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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jim Newell, Salon: Eric Cantor's defeat at the hands of economics professor David Brat was a cause of instant celebration and mockery worldwide, or at least among political junkies who consider Eric Cantor a generally unlikable person. ... But maybe the celebration went a little too far, too fast. You wake up the next morning, the next afternoon, head pounding, shoulder mysteriously dislocated, hair on fire, and realize all at once: Oh ----, they're never going to raise the debt ceiling again! ... [But] it appears that the current House majority whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, may be able to glide into the No. 2 slot without much resistance. As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein asks, for a stunning Tea Party victory, this? Groups that score Republicans' voting records place McCarthy to the left of Cantor.

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Newell writes, "How is a dirty California proto-RINO like McCarthy poised to win the promotion? The answer is deep inside-baseball and complex beyond basic human comprehension: He's a nice guy and people like him. As the Washington Post writes, McCarthy 'continued building personal relationships within the sprawling 233-member Republican Conference, deploying every networking tool at his disposal -- small dinners, workouts in the House gym, long bike rides up the C and O Canal towpath. Almost no lawmaker was left unattended, including those who had been cast aside by past leaders.' That's simple enough: He's taken nearly each member of the House Republican conference on dates, and they've determined that he's a sweetheart. ... "Kevin McCarthy, the Tea Party's Cool Older Brother."

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"This is where the "good" news comes in. For all the tuff talk about how, post-Cantorgeddon, the next majority leader needs to be a Real Constitutional Conservative or a hot-bellied Tea Partyer or a deep-red-state Republican, it appears that the current House majority whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, may be able to glide into the No. 2 slot without much resistance.

As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein asks, for a stunning Tea Party victory, this?

Groups that score Republicans' voting records place McCarthy to the left of Cantor. Additionally, Klein writes, "McCarthy voted for a Hurricane Sandy relief bill that included spending that was unrelated to providing emergency aid, fought for the farm and food stamp bill, fought reforms to the federal sugar program, and backed an extension of the corporate welfare agency known as the Export-Import Bank.

In January, he also supported a path to legal status for immigrants who entered this country illegally.

So … umm … how? How is a dirty California proto-RINO like McCarthy poised to win the promotion?

The answer is deep inside-baseball and complex beyond basic human comprehension: He's a nice guy and people like him.

As the Washington Post writes, McCarthy "continued building personal relationships within the sprawling 233-member Republican Conference, deploying every networking tool at his disposal -- small dinners, workouts in the House gym, long bike rides up the C&O Canal towpath. Almost no lawmaker was left unattended, including those who had been cast aside by past leaders."

That's simple enough: He's taken nearly each member of the House Republican conference on dates, and they've determined that he's a sweetheart."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-14 12:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

From what I can gather McCarthy seems like a better guy than many politicians.

If this is so will the GOP allow him to be in a position of power?

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-14 03:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"fought reforms to the federal sugar program, and backed an extension of the corporate welfare agency known as the Export-Import Bank."

Yep, this guy sounds like a real sweety. Unfortunately, he's from California and those folks are pretty clueless and he's probably safe unlike Cantor who was a bagman for wallstreet and the military industrial complex.

#3 | Posted by matsop at 2014-06-14 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Nice guys" are the ones you have to watch out for in politics and the rest of life. You better have your hand in your back pocket when the smell gets close. Otherwise, the best thing is to avoid them altogether.

#4 | Posted by matsop at 2014-06-14 03:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

"he's from California and those folks are pretty clueless"

ronald reagan and clint eastwood invite you to never eat the produce that comes from McCarthy's district, watch films from his state, or use electronics designed on his coast.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-14 03:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

he's in line for one simple reason....

the two from TEXAS bowed out.

#6 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-06-14 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

I might not be entirely happy with a RINO, but if the option is a RINO or Obama, I'll take the RINO and consider myself, if not 'blessed', at least not as badly 'cursed'.

#7 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-14 09:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I might not be entirely happy with a RINO,"

Translation: I know that the Tea Party crazies are dangerous to our economy but I don't really want to say that because I don't want to actually admit that I know they are crazy.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-14 09:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Danni

I absolutely believe trying to move too quickly away form our current screwed up habits could be VERY bad.

But I have absolute faith that a society based on something close to Frederic Bastiat would be a huge improvement.

www.constitution.org

(He was French, writing in 1850 no less, so he hyperventilates a bit, but still really good stuff....).

"Mr. de Lamartine once wrote to me thusly: "Your doctrine is only the half of my program. You have stopped at liberty; I go on to fraternity." I answered him: "The second half of your program will destroy the first."

#9 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-14 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cantor was more afraid of his tea party colleagues than he was of his constituents which was his undoing.

#10 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2014-06-15 07:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

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