Democrat Gets More Votes As Kevin McCarthy Loses House Speaker Attempt

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In the past 100 years, a speaker of the House has been elected by the political party in control of Congress in the first round of voting. In a normal cycle, a party agrees before ever casting votes on who their leader should be and are unified enough to pull it off.

The post-Trump GOP is anything but part of a normal cycle.

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Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a man who has compromised himself in a hundred different ways before the eyes of the nation in the hopes of making it to the House Speaker’s office, has lost his bid. The rules of Congress say that he must receive 218 votes from his colleagues in order to serve as Speaker and his party now holds a majority with 222 members. However, McCarthy only received 202 votes and finding an additional 16 does not look likely. For the first time in 100 years, the vote will now enter round two.

McCarthy will perhaps best be remembered for having given an impassioned speech about his love for his country and his fury at an attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021 right before he flew to Mar-a-lago, kissed Donald Trump’s ring, and then supported him loudly and publicly in hopes of not losing votes from the Trump backers in Congress. Of course, there have been many other questionable acts by McCarthy during his time in leadership, but his full 180 and subsequent loss of the Speaker’s gavel will serve as an historical example of what compromising one’s principles is worth.

Twitter was delighted to see McCarthy get his due. Read some of their comments below:

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