So it was really the Democrats who ousted McCarthy.
No, the Democrats weren't responsible but they did seem to enjoy the spectacle.
It was clearly the 8 out of 221 Republicans who ousted McCarthy. A Republican issued the vacate motion, triggering the floor vote. 8 Republicans denied him his party's majority support. His ousting falls on them, because without them Kevin McCarthy would still be speaker.
The conservative news media know who's at fault.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican and psycho killer, led the smallest caucus in Congress this week across the aisle and into the lap of Democrats.
The Democrats never voted for McCarthy in the first place; it's not a responsibility of the minority party to keep the majority's officers in place. Kevin McCarthy's position was always dependent on his party's majority, as is every speaker. Kevin McCarthy's majority was smaller and more fractured than most. His days were numbered the moment he allowed a motion to vacate rule with a single vote into the rules of his Congress. That was among the many conditions the Matt Gaetz / Jim Jordan faction wanted, and they always planned to use it. They said as much when they got it.
Really, Kevin McCarthy has only himself to blame. In order to get the support of the "Freedom Caucus" initially, he had to buy them off, and in doing so he gave them the gun they used on him. He gave them important committee chairmanships, a pledge not to work across the aisle with Democrats, and the power to vacate his office over a single vote. These concessions gave the "Freedom Caucus" power which far exceeded their coalition's support and, it appears, competence. Kevin McCarthy needed to do that to get into the speakership, and once having done so he would never get to hold his office for very long.
What did the Democrats have to gain by ousting Kevin McCarthy?
When your opponent is shooting himself in the foot, don't interfere.
Loosely based on a 19th century Napoleon Quote.
The Democrats have a lot to gain. I guess the main thing the Democrats decided was, they could do better than Kevin McCarthy.
- After Jan 6th Kevin McCarthy said President Trump was responsible for the deadly riots. But then Kevin McCarthy visits trump and changes his mind.
- House GOP leader McCarthy opposes 9/11-style (bipartisan) commission on Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
- Kevin McCarthy gave 41,000 hours of capital surveillance video to Tucker Carlson who cherry picked a few minutes of the tapes and claimed Jan 6 wasn't a riot.
- Many Democrats agree with historian and former editor of Politico Garrett M. Graph who said "no single figure is more to blame for the 'rehabilitation' of Trump post-1/6 than McCarthy. His utter lack of honor and courage will be the defining thread of McCarthy’s story in history (see The GOP clownshow rolls on).
- The President Biden impeachment witch hunt.
a. Donald Trump was investigating Biden 4 years ago, which was what his first impeachment was about. Manufacturing evidence against Biden.
Impeachment inquiry transcripts reveal shock and concern over Trump plot
Two senior American diplomats warned congressional investigators a White House plot to manufacture political dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine had undermined US national security interests and shredded faith among foreign service personnel, according to transcripts released on Monday by committees pursuing an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump.
b. Speaker McCarthy at the beginning of 2023 authorized three important House committees to conduct nearly a 9 month investigation into Joe Biden. Each of which Found nothing.
i. House Oversight and Accountability Committee
Republicans Fail to Find Any Evidence of Wrongdoing by President Biden in Floundering Biden Family Probe
ii. House Judiciary Committee
Republican Congressman Accidentally Admits There’s No Proof of Biden Corruption
Representative Nick Langworthy tried to defend Republicans’ Biden investigation, and ended up rejecting their main talking point instead.
iii. Ways and Means Committee
Republican congressman struggles to answer questions about allegations Biden influenced the Justice Department
Jason Smith, the Ways and Means Committee chair, was asked to explain how documents provided by his panel showed evidence of wrongdoing or a two-tiered justice system.
c. Sept 1, 2023, Speaker Kevin McCarthy pledges not to open impeachment inquiry without Congressional vote.
McCarthy says he won’t open impeachment inquiry without House vote
d. Sept 12, 2023, Speaker McCarthy opens an impeachment inquiry on his own authority without Congressional approval
Speaker McCarthy directs the House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden without a house vote
With no evidence of any wrong doing turning up after 9 months of three important committee investigations into President Biden. Kevin McCarthy in a bid to gain support from the Freedom Caucus decides to publicly announce an impeachment inquiry with no charges and give it to the same 3 Freedom Caucus chaired committees?
