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Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Kevin McCarthy Won’t Be Speaker Unless He Agrees to Her Demands

** Articles like these are often written with an underlying assumption that the Democrats will lose the House in 2022. This site has no interest in making such a concession even though historical patterns and the mood of the country do, for now, make the MAGAs the favorite. But it is not in any way a “given.”

Kevin McCarthy has done everything right. Despite having a four-letter word filled phone call as McCarthy feared for his life, a call in which Trump said that the people were apparently more upset about the election than Kevin – indicative of Trump’s approval of the protesters – McCarthy then went down to Mar-a-Lago a month later, prostrated himself, and then said; “What is thy bidding, my Master?”

Since then, McCarthy has even looked the other way when members humiliated his caucus and allowed some to put their majority in doubt.

But apparently, it’s still not enough because Marjorie Taylor-Greene says that McCarthy might not have the votes to become Speaker and, amazingly, on this one she might be right.

Marj went on Matt Gaetz’s podcast (because everyone has a podcast now) and according to Mediaite:

CNN’s Melanie Zanona wrote Wednesday that “if Trump were to publicly or even privately come out against McCarthy — or encourage someone else to challenge him — it would almost certainly create a math problem for McCarthy.”

Greene echoed that sentiment with Gaetz, saying, “We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker. He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable.”

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She is mad because McCarthy has failed to “discipline” the members of the party that voted for the infrastructure bill and that Cheney and Kenzinger remain in the Republican party. Where does one suppose Marj comes up with the “discipline” argument?

Marjorie is one of Trump’s mouthpieces and no matter how much McCarthy is doing right, Marjorie is still closer to Trump than Kevin. Trump wants the House run the way McConnell normally runs the Senate, no dissent tolerated, loyalty above all else, even competence, which may explain the Trump administration’s lack of success on “infrastructure week.”

If Marj is right, it would open some space for Jim Jordan to oppose McCarthy and become speaker. Ironically, one of the reasons McCarthy resists some of Trump’s wackiest ideas and messages is out of fear that Trump will endorse the craziest of the candidates (More Marjories), enough that Keven need not worry about any vote because the Dems will keep the House. The Republicans will have run too many Trump loons. Mitch McConnell shares the same fears, by the way.

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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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