GOP Elite Learns Nothing from Midterm Loss
House Republicans have elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the new Minority Leader, effectively replacing outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan with an ideological clone.
Despite getting shellacked by the House Democrats in the 2018 midterms, Conservative Inc. has learned absolutely nothing in the age of Trump. The GOP elites are now hoping for a Hail Mary in which a Democrat unseats Donald Trump in 2020, so The Swamp can go back to business as usual.
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), the hard-charging, pro-America, Trump-supporting firebrand from House Judiciary Committee, looked like a shoo-in for the position of either Minority Leader or Speaker of the House, depending on whether the GOP held the majority.
Instead, the now-minority Republicans decided to go with Captain Transpacific Partnership in a head-bangingly stupid move.
What was the thinking on this one? Squishy pro-amnesty RINOs lost every race in which the candidate ran away from President Trump and his pro-America immigration restrictions… so let’s put Kevin McCarthy in charge!
To understand what an amazing betrayal of the Republican base McCarthy’s election is, you have to look back at the past 15 years of the GOP leadership selling out America for cheap foreign labor.
The Republican leadership, back in its heyday, was comprised of four central figures: John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan.
These are the four men that orchestrated the dazzling GOP loss of both the House and Senate in 2006, by trying to push amnesty through Congress. Republican voters gave up on the GOP in disgust and it would be another decade before Donald Trump came along to try to give us hope again.
Boehner resigned in shame and Cantor was primaried by Dave Brat, who just lost reelection due to Democrat gerrymandering and mass immigration in Virginia.
Paul Ryan retired from Congress when he realized that voter support for that icky Trump was just going to be too much for him to overcome. That leaves Kevin McCarthy as the last amnesty RINO standing.
The Republican leadership obviously hopes that everyone has forgotten the last debacle in which Kevin McCarthy almost became the Speaker of the House. When John Boehner announced his retirement to go hang out at a winery for the rest of his days, Boehner’s pro-amnesty right-hand-man McCarthy was expected to seamlessly become the new Speaker.
But at the time, Washington, DC was awash with rumors that McCarthy was having an extramarital affair with North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, another staunch member of Boehner’s pro-amnesty team. Staff members for McCarthy and Ellmers were furiously leaking to the press that the two married Representatives were carrying on like Bill and Monica in the Oval Office.
Ellmers, who was primaried in 2016, is best remembered for shouting matches with her own constituents who kept asking her why she was so keen on amnesty for illegal aliens.
In the months before the Boehner replacement vote was to take place, Congresswoman Ellmers’s Facebook page was littered with hundreds of comments along the lines of, “Why don’t you stop b***wing Kevin McCarthy long enough to do something for the voters in your district?”
Electing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker in 2015 would have granted the Democrats a Republican sex scandal on a silver platter in 2016, so the Democrats were actually cheering for Kevin McCarthy to replace Boehner.
One day before Republicans were scheduled to vote on McCarthy as their new Speaker, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) announced that anyone running for Speaker who has any “skeletons in their closet” should drop out of the race.
Kevin McCarthy instantly dropped out. Within minutes of Jones’ request, McCarthy withdrew from the race without explanation.
This left Republicans in disarray for approximately 5 minutes before Paul Ryan “unwillingly” stepped into the breach and became Speaker of the House.
Now that Ryan is gone, the GOP elites are back to their old tricks. Kevin McCarthy is now the Minority Leader and a staunch Never-Trump ally of the elites will be keeping House Republicans in line.
So, now the Democrats have a major Republican sex scandal ready and waiting for 2020. They’ll bide their time and wait until just the right moment in 2020 to unleash it, in order to try to do maximum damage to Trump’s reelection and Republican efforts to retake the House.
In the meantime, they’ll just patiently wait and tell us how awesome it is to have Kevin McCarthy running the House minority.