OK, now it’s time to break some furniture!
And THAT is what this was always about. The question is and always was whether McCarthy is willing to break the furniture! Some of us want a wrecking ball…
The 15th and final vote for House speaker gave McCarthy 216 votes, a bare majority that was lower than the normal 218 votes needed because all six of his remaining GOP opponents relented and voted “present.” Reps.-elect Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Elijah Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Rosendale of Montana voted “present” in the final round.
And here is something pretty dang important:
McCarthy agreed to allow a single lawmaker to make a motion to elect a new speaker, returning to the way the House ran for decades before that practice was eliminated under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. [emphasis added]
… (REP Ralph Norman:) “We cannot continue the reckless spending and borrowing on the backs of our children,” he tweeted. “That’s why I am pleased to have reached an agreement with Rep. McCarthy on concrete steps he will take to fix our budgeting and appropriations processes., as well as much-needed rules changes in the House.”