Boebert Helps Foil Kevin McCarthy’s Hopes of First Ballot Victory

UPDATE #9: Rep. Ken Buck, who was good enough to show up to work today, warns after three failed ballots that Kevin McCarthy is more likely to lose support in successive rounds of voting than turn things around:


UPDATE #8: Rep. Joe Neguse revels in the schadenfreude as Kevin McCarthy loses a third round of balloting, with Rep. Lauren Boebert and the “Never Kevins” seeing no reason whatsoever to budge:


UPDATE #7: For round three, Rep. Steve Scalise nominated Kevin McCarthy. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert still voted again for Jim Jordan.


UPDATE #6: Via The Washington Post, here are the Republican opponents of McCarthy:


Meanwhile, McCarthy is reportedly playing a game of “chicken” with his opponents to see which side will fold first. We can’t see Rep. Lauren Boebert changing her mind — it’s too much fun for her to be on this list.


UPDATE #5: There will be a THIRD vote for House Speaker. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is among those who voted for Rep. Jim Jordan instead of Kevin McCarthy.

This is shaping up to be a loooonnggg day.


UPDATE #4:  Kevin McCarthy will lose the first ballot for Speaker of the House, the first such humiliation for an incoming majority in exactly 100 years.



UPDATE #3: Declaring that Kevin McCarthy is “taking the path of Nancy Pelosi” (whatever that means), Rep. Lauren Boebert casts her vote for Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.


UPDATE #2: Looks like Colorado Rep. Ken Buck is throwing in with the nutball caucus. Here he is sitting with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz earlier today:

Rep. Ken Buck (left) and Matt “Giggity” Gaetz



UPDATE: As expected, the new Republican “majority” in Congress is off to a bad start.


This headline from The Atlantic got us thinking about a poll idea, so please weigh in below.

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Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz (R).

As Colorado Public Radio’s Caitlyn Kim reports today from Washington, the fateful day for Republican U.S. House Leader Kevin McCarthy has arrived:

What should be a big day for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives may have an inauspicious start as one big question still looms over today’s start of the 118th Congress: Who will be the next Speaker of the House?

House Republicans hold a slim majority in the chamber with 222 members, and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy will need to secure the support of 218 of them to get the speakership. At least five Republicans have said publicly that they will not vote for McCarthy.

As of now, two Colorado Republicans aren’t publicly backing McCarthy either. U.S. Reps. Ken Buck and Lauren Boebert did not vote for McCarthy during the caucus’ nomination process last fall, where 188 of their colleagues voted for McCarthy…

If McCarthy doesn’t get the gavel after the first vote, it will move into multiple votes. More importantly, the focus will be on a party in disarray not the work Republicans promised to take up during the congressional session.

Yesterday, Colorado’s hard-liner Rep. Lauren Boebert met with McCarthy along with fellow Rep. Matt “Giggity” Gaetz to lay out her terms for supporting McCarthy’s bid for speaker, which we had previously understood most importantly including the ability of any Republican member to ask for a “motion to vacate the chair,” or get rid of a Speaker they don’t like. McCarthy has reportedly granted this major concession that would leave his power at the whim of any disgruntled Republican member, but even this doesn’t seem to have placated Boebert:

As you can see, Boebert’s vow to “take down the temperature” in Washington is going extremely well! If Boebert is a “no” on McCarthy it means McCarthy’s vote count is going the wrong direction with no margin to spare–and that means we’re in for a rollercoaster of a day couple of years. This is a House out of control before even gaveling in.

We’ll update as developments warrant, which they will.

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  1. DavidThi808 says:

    Here’s my wild-ass idea of the day. Led by Nancy Pelosi 20 Dems vote for McCarthy and state they can’t speak to the agreement they reached (there is no agreement).

    ‘McCarthy would then be dead to the majority of Republican members.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    But, but, but….#MyKevin NEEDS HIS VOTE!!! The irony that McCarthy’s speakership could teeter on a single vote.

