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The race among Republicans for Speaker of the House is important because the only thing keeping Congress from sending an amnesty bill to Obama’s desk was John Boehner’s invoking of the informal Hastert Rule that he wouldn’t call an amnesty bill for a vote since a majority of House Republicans were against it. But that’s the Speaker’s call.

The frontrunner to succeed Boehner, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, CA, represents the crops-rotting-in-the-fields donor class of Central Valley landowners who like a constant flow of fresh stoop laborers from south of the border so they can privatize profits and socialize costs (emergency room care, public schools, prisons, etc.). McCarthy has a terrible record on immigration.

But now McCarthy has suddenly dropped out of the race. The New York Times doesn’t offer much of a plausible explanation for why this just happened. But Charles C. Johnson’s Got News has a detailed theory. I certainly don’t know if it’s true, but it makes more prima facie sense than the NYT’s story.

 
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  1. Daniel Webster looks like about the best of the candidates for speaker that I’ve heard about. He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad. Anyone better out there that’s interested?

    • Replies: @e
    @EriK

    There's a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn't actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I've seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump's position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Replies: @EriK, @Ed, @rod1963, @jill

  2. he’s having it off with my congresswoman renee

  3. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

  4. Pretty shoddy scandal. It is alleged he had an affair with a 50 something year old colleague, not a 20 something intern. I think he should be commended.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @george


    It is alleged he had an affair with a 50 something year old colleague, not a 20 something intern. I think he should be commended.
     
    Who was that she-Steyn who said that feminists should be praising Prince Charles because instead of ditching "dear old Dutch" for a trophy wife, he did precisely the opposite?

    I'm thinking Florence King, but it's not quite bitter enough. It's too funny (and too racy) to be Phyllis Schlafly.
  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Great stuff. Thank God for moral lapses, it makes everything so much more intriguing. They’re both married, btw. What I don’t get is if you’re going destroy your marriage and your career, why not at least got for some beautiful young woman, not some 51-year old that looks like she’s been rode hard and put away wet??

  6. Renee Ellmers School Glue is a big time Zuckerberg FWD.us money whore.

  7. Renee Ellmers…. read that rumor 10 days ago. Might not be true due to other Republican speakers being forced out due to affairs. Gingrich and one or two right after him who were about to be elevated to Speaker. One was from Louisiana.
    Did Kevin McCarthy really think he could remain Speaker with our left wing media piling on?

  8. You know what would be interesting? A list of countries where evidence of adultery with a consenting adult can bring down a politician. I know it can’t be a long list. What other countries, besides the US, are on it?

    • Replies: @gruff
    @Glossy

    Vatican City.

  9. “The frontrunner to succeed Boehner, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, CA, represents the crops-rotting-in-the-fields donor class of Central Valley landowners who like a constant flow of fresh stoop laborers from south of the border so they can privatize profits and socialize costs (emergency room care, public schools, prisons, etc.). ”

    Translation–> A group of wealthy entrepreneurs who pride themselves on the fruits of their labors, who take advantage of the system similar to their forefathers. Thanks capitalism!

  10. Most people have affairs. It’s normal

    • Replies: @Blair
    @Anonymous


    Most people have affairs. It’s normal

     

    I am not sure that is true, but even if it is, it includes the whole population. Within the whole population, there exist subgroups. Some of those subgroups are highly adulterous and others are not. Some of those who are not are rather politically active in so much as they vote, and they will not vote for an guy who is having an affair.
    , @Twinkie
    @Anonymous


    Most people have affairs. It’s normal
     
    Stop projecting.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Anonymous

    Instead of projection maybe you should cowboy up, look in the mirror and ask yourself why you dishonored and betrayed your vows.

    , @AnotherDad
    @Anonymous


    Most people have affairs. It’s normal
     
    Actually the GSS says ... no. Not among people who are married *now*. Less than a quarter.

    It may possibly be the case that most people who married--during some particular post-war interval--do have an affair, and a large percentage get divorced and hence are no longer in the "married" statistics. But even that's not clear. I would guess\predict that the collapse of marriage in the working class--becoming a thing the college educated do (along perhaps with some working class committed Christians)--will mean even higher fidelity. The people getting married now--where it's optional--having higher commitment to their "project".

