Republican division comes home to roost
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-California, is surrounded by staff, security and journalists as he walks to the House Chamber ahead of a vote at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 03, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images)
There’s an old saying that some people are so mean if there’s no one else to fight, they fight with themselves.
That’s exactly what’s happening right now in Congress as the paper-thin Republican House majority turns on itself in an ugly attempt by extreme right-wingers to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy’s big “crime” is that he supported a very short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded last week. Some crime, eh? But because he passed it with votes from Democrats and didn’t let the radical right-wingers burn down the government.
They were led by none other than ethically-challenged Matt Gaetz, another nutball from Florida — a state which is particularly known these days for producing some of the wackiest politicians. They certainly don’t have the market on nutty politicians cornered, however, especially when you consider “Mad Matt” Rosendale that Montanans sent to Congress.
How timely is it that while the House writhes with internal strife, the former president who so willingly stoked those flames is now in court facing a $250 million fine and the potential loss of his New York properties and businesses over fraudulent practices and deceptive, highly overstated claims of their worth? Funny that the guy who falsely claimed to write his “Art of the Deal” book is now being busted because it was really “Art of the Steal.”
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