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Oct 4, 2023Liked by Noah Berlatsky

Noah, you are such a wonderfully talented writer! I love reading your pieces.

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The comparison between Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy is frankly embarrassing. As the article points out a strong and talented speaker would have had trouble governing the rabble that is the GOP House members but it has to be said he made a very bad fist of a tough job. A highly successful conservative Prime Minister said that in politics disunity is death. Here's hoping right and the House GOP hurries up and dies.

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Oct 4, 2023·edited Oct 4, 2023

David Sea's prediction: The Freedom Caucus will help delay nominating a Speaker to attain the gavel indefinitely, and purposefully, to force a shutdown of the US Gov't.

They don't want to govern, so they certainly do not want the US House to govern either.

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The GOP is not a feasible political party in the modern era. They need to become a rump regional party that can't win on the national level for good reason. This isn't being a Democratic stan, it is accepting the reality of a political party that refuses to update their policy programs with the opinions and needs of most of the nation. Especially in regards to climate change and student loans.

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Agreed--the next Speaker will likely a be a MAGA, knuckle-dragging loon. That said, McCarthy sealed his fate when he blamed the Democrats for the (almost) shutdown at the end of September and allowed the bogus impeachment inquiry to go forward. Why would he think that any Democrats would support him after he did those two things?

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A coalition government is the only way to go realistically. Not saying it’d be fun for the Republican speaker in place, but if it requires more Democratic votes than Republican votes to pass anything that would actually pass with the Senate and the President and reality, in a so-called Republican chamber, then that’s the reality and McCarthy should have leaned into that.

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Noah, “glib-haired Matt Gaetz” started my morning with a belly laugh!

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Venomous, constipated vipers. Very apt description of the GOP.

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OMFG! From AtAdvocacy News (https://atadvocacy.com/ ):

"Republican congressman to nominate Trump for House speaker

Faced with a dearth of viable or willing candidates, Republicans have already begun floating and endorsing the four-times indicted disgraced ex-president Donald J. Trump as the next Speaker of the House. Rep. Troy Nehls has already announced his intention to nominate Trump when the House reconvenes, and Marjorie Taylor Greene (of COURSE) has declared that she would endorse his Speakership."

Can they even legally DO that? Doesn't the Speaker have to be a member of House, at least...?

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::as bad as McCarthy was, the next GOP House speaker is likely to be worse.::

Well, THAT's comforting! 😧😧😧

I just have to ask—what did the Democrats benefit from voting against McCarthy? Couldn't they have made a deal with McCarthy to work as a bipartisan House, and castrated the likes of Matt Gaetz?

::Thinking of that fucking (alleged!) pedophile getting his nuts cut off? Brings a smile to my face....::

I absolutely agree that the alternative, if the so-called "Freedom Caucus" supports her/him, is going to be even worse. If Biden can work with McCarthy, then why didn't the Dems leave him in place?

What am I missing here? Is it just "He's not one of us!"? (Which is the excuse the Dems gave for not supporting Bernie Sanders, who would have been a far better President than Trump OR Hillary!) If McCarthy agreed to stop the Impeachment inquiry, which he has to know was a losing game, and actually work with the House Democrats, maybe they could've turned a liability into an asset. 🤷‍♂️

::The thought of McCarthy turning on that (alleged!) babyraping Nazi scum Gaetz and launching an Impeachment inquiry on him instead? Brings a HUGE smile to my face!::

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Thank you, Noah for a good take on McCarthy and the republican caucus.

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So let's hear about who the next Speaker might be. Jim Jordan would take us a level lower.

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