    What's certainly true is that historically--the pre-pill, pre-abortion, pre-"modern" era--this was absolutely *not* true. People treated sex seriously, because it was serious. Since the pill some fraction--maybe most--people have started treating having sexual relations with a non-spouse a lot less seriously to varying degrees all the way to "beats watching Netflix".
  11. Lots of talk that this might be the replacement turd. The GOP might think he can do a better job of sneaking an amnesty by the people than McCarthy.

    http://www.alipac.us/f34/daniel-webster-r-fl-us-congress-supports-amnesty-illegal-aliens-311913/

  12. God loves the Republican Party, and so He divinely inspired His obnoxious tool Charles C. Johnson to publish this tawdry gossip in order to preserve the Hastert Rule.

  13. @Anonymous
    Most people have affairs. It's normal

    Replies: @Blair, @Twinkie, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @AnotherDad

    Most people have affairs. It’s normal

    I am not sure that is true, but even if it is, it includes the whole population. Within the whole population, there exist subgroups. Some of those subgroups are highly adulterous and others are not. Some of those who are not are rather politically active in so much as they vote, and they will not vote for an guy who is having an affair.

  14. @Glossy
    You know what would be interesting? A list of countries where evidence of adultery with a consenting adult can bring down a politician. I know it can't be a long list. What other countries, besides the US, are on it?

    Replies: @gruff

    Vatican City.

  15. Let’s see….

    Democrat President has affairs, perjures himself: All Is Right With The World.

    GOP Congressman has affair: All Bets Are OFF.

    What’s that term…?

    Oh, yes: double standard.

    Not that I wanted Mr Open Borders Perpetual Mass Third World Imminvasion Kevin McCarthy to accede to the Speaker’s chair. So in this instance, I feel relieved for anything that prevents his parking his treacherous keister in it.

  16. The race among Republicans for Speaker of the House is important because the only thing keeping Chuck Schumer’s amnesty from Congress sending an amnesty bill to Obama’s desk was John Boehner’s implementation of the Hastert Rule that he wouldn’t call an amnesty bill for a vote since a majority of Republicans were against it.

    That’s the only thing that kept the amnesty bill away in 2013-2014. Currently no matter who is Speaker, the bill would have to go through the whole process again, as S.744 died with the last Congress.

  17. It won’t be Webster. He isn’t even going to be re-elected.

  18. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Most people have affairs. It’s normal”

    and

    “Some of those subgroups are highly adulterous and others are not.”

    OT but related (and a provocative claim):

    “The DNA test ‘that reveals if you’re gay’: Genetic code clue is 70% accurate, claim scientists”, Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail, 8 October 2015:

    “…the claim sexual behaviour can be predicted by such a high degree was described as ‘bold’…

    …Girls who are tomboys grow up to have more lovers whether they are straight or gay…

    …it seems the genes that make women more masculine may also make them more promiscuous…

    …The finding helps explain why homosexuality doesn’t die out…

    …This is because straight tomboys have more lovers than others – and so the ‘tomboy DNA’ stays in circulation

    …Dr Tuck Ngun, from the University of California at Los Angeles said: ‘To our knowledge, this is the first example of a predictive model for sexual orientation based on molecular markers.’ …”

  19. e says:
    @EriK
    Daniel Webster looks like about the best of the candidates for speaker that I've heard about. He has Steve King's endorsement, which isn't bad. Anyone better out there that's interested?

    Replies: @e

    There’s a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn’t actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I’ve seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump’s position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    • Replies: @EriK
    @e

    Unlike other potential non-house member candidates, presumably Mr. Newt knows how the house functions. Can't say I'm a fan, but nobody cares what I think.

    , @Ed
    @e

    I've thought for some months that Trump should ride the publicity train more and throw in for Speaker himself. This is completely within the House rules.

    , @rod1963
    @e

    He's a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    Replies: @e, @e

    , @jill
    @e

    Newt suffers from "Washington Rot". He has been over exposed.

