Let’s be absolutely clear about this.
Nancy Pelosi had the EXACT SAME NUMBER OF MEMBERS.
Not a little bit more or a little bit less.
THE EXACT SAME NUMBER OF MEMBERS.
And, this never happened with her.
Because, Pelosi is a professional. And, because the Democratic Party is actually interested in governing.
The audacity of Republicans, and some in the MSM, to purse their lips that the travesty and clown car show known as the Contest for Speaker of the House in the Republican Party, is in any way, the fault of Democrats.
And, if the tables were turned, they would never purse their lips to say that it was the responsibility of the Republicans ‘ for the good of the country’ to save Democrats from themselves.
And, who is the lead candidate for Speaker?
A protector of abusers. A conspiracy nut. A person eyeballs deep in 1/6.
Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) posted at 7:38 AM on Tue, Oct 17, 2023:
On Jan. 6, 2021, Jordan played a leading role in getting lawmakers to object to certifying Biden’s election win on the House floor, despite no evidence of widespread fraud existing.
Jordan’s communications with Trump on that day have been under a bright spotlight ever since.
If he becomes Speaker, he will be one of the Gang of 8. All national security secrets that he will be told will find their way to Dolt45. Bet on it.
From Josh Marshall:
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose – Scenes from The Annals of Authoritarianism
October 17, 2023 12:22 p.m.
We are down to the wire with the Jim Jordan maybe-Speakership. He’s down to a relatively small number of holdouts. But at least some of them seem pretty dug in. If I had to bet (which I never do) I’d say Jordan wears them down and becomes Speaker by the end of the week. But it’s less certain than it was yesterday. He seems to have lost some momentum last night. That may be as much ping ponging news narratives as anything that happened in the real world, the real vote counts. But news narratives and spin have a reality of their own in these cases because what Jordan’s allies were doing yesterday was creating that feeling of a stampede, a rush for the exits where no one wants to be the last out.
What stands out to me is that even the holdouts can’t quite articulate the real issue. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, one of only a handful of genuine ‘moderates’ in the caucus, said this morning, “I can’t get past the fact that a small group in our conference violated the rules to get rid of Kevin [McCarthy], and then blocked Steve [Scalise].”
But it’s not that they “blocked” Scalise.
This is ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ rules. The Jordan backers message is we’re the rule breakers and you’re the rule followers. So we get to break them and you have to follow them even when we break them. And that means that you have to back Jordan now both because those are the rules but also because there’s no choice since you know we won’t follow them if and when you win.
It’s another version of debt ceiling hostage taking. You’re going to fold because deep down you know we’re willing to wreck the country to get what we want. We both know that. And we both not you’re not wiling to do that. So we’ve already won. All we’re talking about is when you realize it.
Democrats refuse to play the game. Because, it’s not their game. It’s the Republicans’ game. And, only they can play it.