McCarthy’s Clown Show Caucus Goes Off the Rails
December 1, 2021
|Poor Kevin McCarthy. Not only are two of his members locked in a vicious and deeply personal Twitter war, but he’s been exposed yet again as a totally incompetent leader who’s so weak he can’t control his caucus even if he tried. While President Biden and Democrats are using every tool at their disposal to lower the costs for families and continue to grow the economy, Kevin McCarthy’s clown show of a Republican caucus has fully gone off the rails.
Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to settle a day-long, vicious, and very public feud between two of his members failed miserably, as Marjorie Taylor Greene walked out on him and both members continued trading barbs.
CNN: “GOP feud simmers despite McCarthy’s warning, causing concerns over 2022 prospects”
Politico: “Mace and Greene keep feuding, despite McCarthy’s effort to intervene”
Wall Street Journal: “A spokesman for GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) didn’t return a request for comment. The war of words between the two lawmakers continued on Twitter and in television interviews well into the afternoon. Late in the day, Mr. McCarthy met with them individually in his office.”
CNN’s Manu Raju: “Just this evening, behind closed doors, Kevin McCarthy summoned each of them for private meetings, discussing with them, telling them this message. He wanted them to ‘stop it.’ That message did not take hold.”
CNN: “But despite McCarthy’s efforts to privately cool the intraparty tensions, his tactics don’t seem to be having much of an effect on the far-right conservatives. After leaving the meeting with McCarthy, Greene told CNN that she and Trump would back a primary challenge against Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel military college, who had been seen by party leaders as a top recruit last cycle.”
But yesterday’s humiliation is just the latest example of Kevin McCarthy’s total lack of leadership. His caucus has been driven by chaos and infighting all year, and there’s no end in sight.
Republican Lawmaker: “If Kevin McCarthy does not get Marjorie Taylor Greene in line somewhat, either through the conference disciplining her, or privately, it is going to undermine our efforts […] And this is where leadership can step up. And I think if he doesn’t, you’re going to have a bit more of a civil war on your hands.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: “Boebert’s bigoted rant again tests McCarthy’s leadership. And, again, he fails.”
MSNBC: “As 2021 has unfolded, GOP lawmakers have spent much of the year going after one another. Wyoming’s Liz Cheney has been a popular target for her Republican colleagues, as has Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger. There’s been some intra-party grumbling about Arizona’s Paul Gosar, too. More recently, the 13 House Republicans who voted for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package faced an intense backlash from their ostensible partisan allies.”
The Hill: “McCarthy’s behind-the-scenes strategy has had its limits, as GOP lawmakers he’s counseled have repeatedly either doubled down on the infighting or remained unrepentant.”