House Adjourns After McCarthy Loses Sixth Vote, Gaetz won’t budge

All Americans who take civics in high school know that our Congress is designed for gridlock, and that fact is becoming more and more evident as the battle over the new Speaker of the House rages on.

The default candidate, former minority leader Kevin McCarthy, is short of the necessary votes. His election has been opposed by the Freedom Caucus, which includes Florida Representatives Matt Gaetz and the recently elected Anna Paulina Luna, accusing McCarthy of being a lobbyist puppet who is not ideologically reliable.

Last night the House adjourned after McCarthy lost his sixth vote for speaker.

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Various alternatives have been offered, including Jim Jordan and recently-elected Florida Representative Byron Donalds, who has been nominated for the Speakership.

However, the pick has come under attack from left and right alike, accusing the Freedom Caucus of nominating Donalds based on skin color.

Even Former Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson jumped into the fray.

To implicate Florida further, Trump issued an endorsement of McCarthy on Truth Social from his Mar-a-Lago home after initially playing his cards close to the vest.

“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY,” Trump wrote. “REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT.”

However, surprisingly to some, his endorsement seems to have had no impact. After Wednesday’s eventual adjournment, Trump issued a statement saying the wait was a victory.

But that doesn’t mean Trump’s endorsements have had no impact. Once solidly an anti-establishment figure, Trump’s brand and judgment with endorsements have been called into question by current and former members of his base.

The resistance to McCarthy has drawn severe frustration from some other republicans, including Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw argued the caucus members were unserious and that while most Republicans “are standing against this, we’re standing for principle. They are standing for notoriety.”

He even called the resisters “terrorists” and then rebuked the resulting blowback as “pearl-clutching.”

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As it stands, no candidate for other Speakership has the sufficient 218 votes to win it, although Democrat pick Hakeem Jefferies leads, with all House Democrats in lockstep behind him.

McCarthy has failed to win or make progress in several consecutive votes. Eventually, the House adjourned, planning to resume work at noon on Thursday. As the failed votes piled up, McCarthy has been looking to make deals and concessions to drag himself over the finish line, including reaching out to Democrats, which has only made his republican opponents dig their heels in further.

 

The hold-up is the first time the House has failed to elect a speaker on the first ballot in 100 years. The tumult will continue tomorrow at noon.


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