Speaker McCarthy’s Commitment | New NY 23rd

In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.–Mark Twain

Speaker McCarthy hides his party’s lack of significant accomplishments behind a list of dubious ones. Democrats won’t be fooled. Some of those bullets are bad ideas, some would have happened anyway, others haven’t happened and won’t.

Item Bad ideas Would have happened Won’t happen
87,000 IRS Passed House only
Proxy voting Planned
Reopen House Planned
Military vaccine Opposed by DOJ
China Committee Political theater
Clean water rule Vetoed
Oil to China Political theater
DC crime bill Political theater
Covid emergency Planned
H.R. 5 Passed House only
H.R. 1 Passed House only


Speaker McCarthy’s intended audience is Republicans, particularly far-right Republicans. He needs to convince them that he is moving their agenda, so he can claim their support on must-pass bills. He needs to raise or repeal the debt ceiling, possibly act on firearms, and pass a farm bill. To do this he needs the support of the right-wing of his party. His other option is to seek support from Democrats, which sadly has been anathema for the GOP.

McCarthy’s first test may be to a farm bill. Red states will want more for farmers, Blue States will want more for SNAP, the far-right will want less for both. We will soon see if the GOP can write a farm bill that will pass the Senate and win support from the far-right or alternatively from enough Democrats to offset the far-right vote in the House.

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