  20. @e
    @EriK

    There's a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn't actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I've seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump's position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Replies: @EriK, @Ed, @rod1963, @jill

    Unlike other potential non-house member candidates, presumably Mr. Newt knows how the house functions. Can’t say I’m a fan, but nobody cares what I think.

  21. @e
    @EriK

    There's a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn't actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I've seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump's position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Replies: @EriK, @Ed, @rod1963, @jill

    I’ve thought for some months that Trump should ride the publicity train more and throw in for Speaker himself. This is completely within the House rules.

  22. @Anonymous
    Most people have affairs. It's normal

    Replies: @Blair, @Twinkie, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @AnotherDad

    Most people have affairs. It’s normal

    Stop projecting.

  23. @Anonymous
    Most people have affairs. It's normal

    Replies: @Blair, @Twinkie, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @AnotherDad

    Instead of projection maybe you should cowboy up, look in the mirror and ask yourself why you dishonored and betrayed your vows.

  24. Politicians are eerily similar to actors and actresses in that they crave mass adulation. And they are seldom content with what they already have. I am not original in stating that politicians (rather like actors, again) are all too frequently people for whom they are the stars while their family and friends – even their children – are mere satellites.

    They are not normal people.

    As the great sci-fi writer Frank Herbert wrote, “It’s not that power corrupts – it’s that power attracts the corruptible.”

  25. @e
    @EriK

    There's a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn't actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I've seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump's position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Replies: @EriK, @Ed, @rod1963, @jill

    He’s a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    • Replies: @e
    @rod1963

    There are many Newts.

    , @e
    @rod1963

    He’s a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    Come, come, no one man or woman "ruined the GOP."

    Yes, he's as "amoral and mercenary" as the rest, just smarter and more articulate than almost every one of them. In other words, he's a corrupt SOB, meaning he can go this way or that, which is why I could back him if he took Trump’s position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Let's not live in unicorn land where only angels wrote the history of the country and shaped its future.

  26. McCarthy announced that he will remain majority leader. I wonder how this rumor, if true, will affect that decision.

  27. He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.

    What I don’t get is if you’re going destroy your marriage and your career, why not at least got for some beautiful young woman, not some 51-year old that looks like she’s been rode hard and put away wet??

    Maybe that’s the best McCarthy could do. He doesn’t look like the irresistible Romeo type.

    You know what would be interesting? A list of countries where evidence of adultery with a consenting adult can bring down a politician. I know it can’t be a long list. What other countries, besides the US, are on it?

    The eternal “They’re so much more sophisticated in France” sentiment. I spit on that.

    Conservative blogger Eric Erickson is peeved at the hypocrisy of McCarthy and his sweetie, who have posed as defenders of traditional moral values. ( Erickson is “conservative” in approximately the Fox News mode. )

    Maybe there’s also a rumor that McCarthy got the old girl pregnant and she had an abortion. The pregnancy part seems unlikely.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @David Davenport


    He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.
     
    Steve King is a Republican from Iowa, who is very solid on most topics, including immigration. You are confusing him with Peter King of New York.

    Replies: @jill

    , @Half Canadian
    @David Davenport

    Rennee Ellmers is 51. The chance of her being pregnant, outside of medical help, is so close to zero, that I won't consider it a possibility.

  28. The thinking is Boehner will stay on, through this Congress. And enact Amnesty since he has nothing to lose and the Donor Class gratitude to gain.

    This was always going to be a losing battle. They only need to win once. America is over, its just Northern Mexico now like Europe is just another part of the Middle East, filled with Middle East Muslims and African Muslims.

    Time to take up martial arts, be armed, be safe, keep one’s head on a swivel, avoid crowds, late night, and be ready to fight for one’s life at the drop of a hat. We live in the Third World now and that will never change.

    But you owe the grotesque parody of America, a rotting propped up corpse, nothing. No allegiance, no loyalty, no sacrifices for Norte Mexico.

  29. @rod1963
    @e

    He's a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    Replies: @e, @e

    There are many Newts.

  30. @David Davenport
    He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.

