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Kevin McCarthy drops out of Speaker election

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has just announced that he is dropping out of the race for House Speaker.

This is a breaking story, so details remain sparse. However, McCarthy’s exit today suggests that the power of the conservatives, who just yesterday threw their backing to Daniel Webster (R-Florida), is very strong. With two of the top guys from the old Republican leadership out, things are now certainly going to change in the House. This opens up the Speaker election, making it possible for a new compromise candidate to step forward. More important, that candidate is going to have to respect the demands of the conservative wing, which forced this election.

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  • Phill O

    A step in the “right” direction! Let us hope that the investigation into Hillary continues at full speed. I will say she is one tough cookie. I am learning that morals and politics do not mix. Maybe after the next election!

  • Rick

    I just hope the FBI is doing a legitimate investigation, although the Clinton corruption has long tentacles throughout the government.

  • Phill O

    You mean that it is not for show?

  • Cotour

    Phill, politics is much, much more about perception and not at all about either truth or morality, only perception.

    And I do not say that in a flip or casual way, truth and morality are optional for those at the highest levels of any government and we the people in many circumstances are only numbers and are expendable. And that is how in reality people must understand their government, all government.

    We the people from our perspective immersed in society call it lying, at the highest levels it is understood as justified and called an acceptable interpretation related to the greater good (a subjective judgement). This is why the people in many instances are confused about what is going on right in front of their faces.

  • Edward

    Cotour is correct. Politics is all about getting what the politician wants. That is why it is so important to vote for the person who wants what you want, and why politicians try so hard to sound as though they want what the voters want — then ignore the wishes of the voters, the promises that they made, and the truth, morals, and perceptions that they made on the voters. They are only there for their own purposes, and we can only hope that their purposes are also our own purposes.

    I once drove Route 66, but in many towns the route depended upon which era you wanted to recreate. The route would change with changes in mayors, because new mayors would change the route to pass in front of their own businesses. They had become mayor strictly for the purpose of increasing their own business — for selfish, corrupt, and greedy reasons.

    We can only hope that the people we elect are patriots who are more concerned about the general welfare than with their own. We cannot rely upon their words, but we *can* rely upon their previous actions and how long they have taken those actions.

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