by Sharon Rondeau

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, public domain

(Jan. 7, 2023) — Shortly before 1:00 a.m. Saturday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected the 55th Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 118th Congress on the 15th round of balloting with a total of 216 votes.

After winning the election, McCarthy collectively swore in all new and returning members of the lower chamber, who can now be termed, “Congressman” rather than “Congressman-elect.”

The final vote marked the end of what became a tense and dramatic week, beginning Tuesday, of floor debate in which 20 Republican members indicated they could not support McCarthy and wanted definitive change in the way Congress conducts its business.

Beginning late Wednesday, former president and 2024 presidential candidate Donald J. Trump predicted “good things” would unfold for the Republican Party, including in 2024. Trump had pledged his support of McCarthy prior to Tuesday, when the new House convened at noon.

Republicans gained the majority in the November 8 elections, although by a slim margin of 222 to Democrats’ 212, with one vacancy.

In all 15 rounds, newly-minted Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York garnered 212 votes.

Tuesday’s noon call to order followed closed-door meetings during which McCarthy had failed to convince 20 Republicans, including Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Chip Roy of Texas, among others, to vote for him.

Over the week, many opined that McCarthy appeared unable to convince the “holdouts” to change their minds and should withdraw his name from consideration. Another view was that the “insurgents” should simply coalesce around McCarthy in order to jump-start the business of the new House of Representatives as soon as possible.

The group of 20 consisted primarily of “Freedom Caucus” members who support Trump, wish to see spending in Washington curbed and demanded a change in key House rules and membership on the House Rules Committee. Reportedly, McCarthy acceded to virtually, if not all, of their demands, and on Friday night, Boebert and Gaetz indicated to “Hannity” host Sean Hannity a positive view of the way in which the process would soon conclude.

In the last vote, taken early Saturday morning after the 14th round failed to elect a Speaker, Boebert, Gaetz and four others voted “present” rather than for another House member or non-member, which had occurred earlier in the week.

Some in the mainstream media are claiming McCarthy is “weakened” by the week-long contentious debate and “concessions” he had to make to reach a majority vote.

In his victory speech, McCarthy promised to “never give up.” “If the son of a fireman and grandchild of immigrants can rise to the highest position in the most important legislative body in the world and if my colleague Hakeem Jeffries with his life story can rise to lead his party then opportunity and democracy still thrive in America.”

In his victory remarks, McCarthy thanked Trump for his support and “helping get those final votes.”

The House vacancy is due to the “sudden” passing of Rep. Aston Donald McEachin (D-VA) in late November. A special election is scheduled in the fourth congressional district for February 21.

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  1. Dear Mr. McCarthy,

    Since you have become the Speaker I would like to give you a few of my reactions to the Republican Party along with other issues.

    • Dump Trump – I voted for him the first time but not anymore.
    o In my judgement Mr. Trump is Damaged Goods and operates for his ego rather the constitution. I do not want him as Commander in Chief.
     I strongly believe that M. Trump wants to be a Dictator and I find to many resemblances between Trump and Germany in the late 30’s.
    o There are others who follow the steps needed who I have confidence in including DeSantis, Nikki Haley or even Traci Gabbard.
    o If Trump is supported for 2024 I and my family will vote for someone else.
    o In general I have no confidence in anyone in Washington D.C. along with Sacramento. As it seems to be party over country.
    • I totally support the action taken to support Ukraine as if we do not we might find Mr. Putin knocking on our door.
    • Spending reduce the deficit
    o Reduce entitlements especially the ones that do not motive people to work as they can make more getting from unemployment etc. There is no incentive to work. It might be time for a new form of the old CCC. Work and you will receive pay. I realize that the socialists will not like this or the Democrats.
     We can created a large group as a public charge.
    • I am fed up with the congress operating on my party rules or take the road. It is time to have working relations between both parties.

  2. If the information discussed in the below video is effectively made public across the USA and viewed by the nine black robes in conjunction with the Brunson case, then maybe, just maybe, McCarthy’s tenure as Speaker of the House (SoH) of Representatives could come to an end before his first two years have lapsed as SoH due to the overturning of the 2020 presidential election. Constitutional Crisis, anyone?

    Additional information in-work on same topic.

  3. From writer/legal scholar Joseph DeMaio:
    After a 15-round battle that at times looked more like a rugby scrum than reasoned debate, Kevin McCarthy has been elected the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. By a slim vote of 216 to 212, with 6 members voting “present” to mathematically seal the deal for McCarthy, he became the 55th Speaker in the Republic’s history.

    The best part of the victory, of course, is that the Wretch from San Crapcisco is no longer in that leadership position…, and oh, what a relief that is.

    Time will tell whether McCarthy will actually follow through on the commitments he made in order to secure the support he needed. He will face mindless, withering and unrelenting opposition from the Democrats and the Democrats’ apparatchik propaganda allies in the mainstream media, since he represents an impediment to their continued goal of debilitating and “fundamentally changing America,” as initiated by one Barack Obama.

    Obama vowed to fundamentally change America, and that process metastasizes daily under the “leadership” of Brandon the Goof at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That process must stop…, day before yesterday. If McCarthy reneges on his promises, he will face even stronger blowback from those who voted “present” to invest him with the title. He promised accountability. Now, he must deliver. No more excuses. No more “going along to get along.” Period.

    And he should recall as well the 1787 admonition of Thomas Jefferson: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”