House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is looking to retire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Even though there are still 44 House seats up for grabs and the GOP is still 11 seats short of the majority, McCarthy has announced that he will be running for Speaker of the House.
McCarthy, in his letter announcing his run, stated, "Over the past century, Republicans had flipped the House from Democrats just four times: 1946, 1952, 1994 and 2010.
"Only twice did that flip occur in four years or less.
"This was the most expensive and arguably the most competitive House midterm in America's history.
"Yet in a hard-fought contest, our message and our candidates prevailed, winning key seats across the country, some in districts that President Biden carried just two years ago by double digits… This is no small feat."
He continued, "I trust you know that earning the majority is only the beginning. Now, we will be measured by what we do with our majority.
"Now, the real work begins.
"That is why I am running to serve as Speaker of the People's House and humbly ask for your support."
This is a tough one for me.
It is not that I don't like McCarthy, I just think he is weak.
He did not put out a message during an election season that should have led to an enormous route by the GOP in this election.
Having said that, he is an enormously successful fundraiser, but that alone does not qualify him to be the Speaker.
I question if he has the backbone to stand up to Biden and McConnell on budgetary issues.
I also question if he can get some of the whackos in the party to dial down the rhetoric that just provides more fodder for the media and Democrats to paint us all as radicals.
I have these questions at a time when he will have a tumultuous two years ahead of him that will largely dictate if we are able to win in 2024 in Congress.
I think we all need to see his plan, a very specific plan, for what he will accomplish over the next two years.
In addition to winning over the American people, he also has to win over the caucus, and there is ample evidence that is not the case.
His biggest problem may be the House Freedom Caucus, but it has not yet voiced any real opposition to him.
Now that he has officially declared, this will all play out soon enough.
Source: Fox News