After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected Speaker of the House, Charlie Sykes in his Morning Shots newsletter for The Bulwark quoted from my “Life, Under Construction” newsletter my thoughts on the debacle. I give good quote:
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Even as the tear gas and the bear spray was settling in the atmosphere of the Capitol on January 6, as the police gathered the evidence of the insurrection and the blood and damage were cleared, 147 Republicans in the House (including McCarthy) sided with the violent mob and voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Did McCarthy expect that somehow some respect for tradition would cause every member of the House Republican caucus to vote for their leader when the time came? Did he think that he was dealing with honorable people who would make traditional demands in exchange for their support?