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McCarthy Bails from Speaker Race

In a shocking development, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday threw the contest for Speaker wide open by suddenly dropping out of the race.

McCarthy was a sure bet to win the support of a majority of the GOP caucus during a vote that had been scheduled for today, but it was uncertain whether rebellious conservatives would deny him the 218 he would need to be elected later this month on the floor.

The vote among Republicans was rescheduled from today until Oct. 29.

According to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., McCarthy told Republicans that he didn’t think he could unite the Republican Party.

“I’m not the one,” McCarthy reportedly told Republicans during the meeting today, to stunned silence.

“I just think it’s best to have a new face,” McCarthy told reporters early Thursday afternoon.

McCarthy has faced complaints from conservatives that he would be a kind of rerun of Speaker John Boehner, rebuffing them while favoring a more moderate course.

McCarthy had recently run into trouble by appearing to suggest that the Benghazi Committee was established for political purposes to sink the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Even some Republicans had begun to question his suitability to serve as Speaker. Now they don’t have to worry about it.

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32 Responses to McCarthy Bails from Speaker Race

  1. Boehner is a snake.
    Now he is going to try to find someone that will continue to kiss Obama’s butt.
    If you don’t think Obama had a hand in this, I can’t help you.

    • No doubt Obama’s snakes-in-a-suit were somehow involved in this. That’s his M.O., per the time he illegally disclosed the divorce papers of his Illinois legislative opponent when he ran for state office back in the day. He’s got dirt on everyone in his sight–politicians, journalists, etc, –whomever he thinks might get in the way of his Progressive-Marxist agenda. He’s a nasty, virtueless human being, surrounded by the same types.

  2. The Trump Effect strikes again. Against all protocols set out by the establishment, some Repubs found they could defy the elites and not be sent to the closet.
    SpeakerBoehner could be trying to ride out this insurgency by delaying a vote, but it won’t work.
    It’s a new day, and a new way. I like it.

  3. Brett on Fox said that his comment about Hilla and the email hurt him.
    We are pushed back now till after 10-29. That gives Boehner a longer period of time to sit in his seat and continue his foolishness.

  4. Hillary must be celebrating the demise of the GOP. There isn’t an adult to be found anywhere. They’re even talking about Eric Cantor stepping in…egads!
    Even more laughable is Wolf asking Dr. Ben his opinion on the ‘breaking news’. Huh? He probably doesn’t even know who most of the players are…

    At this point, all I would like to see is Carly going head-to-head with Hillary. We can skip the side shows. The clueless GOP has set the stage for a congressional DEM sweep in 2016.
    Carly may be the only one to take down Hillary, IMO.

    • I don’t even know how to DEFINE adult anymore. I am starting to think we are such a shallow, uninformed, celeb-obsessed electorate whatever happens we will deserve it. Keep us in the dark, feed us..well, you know what they say about mushrooms…we’re good, it’s all good, who’s on your fantasy football team? And I totally agree on Dr Ben–he doesn’t know these players and even these minor leaguers would run circles around him.

    • We wanted Boehner out. With this crew, this is what it looks like. I think it’s messy, embarrassing and all that. But change is not always pretty.

      And if appears it would have not gone half bad had McCarthy not shot himself in the foot with the Benghazi thing and the affair which the media still refuses to discuss. I think that will be buried.

      And the MSM will gleefully take an over the top situation even further while leaving Hillary to lie, and Barack to frolick …. the Dems sell fetal body parts and we look like the crazies.

      We are a country that considers Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell “leadership”.

    • Girly1,

      Have you noticed Barbara Boxer has been going after Carly? Do you recall Boxer’s daughter married Hillary’s brother at the WH in 1994. Also, Boxer is 4 foot 11 inches tall. Carly is 5′ 6″.

      • I noticed that, Old Timer. It feels like we in Kalifornia are re-living the Senate race all over again. Insert Hillary’s name for B. Boxer.

        Re the Boxer/Rodham nuptuals…Rodham was also a deadbeat Dad as I recall. It’s all so sordid with the Rodham/Clintons.