The Day – Give a gold medal to Nancy Pelosi!
Even without a crowd in the stands, it’s still exciting to watch the Summer Olympics. Despite disappointments like in women’s gymnastics, we have at least seen intense competition. Unlike Washington, DC
Take the House of Representatives. In the summer games between Republicans and House Democrats, there is no competition. And it all comes down to this: Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the smartest leader in House history. And Kevin McCarthy is the dumbest. Absoutely. Surprisingly. Frightening. Mute like a fence post. It’s hard to imagine how McCarthy could have spoiled the Republicans’ response to January 6 worse than he did. Is he really the best the Republican Party has to offer?
As of the polls closed on November 3, 2020, McCarthy decided that the best bet for Republicans would be to shift loyalty to Trump over loyalty to democracy. On Thursday, November 5, like the Trump puppy that he is, McCarthy told Fox News, “President Trump won this election, so everyone listening, don’t shut up.”
He went on to lead 126 House Republicans in backing the Texas Attorney General’s wacky demand that the Supreme Court strike down electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. And on January 6, even after Trump’s armed mob forced McCarthy, along with all the other members of Congress, to run for his life, he nonetheless voted to withdraw Arizona’s certification of electoral votes and overthrow the elections.
Immediately after the insurgency, a reeling McCarthy lashed out. “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” he said at the time, in a rare common sense moment. But within days, presumably after a lick from Trump, McCarthy was back to his submissive self. “I don’t believe Trump provoked, if you listened to what he said at the rally,” McCarthy told reporters on Jan.21.
Again, albeit so briefly, McCarthy rallied, supporting a bipartisan 9/11 commission to investigate the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. He appointed New York Republican John Katko to strike a deal with Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. But even after Katko got everything the Republican leader asked for, McCarthy – no doubt after checking in with Trump again – made his stupidest mistake of all. He pulled the rug out from under Katko’s foot and refused to participate in a bipartisan investigation, relinquishing any power he once held and turning the whole matter over to President Pelosi.
At that point, Pelosi, again showing his mastery of leadership, did what the times demanded. She appointed a select committee to investigate Jan. 6, which she would control, but to which Republicans, now vetoed, were invited to participate. Once again, she set a trap for hapless McCarthy, who stepped in by naming Trump sycophants Jim Jordan and Jim Banks – which Pelosi immediately vetoed. In their place, she named conservative truth seekers Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., And Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
All of this led to the dramatic hearing where four police officers recounted their horrific experiences of being brutally assaulted, beaten, stacked and gassed on Capitol Hill on January 6 by armed Trump supporters wearing military and Trump campaign clothing. , all insisting they were invading the Capitol because Trump told them to.
Called “traitors” by the crowd, the officers were lucky to survive. Yet each of them said that, even worse than the physical abuse they suffered, is the fact that so many people for whom they have risked their lives to defend are downplaying or outright denying what has happened. pass. “I feel like I’ve been to hell and come back to protect them and the people in this room,” Officer Michael Fanone said, “but too many people now tell me that hell does does not exist or that hell is not so bad. “
Ultimately, Pelosi showed Democrats are clearly engaged in a serious, historic, two-party effort to shed light on what happened on January 6. Meanwhile, thanks to Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans have been exposed as anti-police, anti-law and order, anti-truth learning, and anti-democracy. With the exception of Cheney and Kinzinger, Republicans, who were once the party of public order, sided with the police and with the terrorists.
What can you say about a so-called leader who put Republicans in such a suicidal political position? Ask speaker Pelosi. When asked about her reaction to Kevin McCarthy’s bizarre behavior, she said it best: “He’s an idiot.”
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