The following is a transcript of Todd’s morning commentary. Click here to pre-order Todd’s new book, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Can America Be Saved?”
For the first time in American history a Speaker of the House has been removed from office. And the one word that keeps coming to mind is chaos.
But it’s chaos of the Republican Party’s own making.
They knew that Kevin McCarthy was a man who would promise anything to anyone to get control of the Speaker’s gavel.
The problem was McCarthy did not deliver on his promises made to conservatives. And now he’s paid the price.
“Kevin McCarthy couldn’t keep his word,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). “He made an agreement in January regarding the way Washington would work, and he violated that agreement. We are $33 trillion in debt. We are facing $2.2 trillion annual deficits.”
Patrick McHenry, the acting speaker, summed up the mood of Republicans when he smashed the gavel with all his might. It was a petty act of petulance.
If only the Republicans had as much passion about the border and addressing the weaponization of the federal government and fiscal responsibility.
“We face a de-dollarization globally that will crush Americans working class Americans,” he added. “Kevin McCarthy is a feature of the swamp. He has risen to power by collecting special interest money and redistributing that money in exchange for favors.”
One final note — it turns out Speaker McCarthy had cut some special deals to provide exclusive offices to Democrat leadership.
Why did ex-Speaker McCarthy provide Pelosi an exclusive, hideaway office in the the U.S. Capitol instead of giving that work space to a Republican? And what other secret deals was McCarthy making with the Democrats?
Mr. McCarthy made promises that he did not have to make – but he did – because he wanted to the power. I wish he had kept those promises. But, he did not. A lesson that every elected leader should heed.
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