Sept. 28, 2023, House GOP’s impeachment witnesses say there's no evidence yet that Biden committed a crime
Conclusion: House Democrats have reasons to believe Kevin McCarthy isn't someone they can work with. That he is an political extremist ideologue / hack, demonstrated by their previous experiences with him. That Democrats can hope for better.
What else do Democrats get?
Most Republicans supported Kevin McCarthy. Matt Gaetz and the other 7 Republicans who ousted Kevin McCarthy aren't all that popular now among their Republican peers.
Jim Jordan, Matt's spiritual compass, is now running for speaker. I'm guessing the 200 Republicans who voted with Kevin McCarthy will not support Jim Jordan for speaker. So ultimately, the more mainstream Republicans will either have to get down on their knees and bow before the clown car wing of their party, which I think is unlikely, or they will propose a more acceptable option from their faction. Then the Democrats will support that guy. And he will probably need their support too, because the "Freedom Caucus" seems unwilling to compromise.
So beyond someone better for the office, the Democrats now get to expose the dysfunction inside the Republican party, as we repeat the embarrassing 15 rounds of votes it took to place Kevin McCarthy in the speakership in the first place. Their demonstration will be: not only can't the Republicans perform the core function of governance, funding the government, they can't even elect their own leadership.
Politico: The rudderless GOP careens toward 2024
Kevin McCarthy’s undoing underscores a bigger problem — the inability to govern itself — that risks imperilling the party’s chances in 2024.
This time it might be longer than 15 rounds of votes to elect a new leader, as there is no consensus candidate among the Republican majority to start with. So the entire Republican majority will be tainted by a handful of over-empowered extremists, over and over and over again on world-wide TV. Remember it's likely that, after 5-10-15-20+ painful rounds of votes, it will still be the Democrats who will get to play the heroes and decide the next speaker. It's either that, or the "Freedom Caucus" would have to accept someone from the Republican majority, or the majority of Republicans will have to accept a freedom caucus member. Both rather unlikely near-term options.
The Nail in Kevin McCarthy's Coffin
Kevin McCarthy went on the Sunday morning talk shows after the Democrats helped him pass the 45 day continuing resolution on Saturday. On the shows, Kevin McCarthy blamed the Democrats for trying to defeat the continuing resolution. It was an unfathomable statement which even the shows' hosts protested, on air. 90 Republicans voted against the Saturday continuing resolution, 1 Democrat did so. I'm guessing Kevin McCarthy was trying to avoid the vacate motion which had not yet been issued by throwing the "Freedom Caucus" some red meat.
Prior to deciding whether to support Kevin McCarthy in the vacate motion, Democrats played the tapes of these recent statements by Kevin McCarthy along with reviewing a long list of other grievances with the speaker. It was decided that the Democrats could do better than Kevin McCarthy.
Kevin McCarthy's 'original sin': What drove the House speaker's historic downfall.
Inside their closed-door meeting Tuesday (just before the vote to vacate), Democrats watched video of McCarthy’s interview Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” in which he trashed their party as having egged on a shutdown, even though it provided the bulk of votes to keep the government open. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., called it “a huge misstep” that clarified the thinking of fence-sitting Democrats. “One of the most stupid things somebody could do on the eve of your survival vote,” he said.
Can we stop with the clown car analogy? Clowns are neither incompetent nor evil, the GOP is both.
The analogy is definitely present. I thought about removing that, but they aren't my words. Those are the words newspapers, journalists and Congressmen, including GOP congressmen are using to describe the GOP. That expression is part of the story.
Congress isn't going to get anything done until the GOP works this out. They aren't going to work it out until they realize how much damage they're doing to themselves. At least we're not backed up against defaulting on the national debt like we were last time they tried to shutdown the government, that was the scary clown with a knife to the throat of the nation. Shutting down the government now, while political suicide prior to the 2024 election, it's not akin to defaulting on the national debt.