Today is a big day in the House. The clowns are out in force.
This man can’t interpret a graph.
And not to be outdone.
Then you have Daniel Webster who is a nutter- a real right-wing extremist.
As Time notes:
And whomever is elected Speaker next faces a legislative schedule that is bound to outrage the Freedom Caucus: the debt ceiling must be raised by early November and likely nothing but a clean bill will pass the Senate; government funding for the next year must be passed by early December, lest the government shut down—and again any compromise that passes the Senate will not pass muster with House conservatives; plus a massive multi-year transportation bill funding critical infrastructure improvements that has stalled for years over funding-level arguments must pass before the end of December.
Get the conservatives angry enough over one or all of these measures and they may file another motion for the new speaker to vacate the chair. House Republicans, it seems, have begun a very elaborate, perilous, and somewhat embarrassing game of musical chairs.
Basically, the GOP has become so dysfunctional, we are now looking at what can only be described as a total clusterfuck.
Update: McCarthy has dropped out. NBCnews…
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has abruptly pulled out of the race for Speaker of the House on the same day that he was widely expected to be nominated for the position.
The nominating contest in the GOP conference set for Thursday afternoon in the House has been postponed.
It was not immediately clear why McCarthy, who was viewed as the likely successor to outgoing speaker John Boehner, unexpectedly exited the contest. He told colleagues in a private conference meeting that he was not “the right person for the job,” according to members present.
Rep. Darrell Issa of California told reporters that “it’s my understanding that [McCarthy] felt he could not get to 218” votes, the threshold to elect a speaker in the full House vote that had been scheduled for October 29.