Thursday, October 08, 2015

Kevin McCarthy pulls out of House Speaker's race. Ooh, plot twist!

Courtesy of the New York Times: 

Representative Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John A. Boehner as House speaker, apparently undone by the same forces that drove Mr. Boehner to resign. 

Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy was damaged when he suggested in an interview on Fox News last week that the House committee investigating Benghazi had the political aim of damaging Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

As shocked members left the room there was a sense of total disarray, with no clear path forward and no set date for a new vote. Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, said that in dropping out of race, Mr. McCarthy told the room, “I’m not the one to unify the party.”

Holy smokes!

I have to admit that I did not see this coming.

I mean I thought he might lose, but not this.

So does this mean that it is Jason Chaffetz's for the taking, or is Tea party favorite Louie Gohmert going to jump in and give him a run for his money? 

All I know is that I am going to need some more popcorn stat!

63 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:08 AM

    McCarthy has decided to run for President of Hungria

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    1. Anonymous9:28 AM

      lol!

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    2. LOL! In Teabaggistan last night, one of their values zealots published that the married Christian soldier, McCarthy, was still flag pin flat backing his mistress, Congresswoman Mrs. Renee Ellmers (R-NC). Bible thumping Teabaggistani are taking credit for nuking McCarthy off the map.

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    3. Anonymous3:32 PM

      Begonia, is teabeckistan red state? b/c in this article says red state had a article and pulled it. Coninkydink? I think not. Apparantly a mass email went out. Could also be why old Boner stepped down Someone has the goods on all of congress...heheheh http://gawker.com/source-kevin-mccarthy-affair-rumors-have-been-circulat-1735519249
      Old McCarthy is cheating with another Congress person from NC (Where else) I suppose this will blow up come tomorrow...FRIDAY!!

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    4. Anonymous4:31 PM

      According to the Gawker article, RedState posted this info but then Deleted it! Good one Eric!
      HuffPo has it: http://huff.to/1jeSVtB
      "In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he was sent an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?”

      The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who conservative media sites have suggested is tied romantically to McCarthy.

      McCarthy has brushed off the affair allegation. After announcing that he would not seek the speaker's post on Thursday, he was asked about Wednesday's cryptic letter from Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), which asked that "any candidate for speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican conference, and the House of Representatives if they become public."
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      Gawkers article makes me think maybe even Boner stepped down for a reason...
      http://bit.ly/1WQgsza
      "Very shortly after McCarthy’s announcements, conservative-interest sites began reporting that a rumor has been circulating, with increasing intensity in recent weeks, that McCarthy was engaged in an affair with North Carolina republican House member Renee Ellmers.

      Brietbart News stated that the rumor has been “circulating” for “some time,” while Red State’s Erick Erickson, in an article that has for some reason since been deleted, reported that a “guy out in America who has emails for a massive number of members of Congress” recently sent a mass email to members with links that allege the affair. Erickson described the rumor as becoming “louder buzz over the past few days with more and more people on and off the hill talking about it.”

      The earliest online evidence the rumor seems to be Got News, the website run by controversial rightwing muckraker Charles C. Johnson, who, on Sept. 25, weeks before the rumor was reported elsewhere, wrote that McCarthy and Ellmers were in a “long running” affair that was “something of an open secret in Washington.”

      Adding onto the speculation is the existence of a letter written by Walter Jones, a Republican also from North Carolina, and sent to Republican Conference chairman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on Wednesday, arguing that “Republican leaders or potential Republican leaders must step down because of skeletons in their closets.”

      McCarthy and Ellmers—both of whom are married—have so far denied the existence of the affair, but a source who spoke to Gawker said that he witnessed the two together, acting affectionately, at a fundraiser a few months ago. "
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      Sorry for long post but *Popcorn* anyone? Makes me wonder why Boner stepped down so "suddenly"? Doncha think?

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    5. Anonymous5:28 PM

      The new definition of repuglican
      "too stupid to realize things don't disappear off the internet just because they delete them :)

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    6. Wow. It's the Donner Party.

      They're eating their young.

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  2. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Chris Matthews has just asked the question whether the Republicans can really be called a party any more.
    If no one can unite the members and different factions can't put down their weapons and work together, then what is this creature called "Republican"?

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  3. If these foaming-at-the-mouth, tire-biting, tail-chasing, howling-at-the-moon rightwing sonsabitches cannot govern themselves, WTF makes them think they can -- or should -- govern the rest of us???

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    1. Anonymous10:46 AM

      It's the way they define "governing", which is, they get their way or else.

      And everyone who disagrees can go to hell (in both the practical and religious senses.)

      See? It's easy. It's just more of what they've been doing all along.

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    2. Anonymous10:48 AM

      God told them to do it.

      (and kudos to the great hyphenation you got goin' there!)

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    3. Anonymous5:28 PM

      Seems they can't even "govern" their own peni.

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  4. a. j. billings9:28 AM

    McCarthy's "speeches" in the last week have been as incoherent and useless as some of the Sarah Palin lunacy.