    What I don’t get is if you’re going destroy your marriage and your career, why not at least got for some beautiful young woman, not some 51-year old that looks like she’s been rode hard and put away wet??

    Maybe that's the best McCarthy could do. He doesn't look like the irresistible Romeo type.

    You know what would be interesting? A list of countries where evidence of adultery with a consenting adult can bring down a politician. I know it can’t be a long list. What other countries, besides the US, are on it?

    The eternal "They're so much more sophisticated in France" sentiment. I spit on that.

    Conservative blogger Eric Erickson is peeved at the hypocrisy of McCarthy and his sweetie, who have posed as defenders of traditional moral values. ( Erickson is "conservative" in approximately the Fox News mode. )

    Maybe there's also a rumor that McCarthy got the old girl pregnant and she had an abortion. The pregnancy part seems unlikely.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Half Canadian

    He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.

    Steve King is a Republican from Iowa, who is very solid on most topics, including immigration. You are confusing him with Peter King of New York.

    • Agree: EriK
    • Replies: @jill
    @Twinkie

    King went off the rails when he spoke of McCarty's retreat. It was a sight to see.

  31. OT: It’s Canada, so no-one will care, but striking how quickly the NDP fell in the polls after its leader Mulcair defended a Muslim woman who wants to be photographed in a niqab for ID. Two weeks ago the three main parties were level. Now, ten days before the election, Liberals and Conservatives are up to ten percentage points ahead.

    • Replies: @Poker face
    @5371

    In advance voting in Quebec, a woman votes with a potato sack over her head:

    http://m.radio-canada.ca/sujet/elections-canada-2015/2015/10/09/013-voter-sac-patates-elections-federales.shtml

    According to the article, the rules allow it if you present two pieces of ID, proof of address and take an oath.

    But wait, there's more...

    http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/montreal/advance-polls-federal-election-niqab-clown-potato-sack-1.3265147

  32. borrr-riinnng!

    How About:

    Uh Oh, Part LX!

    A sneak preview on next year’s smash hit starring Denzel, Will Smith, and Little Wayne!

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-unlikely-debate-prison-vs-harvard-1442616928?mod=trending_now_3

  33. @e
    @EriK

    There's a strong call for Newt Gingrich. Yes, one doesn't actually have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House, apparently.

    He has been the most combative and the most articulate of any pol I've seen in many years.

    Now, I could back him if he took Trump's position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Replies: @EriK, @Ed, @rod1963, @jill

    Newt suffers from “Washington Rot”. He has been over exposed.

  34. @Twinkie
    @David Davenport


    He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.
     
    Steve King is a Republican from Iowa, who is very solid on most topics, including immigration. You are confusing him with Peter King of New York.

    Replies: @jill

    King went off the rails when he spoke of McCarty’s retreat. It was a sight to see.

  35. Wretchard’s take seems more likely. The House Freedom caucus and its 40 votes voted against McCarthy. They seem to be the only people trying to do what the base wants. The GOP establishment keeps screaming that that the freedom caucus is stupid and its members don’t know how to play the game, but we the people are all tired of the rigged game.
    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/10/08/game-postponed/

  36. Now it looks like Ryan may run, after all. Bad for immigration focused Republicans. Immigration is the biggest issue that divides Republicans. Maybe the only issue. So getting Ryan is about like still having Boehner.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/09/politics/house-speaker-race-paul-ryan/

  37. e says:
    @rod1963
    @e

    He's a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    Replies: @e, @e

    He’s a nasty, amoral freak and mercenary who ruined the GOP by bringing in the K Street project that made pay to play a critical part of the party. The citizen was finally frozen out thanks to him.

    Come, come, no one man or woman “ruined the GOP.”

    Yes, he’s as “amoral and mercenary” as the rest, just smarter and more articulate than almost every one of them. In other words, he’s a corrupt SOB, meaning he can go this way or that, which is why I could back him if he took Trump’s position on immigration and if he started to unravel PC World.

    Let’s not live in unicorn land where only angels wrote the history of the country and shaped its future.

  38. There were still two more declared candidates for Speaker: Chaffetz and Webster. Why did it get postponed just because #3 dropped out? I mean, I know why. But what would the principled reason be?

