP is bought and paid for by the CoC. No hope for any kind of reform with the three stooges that will be in charge. I would have taken anybody other than KM for leadership. Pick one. Anyone. The GOP picked a leader with a 60% conservative rating that targeted the tea party and libertarians.

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Brock Robamney just unveiled the Republican conspiracy… Brock Robamney shall be called a god of true conservatism… He deserves it, he earns it, he is a god…

mnjg on June 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Might have to be a second vote for GOP Whip.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

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.

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

Might have to be a second vote for GOP Whip.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

If so, it’s conservatives own fault. Roskam has been banking on a 2nd ballot all along. Stutzman is dividing the conservative members of the caucus with his third-party candidacy.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

If so, it’s conservatives own fault. Roskam has been banking on a 2nd ballot all along. Stutzman is dividing the conservative members of the caucus with his third-party candidacy.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Too many conservatives feel that they are God’s gift to existence and won’t bow out to consolidate conservative votes to take out more liberal competition. Of course, running for office requires an already outsized ego to begin with anyways, so color me not surprised when this happens over and over and over.

Not to mention people who are false flag candidates.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

If so, it’s conservatives own fault. Roskam has been banking on a 2nd ballot all along. Stutzman is dividing the conservative members of the caucus with his third-party candidacy.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

It’s all rigged anyway. No one wants to lose their committee seats if they go against the Weeper. So, this whole thing is nothing but smoke.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Steve Scalise takes it

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Amanda Muñoz ‏@AmandaAMunoz

The next #GOP whip is @SteveScalise
Washington, DC

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Scalise

jffree1 on June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

If (unconfirmed) Scalise on 1st ballot – victory for conservatives.

Now I presume they’ll need to elect a new Rep Study Chair?

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

If (unconfirmed) Scalise on 1st ballot – victory for conservatives.

Now I presume they’ll need to elect a new Rep Study Chair?

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Louie Gohmert has thrown his hat into the ring.

NWConservative on June 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Louie Gohmert is running for RSC Chair. Don’t know who else.

jffree1 on June 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

At least 3 candidates for GOP Study Chairman, perhaps more.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Sounds like the establishment had to make a deal with conservatives which is interesting.

crankyoldlady on June 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

https://twitter.com/russellberman

Rep. Kevin McCarthy elected House majority leader
6m
Conservative Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is elected House majority whip on 1st ballot – @russellberman

Retweeted by Russell Berman
The Hill @thehill · 1m

Scalise wins majority whip race in the House http://j.mp/UiyMpP by @russellberman

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Okay, a mixed bag.

Fallon on June 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I will never vote for another RINO again. They don’t deserve my support with how they stab me and my nation in the back.

njrob on June 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

If so, it’s conservatives own fault. Roskam has been banking on a 2nd ballot all along. Stutzman is dividing the conservative members of the caucus with his third-party candidacy.
matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Hmm… The GOP abandoned all their principles and it’s the conservatives fault? Interesting. This is hardly a surprise. The rumors have been since Cantor’s loss that KM would be the majority leader and Scalise would be the whip. This is what the powers that be wanted

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Pic of the Day: Will Dingy Reid Call Them ‘RAAAAAAAAAAAACIST’?

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

RWM: Nice scoopy,….oh boy, pandora’s box openeth!:)

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

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.

..quite apart from the business-as-usual aspect of this post, how can I get a gummint gig like that? Imagine, it’s the middle of June and these puss-bags only have to show up 12 more times to work between now and November?

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

The War Planner on June 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Isn’t it amazing how much damage they can do while working so few actual days?

talkingpoints on June 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The rumors have been since Cantor’s loss that KM would be the majority leader and Scalise would be the whip. This is what the powers that be wanted

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 4:11 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

WHAT REPUBLICANS MAKE UP THE HOUSE GOP WHIP TEAM?

I only know these …

1. WHIP – Scalise (LA)
2. Chief Deputy Whip: Roskam (IL)

There are MORE deputy, or assistant whips … who are they?

Google no help me.

HondaV65 on June 19, 2014 at 4:27 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

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

Come on man, get with the conspiracy theory crowds among us, it is the “true and pure conservative” thing to do…

mnjg on June 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

This is what the powers that be wanted

Brock Robamney on June 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

They were sitting inside a dark room in an undisclosed location smoking cigar and drinking whiskey and making the evil laughs…

mnjg on June 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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

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

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

There are MORE deputy, or assistant whips … who are they?

Google no help me.

HondaV65 on June 19, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I’ll do the best I can.

There are several deputy whips, usually regional and/or allies of the majority whip — presumably Roskam will stay on in this role.

The next big election is for GOP Study Chair, which is an influential policy position.

As to conference chair – the person who is a liaison for all members to the leadership — Cathy McMorris Rogers is staying in that position.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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

Never before in the history of the Republic the leader of one party congratulated a member of the other party for winning a leadership position… You sir have unraveled the ultimate truth and henceforth you shall be called a god of true and pure conservatism…

mnjg on June 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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