Kevin McCarthy Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Philip H

    McCarthy’s position reminds us that Republican politicians believe their actions are justified because it reached their desired end of Republican male political control. He intends to keep doing what he’s doing, and moving the goal posts as needed until he achieves that objective.Report

  2. Michael Cain

    …of folks wanting the fundraising and name power of the former president, but not the unfiltered commentary and attention.

    Let’s see… $100 and I can have a package no larger than a pack of cigarettes with battery, processor, camera with longish lens, audio, and hours of storage. For $1000 I’m sure I can find someone on the facility staff who will put it someplace inconspicuous for me with two-sided tape, pointing at the stage, and retrieve it for me later. What makes the organizers think they can keep anything out of sight?Report

  3. Mike Schilling

    The usual game: flood control is partisan if the entire GQP refuses to admit that water is wet.Report

  4. DavidTC

    Yeah, this is a much larger threat than people think. There is one fundamental thing required of democracies, even more so than free speech or things like that: Deciding things via a system.

    If an election isn’t fair, if voter suppression happened, or it literally was stolen via fraud, the system can recover from that. Those are bad things, and can destroy some faith in the system, but there’s one thing that is sorta the capstone of a democracy, the thing that if you remove there is nothing left:

    You have to have a system where the losing side steps aside gracefully when the system says they have lost. This is actually more way important, stability-wise, than the system being fair.

    It’s sorta the difference between someone cheating at a board game, and someone overturning the board and punching someone in the face during a board game. One of those, the game can continue, even if that turn had the wrong outcome. The sequence of games can continue, with maybe added anti-cheating checks. The other, it cannot. You have to have, in a democracy, an assurance that the person who loses will hand power to the person who wins.

    This is the reason that so many new democracies fail. They don’t have a tradition of doing that, and indeed the first few transfers of power are _incredibly_ important in setting that as a precedent, as a way that people understand their system to operate.

    And Republicans elected a person who does not understand this, and gave him all the power of their party, and is breaking this. They failed the last time, simple because the norm of ‘No, wait, Trump lost, Biden’s president even if I don’t like it’ was so strong a norm that even Republican elected officials wouldn’t argue.

    And Republicans are, at this point, working to change that, so the next time they try to break the system, it actually breaks.

    This is…worse than treasonous. I don’t actually have a word for how bad this is. It is fundamentally undoing the basic concept of modern governance. In a liberal democracy, there’s a normal level of human rights that we try to ensure ourselves, but fundamentally, the reason they work isn’t any of those rights, because every single one of those rights is based on the idea ‘We decide who is in charge by a system, and not violence’.

    We just normally concern ourselves with ‘is the system fair’ and ‘how should the system work’, things like that. We agree there _is_ a system and we are all contrained within it.

    And now, the entire concept of following a system is at risk, thanks to Trump and Trumpers. You can, apparently, just show up and threaten people’s lives and be in charge.Report

  5. Mike Schilling

    Nor does Mitch McConnell.Report

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