  3. Chickenheed says:

    I would expect nothing less from the political party who's platform can be summed up as "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! NO!!! FUCK!!! EVERYTHING IS BAD!! FUCK! AAAAAAAAAAA!!"

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    If Cory had stayed in his lane, a lifetime opportunity to represent Colorado’s eastern plains, he would no doubt, today, be in McCarthy’s position  or as the first alternate, with the fire power of the Koch network at his disposal. 

  5. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Jim Jordan? I mean Biggs went to the dinner what does he have to do for you? 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Sam Youngma may have summed this up best. 

      I’m today’s episode of shit-fan-throw, we’re laughing our asses off as we wait to see if Kevin McCarthy has made enough deals with enough devils to become the weakest speaker in history. Yeah, we’re not real sure what the process is or how it’s gonna play out, but with these deranged shit-eaters in charge we assume that at some point Congressman Billy Bob E. Shitspants will put on the ceremonial dunce cap and be kicked in the junk thrice by Marjorie Taylor Greene while the rest of the caucus lays on its back and pulls its legs back for the traditional lighting of the farts until someone’s mustache catches on fire and that person gets a spanking from the QAnon shaman and that means it’s time to start congressing. We might be making some of this up. We might not be. 

      • JohnNorthofDenver says:

        Boebert votes for Jim Jordan to sink Kevin McCarthy does she stick with him? 

        According to Sam Youngma it really doesn't matter because its a rabble that is unable to be governed. Its an argument that just got a load of evidence with the Republicans being unable to solidify their party. 

  6. QuBase says:

    Poll needs an All of the Above option. They don't know how AND they don't want to.

  7. Powerful Pear says:

    Can you really have a leader with the name Kevin?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Who’s your pick, Roger? (asking for a friend)

      • Powerful Pear says:

        Kevin is a Mike Coffman personality who will say anything, knowing it’s not true to get power. I’ve heard him say he was going to get rid of 85K IRS employees. That’s legislation that has to be signed by the President which will never happen and he knows this. But for the moron republicans it sound good.

        The members voting against Kevin are telling America, Kevin can’t be trusted, just like our friend Coffman. The “nobody but Kevin” crowd have been promised all kinds of graft and perks so they will not jeopardize their share of pork.

        The talking heads on FOX and probably other networks are overflowing with bull shit about this being a crisis. Change is messy.

        I don’t know who I would choose, just glad for the pushback and gridlock that’s being created.

        • unnamed says:

          Kevin is a Mike Coffman personality who will say anything, knowing it’s not true to get power. I’ve heard him say he was going to get rid of 85K IRS employees. That’s legislation that has to be signed by the President which will never happen and he knows this. But for the moron republicans it sound good.

          You would know since you fall squarely in the moron republican camp.

          And geez.  You still got a grudge against Mike Coffman.  Just because he Rogered you in 2018, before he went on to get Rogered himself.  Keep grinding that axe.


        • Chickenheed says:

          "I don't know what I want. I'm just glad things are fucked up"

          Thanks for the excellent summary of Republican strategy for the past 15 years or so.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      The most famous Kevin I can remember was a big bird in the movie Up.

  8. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    It's on! So, so bad, yet so fun to watch…

  9. 2Jung2Die says:

    At least 18 defections so far. I'm prone to just accepting Youngma's description, but does anyone actually think there's an end-game in mind?

  10. Duke Cox says:

    In your poll, I very much wanted the option to vote for both.

  11. Powerful Pear says:

    Kevin is not authentic!

  12. unnamed says:

    Republicans 'R' Revolting.

  13. MichaelBowman says:

    Summbuddy isn’t happy…

  14. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    Rebelling, complaining, pissing and moaning about everything, and how bad things are, is rather easy. Anyone can do it.

    The actually governing, adult part is hard.

  15. 2Jung2Die says:

    McCarthy's already short of votes on the second ballot!


