These GOP holdouts are doing what the Squad never has the courage to do: use their power to defy party leadership in order to extract concessions.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 3, 2023
Not sure why it’s a source of pride to show how you always submit to Party orders like good soldiers. Not much dignity in that. https://t.co/t7uqZrUPGE
The Republicans are currently doing what I was told could not be done & was performative, they are extracting concessions for their vote for speaker!!! Or as @AOC calls it “violence!” pic.twitter.com/ZOLTSoAuMC— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) January 3, 2023
It is WILD to be listening mainstream coverage of how Republicans are “FORCING THE VOTE” and how the far right is getting “MAJOR concessions” bc Republicans can only afford to lose 4 votes when the left was patronized RELENTLESSLY for pointing out the squad could do the same.— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) January 3, 2023
.@chiproytx nominates Jim Jordan for Speaker (Pt. 1 of 2):— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 3, 2023
"People ask me, 'what do you want?' I want the tools, and I want the leadership to stop the Swamp from running over the average American every single day." pic.twitter.com/e5SmjfdnxY
UPDATE: McCarthy goes down a third time.
UPDATE: McCarthy went down a second time.
When I was at the Amren conference, I was struck by how much Steve King hates Kevin McCarthy and sees him as a Swamp creature. I don’t really have a position on this, but I am impressed that House Republicans aren’t going to roll over for Kevin McCarthy like Democrats with Nancy Pelosi.
“WASHINGTON — Only hours before the vote, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California was still laboring on Tuesday to lock down the support he needed to be elected speaker, with ultraconservative holdouts showing no signs of backing down from what could become a chaotic floor fight at the dawn of the new House Republican majority.
The standoff hung over what was supposed to be a day of jubilation for Republicans, exposing deep divisions within the party as it embarks on its first week in power. It all but guaranteed that even if Mr. McCarthy eked out a victory, he would be a diminished speaker beholden to an empowered right flank.
In a vote planned for around midday Tuesday, when the new Congress convenes, Mr. McCarthy must win a majority of those present and voting — 218 if every member of the House were to attend and cast a vote — to become speaker. Republicans are to control 222 seats and Democrats are all but certain to oppose Mr. McCarthy en masse, leaving him little room for defections from his own party. …”
Do you remember #ForceTheVote?
House Progressives didn’t even try to drive a hard bargain in exchange for their support for Nancy Pelosi.