    On top of that , old Kevin managed to uncover the ugly truth of the far right Christian hater Evangelicals against Hillary, so he had to fall on his sword like a good little jesus follower.

    Let's hope we don't end up with Ted Taliban Cruz, or Taliban Dan Webster.

    If the Repubs put up a lunatic like Cruz, Webster or Gohmert, we'll just start calling them the Preacher of the House, because they will turn the chamber into bible study and prayer time 24/7

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    1. Anonymous10:50 AM

      I say let them put any of their rabid dogs in the position
      -- let America see the poison and idiocy that will ensue.

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    2. Anonymous12:07 PM

      Cruz is in the Senate.

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    3. Anonymous12:51 PM

      @1207
      The Speaker doesn't have to be member of the House. So, it could be Cruz. In fact, since they have no intention of actually governing, it could be any idiot. And most probably will be...

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  5. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Maybe Kevin watched Colbert last night. Stephen addresses his language deficits toward the end of this clip: http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-late-show-with-stephen-colbert/video/D2D4394C-FE08-DA37-8C0F-452893C100F8/what-does-the-jeb-say-/

    I doubt he watches Rachel, who was the first to bring up the problem.

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    1. Tonight Stephen reported on Kevin's departure and said they were trying to draft Paul Ryan but he's having none of it. The quote from Ryan purportedly was "Do I look like a fucking moron?"

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  6. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Bring on the popcorn, and peanuts....hahahahahahaha

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  7. "...then what is this creature called 'Republican'?"

    Don't get me started! or any other progressive!

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  8. Another leak in this huge ship of fools . . . .

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    1. AKinPA1:28 PM

      Great comment, Angela. Perfect.

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  9. Anonymous10:01 AM

    You know Ted Cruz is just waiting to be asked

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    1. Anonymous11:21 AM

      But Rafael Cruz is in the Senate....

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    2. Anonymous1:57 PM

      Doesn't matter. The Speaker can come from anywhere.

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    3. Anonymous3:11 PM

      Even CANADA??

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    4. Anonymous11:40 PM

      Yes, Canada. Even Alaska. Sarah. Bristol. Stay by the phone for that call !

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  10. http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/popcorn_stephen_colbert.gif

    I think Rachel Maddow had a bit to do with it.. she has mocked him all week for his palinesque word salads.

    All I can say is .. LOL.

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  11. Schism! I don't trust the outcome.

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  12. Feel the bern10:15 AM

    .......... apparently undone by the same forces that drove Mr. Boehner to resign.

    The hell? What forces?! The tea party is dead, jerkoffs!

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  13. Anonymous10:18 AM

    You know, Canucks have their political problems, but no one can compete with the plot twists and turns in U.S. politics. We've got an election coming soon, and I'm hoping our new leader can deal with the GOP misfits. We are watching closely. Have mercy, guys, we're counting on you.

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  14. Anonymous10:22 AM

    How about a Gothard Duggarite for Speaker?

    The teahadists support Rep. Daniel Webster, R-FloriDUH.

    He is a true nutter, and is of the same Gothard religious psycho-sexual nuttery that brought us the Duggars.

    Google: Daniel Webster and IBLP or Daniel Webster and Bill Gothard.

    Keep sweet my pretties! Holy cr@p what a bunch of cluisterfu(ks these Rebiblicans are.

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    1. Darrell Issa wants to run.

      I don't know what is worse.

      I suppose either will at least show the American people how awful the GOP has become and that the partisanship in Congress has made it too dysfunctional to do anything.

      Maybe that will motivate the voters to throw them all out and vote in some sensible, moderate people.

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  15. Anonymous10:26 AM

    So this is their scheme, to find a House Speaker that is willing to shut down the government, default on loans, and financially ruin the economy, and yield power for the right-wing lunatics?

    Fox News bimbo was suggesting that Cheney, yes, that Dick Cheney, step in the House Speaker race, while they were throwing names in the hat. Can previous VP's actually run for this position?

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    1. Anonymous10:42 AM

      Evidently anybody can run for the position.

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    2. Anonymous1:56 PM

      Yes, I'm amazed Cruz hasn't stepped up to the plate yet.

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    3. Doesn't the Speaker have to be alive? I'm not sure Dick Cheney qualifies.

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  16. slipstream10:27 AM

    The Republican leadership is in a mess!

    There's only one person who can step in and save the day!

    Only one with the charisma, the experience, and the Red Naughty Monkey Pumps!

    New Speaker of the House . . . Sarah Palin!

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    1. Anonymous10:59 AM

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA BWAHAHAHAHAHA, that's funny.

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    2. Anonymous1:56 PM

      Actually, the person who could save the day is Pelosi.

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    3. Sarah paid off her niece Kandice by letting her sell the shoes for $2,400 on eBay.

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  17. As of about 2:00 PM Eastern time, Politico is reporting Paul Ryan doesn't want the job and is calling on John Boehner to stay.

    I'm going to the grocery store for more popcorn. This is the best freak show I've ever seen!!!!