  16. Early Worm says:

    Assuming McCarthy, or some other R eventually is elected Speaker, how do they lead this party of toddlers (looking at your Boebert)? 

    Serious question related to the poll Q: Can a coalition of Rs and Ds pass legislation, by simple majority, if the Speaker will not allow a floor vote? For example, if we are looking at a debt default, are we at the mercy of the party of Trump, or can a majority pass an increase in the debt ceiling without the Speaker's permission? 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Short version … a majority of the House can do damn near anything. 

      The Speaker sets a calendar, but members can take a variety of approaches to passing something the Speaker doesn’t put on the calendar. 

       * if bottled up in a committee, a majority can pass a discharge motion to force it out of committee, vote for it to be brought to the floor for debate, and eventually vote for the bill and pass it. The Speaker then has no choice but to enroll the legislation and pass it to the Senate or if the Senate passed it already, to the White House.

       * if not in committee, but the Speaker will not schedule a vote on that piece of legislation, a majority can pass an “amendment” to some legislation that does come to the floor, erasing whatever WAS there with whatever they WANT to be written in.  It doesn’t even have to be germane to the original subject OR have the permission of the sponsor OR be acceptable to the Speaker.

      Of course, such maneuvers trigger consequences.  The Speaker can retaliate in a variety of ways.  The Majority leader and Whip have been given power, too.  The Conference can push someone out.  The campaign arm can deny them money (and other resources) for the next election. 

      • Let's be technically accurate: the House rules, which are set by vote after the Speaker is elected and members sworn in, determones what can and cannot be done. The whacko caucus wants changes to the rules, and thank the powers of light that they're not really creative in coming up with new changes.

  17. notaskinnycook says:

    It's happened before, back in 2013. Here's a piece I found from Brookings about how that would go:

  18. MichaelBowman says:

    Didn’t Kevin promise he’d read the Constitution in its entirety on Day 1?  I hope he’s got a speed reader in the wings …

  19. The realist says:

    The problem with today's Republican Party is that they've convinced themselves and each other that any attention is good. They probably believe they've won the day with this never-ending news coverage! Look at us – we're the best obstructionists evvvvverrrrrrrrr!!!!!


  20. Chickenheed says:

    How many times does this carousel need to spin before some Republicans start voting present or, for extreme chaos, vote for Jeffries?

  21. Washopingmylastpostwouldbemylast says:

    Time for the next in line? — George Santos?

    (Hasn’t he claimed to have experience as a previous House Speaker? The GOPers might as well pick someone who’s already so clearly well qualified?)

  22. Dano says:

    This is one of these events where if I was in McCarthy's shoes, I would prove why I always say, "No One ever wants me in a position of power."

    My solution would be to get 7 of my supporters to join me (I only need 5 but I would get 7 in case 2 drop out of the plan), then have a conference call with the Freedom Caucus and inform them that if they continue this stupidity, I had enough votes to give the Speakership back to the Democrats. Their choice, they can have 95% of the whole enchilada, or none of it. Then I would hang up and refuse to talk to them until the next vote.

    Just before the next vote, my speech would be simple: "To the American people, you deserve better than this. This will be our last vote for a Speaker, one way or the other. It is now up to the Freedom caucus to decide which way we go, forward or backward." Then I would sit down until the vote is taken. If the nutjobs continue to be stupid I would rather give the gavel back to the Dems than let them hold the country hostage.

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      "and inform them that if they continue this stupidity, I had enough votes to give the Speakership back to the Democrats."

      The looney Matt Gaetz has already said that such a result would be okay with him.

      No word on whether any of the other 19 screwballs subscribe to his "logic."

  23. I don't know why McCarthy even wants the job other than historical recognition; unless he also foresees that his third-in-line position might actually pan out to a promotion to the big job, completing the coup.

  24. coloradosane says:

    Go Biblical GOP……. watching Boobert speaking right now brought this to mind….

    Good luck finding 3 wise men and a virgin in that rabble. 

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