  39. @Anonymous
    Most people have affairs. It's normal

    Replies: @Blair, @Twinkie, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @AnotherDad

    Most people have affairs. It’s normal

    Actually the GSS says … no. Not among people who are married *now*. Less than a quarter.

    It may possibly be the case that most people who married–during some particular post-war interval–do have an affair, and a large percentage get divorced and hence are no longer in the “married” statistics. But even that’s not clear. I would guess\predict that the collapse of marriage in the working class–becoming a thing the college educated do (along perhaps with some working class committed Christians)–will mean even higher fidelity. The people getting married now–where it’s optional–having higher commitment to their “project”.

    What’s certainly true is that historically–the pre-pill, pre-abortion, pre-“modern” era–this was absolutely *not* true. People treated sex seriously, because it was serious. Since the pill some fraction–maybe most–people have started treating having sexual relations with a non-spouse a lot less seriously to varying degrees all the way to “beats watching Netflix”.

  40. Denver talk radio host Peter Boyles insinuated that the discovery of Kevin’s girlfriends arose during his vetting, and that played more of role in his withdraw than his weakness on border issues. I suspected the republicans were trying to slip in another open-borders change agent and probably will again. The fact that Boehner stayed on as house speaker after the 2014 congressional elections told me all I needed to know about where this current congress…

  41. @David Davenport
    He has Steve King’s endorsement, which isn’t bad.

    If you mean RINO US Rep. King from NY State, the endorsement is bad.

    What I don’t get is if you’re going destroy your marriage and your career, why not at least got for some beautiful young woman, not some 51-year old that looks like she’s been rode hard and put away wet??

    Maybe that's the best McCarthy could do. He doesn't look like the irresistible Romeo type.

    You know what would be interesting? A list of countries where evidence of adultery with a consenting adult can bring down a politician. I know it can’t be a long list. What other countries, besides the US, are on it?

    The eternal "They're so much more sophisticated in France" sentiment. I spit on that.

    Conservative blogger Eric Erickson is peeved at the hypocrisy of McCarthy and his sweetie, who have posed as defenders of traditional moral values. ( Erickson is "conservative" in approximately the Fox News mode. )

    Maybe there's also a rumor that McCarthy got the old girl pregnant and she had an abortion. The pregnancy part seems unlikely.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Half Canadian

    Rennee Ellmers is 51. The chance of her being pregnant, outside of medical help, is so close to zero, that I won’t consider it a possibility.

  42. Paul Ryan as speaker will be even worse than Boehner or McCarthy. Ryan has been fanatically devoted to open borders since before he was even a congressman, running off to California with Jack Kemp in 1994 to campaign against Prop 187.

    Whatever Boehner’s shortcomings, he at least kept amnesty from passing. We cannot count on Ryan to do the same.

  43. @george
    Pretty shoddy scandal. It is alleged he had an affair with a 50 something year old colleague, not a 20 something intern. I think he should be commended.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    It is alleged he had an affair with a 50 something year old colleague, not a 20 something intern. I think he should be commended.

    Who was that she-Steyn who said that feminists should be praising Prince Charles because instead of ditching “dear old Dutch” for a trophy wife, he did precisely the opposite?

    I’m thinking Florence King, but it’s not quite bitter enough. It’s too funny (and too racy) to be Phyllis Schlafly.

  44. @5371
    OT: It's Canada, so no-one will care, but striking how quickly the NDP fell in the polls after its leader Mulcair defended a Muslim woman who wants to be photographed in a niqab for ID. Two weeks ago the three main parties were level. Now, ten days before the election, Liberals and Conservatives are up to ten percentage points ahead.

    Replies: @Poker face

    In advance voting in Quebec, a woman votes with a potato sack over her head:

    http://m.radio-canada.ca/sujet/elections-canada-2015/2015/10/09/013-voter-sac-patates-elections-federales.shtml

    According to the article, the rules allow it if you present two pieces of ID, proof of address and take an oath.

    But wait, there’s more…

    http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/montreal/advance-polls-federal-election-niqab-clown-potato-sack-1.3265147

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