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    1. Anonymous11:20 AM

      I'm crying!!!!!

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    2. Darrell Issa wants it. He's begging to be made speaker.

      I guess he needs to defend his Benghazi kangaroo waste of tax dollars.

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  18. Anonymous10:34 AM

    He's been punished for speaking the truth about Benhgazi/Hillary...

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  19. Anonymous10:41 AM

    Rachel Maddow reported on her show yesterday that a letter was written by a senior (r) congressman warning a mystery person running for the seat to pull out if you have demons in the closet. She speculated that the letter was written for Kevin's benefit. What was he hiding?

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    1. Anonymous11:01 AM

      Ask his mistress, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Since both of them are married, how would that family values platform have worked out?

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    2. Anonymous1:55 PM

      I'll tell you how it's worked out in MI. Both legislators were forced out of their seats, but are BOTH running in the runoff election to replace themselves. You know, because misusing public funds and offices and threatening their aides worked out so well the first time.

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    3. And the morons of Michigan will probably vote them back in because, you know, Republicans.

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  20. I tried to read the article, but the sound of calliopes, bicycle horns, giant floppy shoes, and Yakety Sax was too distracting.

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  21. I live in his district and though he's someone I've never voted for he is certainly the lesser of two evils. He's really more moderate than extreme right and he could have won with the help of the Democrats. I shudder to think who we'll end up with now.

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    1. Anonymous1:54 PM

      Democrats are staying out of this catfight. No one in their right mind would vote for this creep, or the other creeps. Poor John is going to have to finish out his elected term after all, and maybe, just maybe, will see the light and actually do his job, for the first time in his long long career on the public dole.

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    2. LOL.

      Darrell Issa has thrown his hat in the ring.

      Like California isn't embarrassed enough by him.

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  22. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Bumble lips McCarthy needs to go back to Bakersfield and live out the rest of his ignorant, red-neck life.

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  23. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Uh oh, someone just found the dead rent boy
    ~Canuck~

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    1. Anonymous3:51 PM

      Ding Ding Ding! Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!

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  24. majii1:52 PM

    The lesson in this for McCarthy and "establishment republicans" is be careful what you wish for. They did everything within their power to elect the TP nuts, and were very successful and are now disgusted with them. The TPers wasted no time biting the hands that fed them. Forcing Boehner out only empowered them to go after the other "establishment republicans." McCarthy is their newest "victim" who illustrates how they have taken power away from the "leaders" in the House. I don't think there's anyone in the House who can "unify" the House GOP/TP at this point.

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  25. Crystal Sage2:57 PM

    Kevin McCarthy Enters Rehab After Admitting Struggles with Nouns, Verbs according to Andy Borowitz in The New Yorker

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  26. Anonymous4:01 PM

    So this means he's been dipping his wick in someone else's honey pot? Sorry, but I have been laughing so hard over this, I think I popped a few stitches. I'll have to break into my emergency supply of popcorn. Boehner can't even quit right.

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  27. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Off Topic, but since I saw this because I was reading these comments I'll post this here.

    There is a link in the sidebar at the left that Jill Duggar and her hubby, the ones who went on and on about being called to be missionaries, have been rejected because they lack an education!

    Maybe that's the reason they came home so quickly after the big send off? Or have I got one set of couples confused with the other set?

    Or maybe they just pretended to go off to the mission field the way Josh apparently pretended to go off to counseling?

    Here is some from link from Americans Against the Tea Party

    http://aattp.org/jill-duggar-and-hubby-rejected-as-missionaries-due-to-lack-of-education-fans-who-funded-trip-are-screwed/

    "The funny side of this story is why the missionary trip is never going to happen.

    The lurch-looking fellow and his Plain Jane wife were informed that in order to qualify for the missionary trip, they would need something neither of them possess…an education.

    To qualify as a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention, Derick Dillard would need a Bachelors degree from an accredited university, as well as 20-30 hours of graduate studies on subjects like theology, evangelism, and biblical studies. The most “higher” education Derick has is two weeks at a language school. Derp.

    In order for the little wife to qualify as the spouse of a missionary, Jill would need at least 12 hours of studies at an accredited college. She only has 12 years of homeschooling by this woman. [Shows photo of Mom Dugger.]"

    I'm sure there are "less prestigious" missionary organizations with less rigorous requirements, so why not use one of them?

    Or is that like asking Bristol to use generic brand luggage and hand bags? And aren't I wicked tonight? I really need to take a break from these cray crays.

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    1. Not to worry, donors.

      Your money will provide first class airfare and four star accommodations for the Duggars' extended vacation in Costa Rica.

      Then they'll be back with their hands out for their next hair brained scheme.

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  28. Too many IM readers are entertained by the suggestion of sexual behavior by anyone, under any circumstances.

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  29. OHGODOHGODOHSHIT!

    Now that Kevin has bowed out guess who wants to be speaker

    Darrell Issa!

    Words fail me. All I can think of is lesser and lesser evils. What Republican will run and be elected that is less evil than Darrell Issa?

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