Hysteria Begins as the Reality of a GOP Majority Sinks In
For three days in early January, House Republicans battled over who would be the next Speaker of the House, and for three days, the mainstream press lamented that battle. It was “embarrassing,” according to our astute teleprompter class. Further, it was proof that the GOP couldn’t govern because governance is now defined as all representatives voting in lockstep the way leadership tells them to.
Then, in a sudden shift, McCarthy offered the concessions necessary to secure the speakership. Per that agreement, votes on key conservative policies will take place, even if they are likely to fail. Normal order will return in regard to appropriations. Bills with thousands of pages won’t be released in the dead of the night, with a demand to vote on them the next day.
Sure enough, right on cue, the very same press members that were just begging Republicans to elect a Speaker and to start governing have changed their tune, and the Sunday morning shows were afire with hysteria as the reality of a GOP majority started to sink in.
George Stephanopoulos, who went from the Clinton administration to an “objective” anchor at ABC News, opened things up by preaching armageddon.
All he missed there was the hellfire and brimstone raining down. It doesn’t matter that the concessions given by McCarthy largely added up to a return to normal order. Because they were made at the request of the most “extreme” members of the GOP, those concessions must be spun as incredibly concerning. It’s not just McCarthy in danger, either. It’s the “fiscal security of the United States and the basic functions of government.” Of course,
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