Updated: Jan 6
As Kevin McCarthy continues to lose vote after vote to become the next Speaker of the House, many are angry at the 20 Republicans who won't support him, thus not giving McCarthy the votes he needs to win.
Most of those 20 are young. They want to work. They want a free-flowing legislative process. They want to debate. As the system was designed.
They simply want to do the things they were elected to do.
But there's also a BIG chunk of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, who want NONE of those things. Hence the divide.
Huge blocks of Republican members and huge blocks of Democrats are quite accustomed to the way things are now. They want a Speaker that takes care of things for them, shields them, and protects them from taking tough votes. Fundraising and bill-writing are the biggest tasks they prefer not to be bothered with. They will happily vote for a Speaker that agrees to do the work for them.
The Senate is dead, as a negotiating apparatus. The House is rightfully the focus as the last chance to save the republic. What the 20 are asking for is not hard. They just want the House to operate as designed.
This 20 want votes like balanced budgets and earmarks on the floor. Our rising debt is indicative of the current system, the result of one vote a year on a massive bill where everyone gets a xmas tree, or a piece of a xmas tree. When Americans are aghast at the level of spending, Members of Congress get to avoid all the criticism, thanks to a Speaker who shields them.
The Speaker's office is a cartel in need of being broken. Many conservative congressmen have left because with the system as it currently is in the House, members can't get anything done.
This is a big part of why Ron DeSantis left Congress. It's why Jason Chaffetz left. They aren't alone. You can’t keep electing conservatives only to have conservatives walk out the door because they are bored.
That’s the way a party dies.
Rep. Chip Roy explained some of what the 20 want on Fox News, "[We're] trying to make sure we stand up to fight for them and to represent our constituents against a swamp that is basically rolling over [on] $1.7 trillion omnibus bills. They get no real representation. We can't offer amendments on the floor. We can't actually have participation in the process because things are cooked up in secret committees – in the Rules Committee, as they call it."
This is basic parliamentary stuff. These are responsible requests. In fact, it is irresponsible not to demand such concessions from leadership.
If you have been in Congress for some time, this would mean you would actually have to work. Do your job. Keep your promises. Many members don't want that.
The younger Republicans in the 20 don't have that mentality. They want to do what they were elected to do. They want to lead. They want to save taxpayer money. They want to fairly represent the people who put them in office.
They simply want the People's House to actually be the People's House again.
For that, the establishment calls them "Terrorists?"