Any semi-politically literate progressive can spend an entire day talking about Joe Scarborough’s role in the rise of the extremist right, all the way back to his days in the House under Newt Gingrich and the ouster of Bill Clinton, on and off through his time at MSNBC and the number of times Scarborough underestimated the danger Trump represented, even promoting Trump’s rise through the ranks. Given this reality, it is probably important to give Scarborough credit as well when he is completely correct in both his assessment and its inherent dangers.
Scarborough on Monday morning set out the new reality in the GOP House caucus, namely that it is not run by Kevin McCarthy. Sometimes it seems like McCarthy’s leadership is based on the consent of extremists like Marjorie Taylor Green and Lauren Boebert.
Scarborough said this morning:
“It seems that Republican extremists are in control now. They have effectively taken control of Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.”
“He did not condemn Boebert’s generous remark, and I will say here, to myself just here, to myself just here, I’m glad she’s apologized and I’m glad that Steny Hoyer, from what I understand, made the call took and tried to facilitate an encounter between the two. I understand how awful this statement is. We hope that this kind of hate speech will be isolated at some point and that members of the House, Republicans and Democrats, can debate the issues. My God, there is enough to debate about. ”
It will not be isolated. It will be rewarded. It’s unfair to expect Scarborough to say this on live mainstream television, but we’ve been watching this movement for over six years now and it’s going in one direction. The most extreme members are those who are most loyal to Trump; MTG, Boebert, Gaetz, Gosar, Cawthorn, all of them (with the possible exception of Cawthorn) are untouchable, and McCarthy knows it.
“However, it seems that McCarthy is planning a strategy with extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene. I do wonder when members of the caucus go to him and say, ‘You are actually crawling on your hands and knees begging for the support of one member who actually supports fanatical remarks?’
Again, Joe is right on track, except for letting the 800-pound orange orangutan into the room, the one standing between McCarthy and the speaker’s hammer. Of course, the majority of the caucus hates that McCarthy provides for Marjorie Taylor-Greene, but those same people also know that if they call McCarthy in public, they will have to deal with the orangutan. Apparently they prefer that Kevin handle it.
At what point does Kevin stop listening to the extremists? … How desperate are these people to act behind a member of the House who is so desperate to be a speaker of the House that he is willing to politically change the most generous members I can remember to embrace. to be in the House of Representatives? … How desperate is Kevin? ”
Kevin is desperate enough to plod at Marjorie and Lauren’s feet, desperate enough to tolerate Gaetz and Gosar, all because if McCarthy improves that dynamic in any way, he will not only throw away a possible shot on the hammer, but he will continue to set. its current relevance in jeopardy which apparently erodes by the day anyway.
Joe nailed the situation as it stands. He just failed to fill in some of the details as to why the situation would not change. It will continue to grow more extreme, it always does in everything MAGA.
Jason Miciak is a political writer, with writer, writer and lawyer. He is originally from Canada, but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a dual Canadian-American citizen, for which he is becoming increasingly grateful every day. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the shores of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic who can not add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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