Kevin McCarthy Breaks Bread with GOP Extremists

The first winter snowflakes are falling, the wind has taken on an icy chill, and to no one’s surprise, Kevin McCarthy has once again chosen to cozy up to the extremists in his own party. Even after Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly humiliated him by calling him weak and saying he lacked support from his own caucus, Rep. McCarthy’s only response was to appease her with a private phone call about “what he has planned ahead.” 

All of this begs the question: Is there anything Kevin McCarthy WON’T do to debase himself? 

Just last week, Marjorie Taylor Greene said  Kevin McCarthy lacked full support from his own caucus, and demanded he side with extremists like her and Paul Gosar over Republicans who voted to invest in roads and bridges for their constituents. 

Insider: “Marjorie Taylor Greene says Kevin McCarthy ‘doesn’t have the votes’ or full support from the House GOP to be speaker”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker […] He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats.”

CNN: “Greene also wants to see moderate Rep. John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his top spot on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, who represents a key swing district, supported the bipartisan infrastructure law, voted to impeach Trump and supported the Democratic-led effort to remove Greene from her committees.”

Vanity Fair: “But Greene, who suggested she will not support McCarthy for speaker if the GOP takes power next year unless he addresses a list of her demands, essentially wants him to choose: her and Gosar, or Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney?”

But instead of standing up to the extremists in his party, Kevin McCarthy, who Marjorie Taylor Greene called “weak,”  has yet again chosen to appease them both privately and in public. Maybe she was right? 

Politico Playbook: “Just a few days after Rep. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE called KEVIN MCCARTHY ‘weak’ and said he needed to earn her vote to become speaker, the Republican lawmaker from Georgia took a different tone toward the GOP leader Friday night. ‘I just got off a good call with @GOPLeader,’ she tweeted. ‘We spent time talking about solving problems not only in the conference, but for our country. I like what he has planned ahead.’”

USA Today: “Kevin McCarthy said if Republicans retake House, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar may get ‘better’ committee assignments”