The GOP is so dysfunctional that Americans nearly took it as a certainty that the extremists would vandalize the country by breaking it with a shutdown.
But Kevin McCarthy might be worthy of some credit from Democrats. He put the country ahead of his speakership and went along — mostly — with the short-term government funding plan that the Senate had debated and compromised on.
The most disappointing part of the House vote was the elimination of the aid for Ukraine from the budget.
As an aside, it appears that the conspiracy theory party has a conspiracy about why Democrats really support Ukraine. It is not that we’re enraged by the monster bombing maternity wards and believe in preserving democracy. No, that’s not it, according to one of the most mega-MAGAs in the Senate:
Sorry, this needs to be said:
A lot of the anti-Russia obsession on the left has nothing to do with Ukraine. It’s a revenge fantasy over 2016. They blame Russia for Donald Trump’s election and they’ll bleed Ukraine dry for payback. https://t.co/vN9J5AkBxA
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) September 30, 2023
Right. We just want revenge. And what’s with the “we will bleed Ukraine dry” — by funding the winning army, we are destroying Ukraine? Where is the call for the butcher in Moscow to withdraw all his forces?
We never see it from mega-MAGAs. They blame Biden for the war, not Putin.
Regardless, on to the war for McCarthy’s speakership.
McCarthy had already put it at risk by simply agreeing to the Senate’s compromise. Gaetz was already talking about a motion to vacate the Speaker’s chair on Saturday night.
That was before he learned that McCarthy made a deal with the Democrats whereby he would hold an “open vote” for support for Ukraine:
Wow.@SpeakerMcCarthy made a side Ukraine deal with Democrats and didn’t tell House Republicans until after his Continuing Resolution passed.
More deceit. https://t.co/LC91laLyTp
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 1, 2023
If this is true and McCarthy keeps his word, it is fantastic news because every Democrat will vote for it in revenge for bombing maternity wars and attacking a democratic nation just as a means to steal it.
And the biggest Ukrainian supporting Republicans — there are some — will frame the funding as needed.
McCarthy is doing all this while daring the flamethrowers to do something about it.
Instead of siding with his own party today, Kevin McCarthy sided with 209 Democrats to push through a continuing resolution that maintains the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer spending levels and policies.
He allowed the DC Uniparty to win again.
Should he remain Speaker of the House?
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) September 30, 2023
Kevin McCarthy put a CR on the Floor that got 209 Democrat votes, since it kept in place the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer policies that are destroying the country and the spending levels that are bankrupting us. Sadly, it also got 126 Republican votes. Uni-Party rule.
— Congressman Bob Good (@RepBobGood) September 30, 2023
There is NO “uniparty.” There is a compromise by necessity coming from responsible members of Congress. And 126 Republicans is a majority of Republicans.
If the Democrats were 100% in control, a very different funding bill would have emerged.
Oh, and knock off the government spending thing bankrupting the country. A full quarter of the country’s debt was compiled during Trump’s four years.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 30, 2023
Exactly. Very clear. They want a situation where a group of ten to twenty members can hold the entire country hostage.
You knew that MTG couldn’t keep her mouth shut on this, either:
The majority of the majority does not support haphazardly funding war in Ukraine and it was proven this past week when 117 Republicans voted against a stand alone $300 M to Ukraine.
We elected our Speaker, not the Democrats, and our Speaker should not violate the Hastert Rule. https://t.co/mePgloVgNB
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 1, 2023
Again, these people were plenty angry about the deal itself. The side deal – done in good faith with the Democrats, may cost McCarthy his speakership.
Let’s roll! https://t.co/WGrvA9REPE
— Rep. Eli Crane (@RepEliCrane) October 1, 2023
— RyanMatta 🇺🇸 🦅 (@RyanMattaMedia) October 1, 2023
Meanwhile, some members want to expel Matt Gaetz!
I mean you *can* expel whoever you want if you can get 2/3's vote for it, but gonna be hard to pull off.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 1, 2023
So, the GOP is at war with itself, and that isn’t a good thing, not if you want to get things done, like passing a budget in 45 days.
Remarkably, Trump – the guy who really was behind the “shutdown” movement, hasn’t said a thing on Truth Social about it.
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