The Case against McCarthy
With the conclusion of the 2022 Midterms, the GOP is poised to regain the Majority of the US House of Representatives.
Now, the GOP has an important decision to make soon. In January, the US House will select the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
This decision is extremely important as the Speaker of the House will “set the tone” legislatively for the next two years and for potentially longer.
Of course, current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the leading candidates for the Speakership spot. McCarthy is already making the rounds on Conservative media to convince the public to support his candidacy.
For this article, I want to give three reasons as to why Kevin McCarthy should NOT become Speaker of the House:
1. McCarthy wrongly blaming Trump for January 6th protests:
On the House Floor in late January 2021, McCarthy claimed that Trump bore “responsibility” for the January 6th protests. Instead of going to bat for President Trump, he blamed Trump and bent the knee to the American regime—in order to protect his own political future:
What’s more, a leaked phone call surfaced between McCarthy and Liz Cheney after January 6th. In the conversation, McCarthy claimed that he was going to ask Trump to resign. Here is a transcript of McCarthy and Cheney’s conversation:
Cheney: “Is there any chance? Are you hearing that he might resign? Is there any reason to think that might happen?”
McCarthy: “I’ve had a few discussions. My gut tells me no. I’m seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight. I haven’t talked to him in a couple of days.”
Clearly, McCarthy was more than willing to throw Trump under the bus for political gain. McCarthy is constantly disloyal to President Trump, to the America First movement, and to the Republican voting base. How can we trust McCarthy to lead the US House of Representatives if regularly displays untrustworthy behavior?
2. McCarthy will not impeach Joe Biden
For the past several months, Kevin McCarthy has repeatedly stated that he is not looking to impeach Joe Biden in the next Congress.
Congressman Matt Gaetz and much of the Conservative base supports impeaching Joe Biden—especially for his corrupt business dealings with his son Hunter Biden.
Impeaching Biden can serve as a useful tool to further weaken Biden’s authority and image going into 2023 and 2024. Yet, McCarthy won’t even consider impeaching Biden after the Democrats impeached President Trump twice during his administration.
3. McCarthy’s Incompetent Leadership in the 2022 Midterms
The 2022 Midterm election cycle was obviously a bungled opportunity for the GOP.
Kevin McCarthy is currently the highest-ranking Republican Congressman in the US House of Representatives (i.e. House Minority Leader). So, the bucks stops with McCarthy.
In spite of Joe Biden’s low public approval ratings, the GOP only gained about 10 House seats in what many dubbed as a potential “Red Wave” Midterm election. Of course, many different reasons exist as to why the “Red Wave” never materialized, and this article is not going to hash out that topic.
Nevertheless, Kevin McCarthy failed to competently lead the GOP to a resounding victory in the 2022 Midterms, and we should not expect to do any better if he becomes the next speaker of the US house of Representatives.
I could give more reasons as to why McCarthy should not become the next Speaker, but this article would never end. Three reasons will have to suffice for now.
In short, Kevin McCarthy does not represent the interests of the majority of the GOP’s voting base, and he has consistently failed to lead the House GOP in a successful direction. Consequently, I cannot in good faith recommend him to lead the House GOP in the future.
Let’s hope a more pro-MAGA Congressman becomes the next Speaker of the House—such as Congressman Andy Biggs or Congressman Jim Jordan from the House Freedom Caucus, or at least a compromise candidate like Steve Scalise or Mike Johnson.