The House, The House, The House Is On Fire

It’s hardly news at this hour, but Kevin McCarthy’s sudden withdraw from the race for Speaker of the House still shocks.

To put it succinctly: nobody smart enough to do the job is dumb enough to want the job.

I think Chris Matthews is correct when he says that the insistence upon getting to 247 Republicans basically gives the furthest-right members of the GOP caucus a veto power, including the power to demand a government shutdown.

Unfortunately, the Democrats would need 30 Republicans to launch a “counter-coup” and install either a moderate Republican or Nancy Pelosi, so this is exceedingly unlikely, even if it might be the more-popular option among the electorate as a whole.

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