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House GOP picks McCarthy as leader

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/14/18, 04:04 pm

WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Wednesday elected Kevin McCarthy of California as minority leader, fending off a challenge from Jim Jordan of Ohio. McCarthy won with a 159-43 vote. The new session of Congress that begins in January represents the first time since 2011 that Republicans will be the minority party in the House. McCarthy has served as the House Majority Leader since 2014. Steve Scalise of Louisiana will remain the Republican whip, while Liz Cheney of Wyoming, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will serve as GOP conference chairwoman.

Current House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is retiring, backed McCarthy as the “right person” to lead the GOP in the House. McCarthy is a more moderate Republican than Jordan, who is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Jordan said Republicans lost the House for not adhering more closely to President Donald Trump’s priorities and fulfilling campaign promises such as funding a border wall and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

House Democrats will wait until after Thanksgiving to elect their leaders.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 11/15/2018 07:44 am

    Mr. Jordan should consider an obvious question:  how much better might the Republicans have done if their Presidential face did not scare so many people with his incessantly amoral and narcissistic  behavior?  They did pretty well by keeping the Senate, all things considered.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 11/15/2018 05:21 pm

    It's hard to say, there are many "what ifs" in play. The President certainly energized his detractors with his personality. The Republicans deflated their supporters with their lack of fulfilled campaign promises (one example: John McCain votes every year to overturn Obamacare ... until the year when a Republican President was in office who would sign the bill = hypocrisy).

    Depending on what "look back" period is used, the net losses are average to slightly above average for the President's party in a midterm election. The blue wave turned into a blue ripple.

    That said, 2020 will be very interesting. Considering how close Trump's election was, it's hard to imagine the Democrats not coming out victorious if they put up a strong candidate.

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 11/15/2018 10:38 pm

    Big Jim, it is interesting how whenever someone (like me in this instance) brings up the effects of Pres. Trump's behavior on the political landscape, a typical response is, "Yes, but...what about [these other complicating factors]?"

    I respect you based on other of your posts that I have read, and I do not in the least think that your post is disrespectful to me.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Now, we can make our speculations as complex as we want without getting anywhere.  Occam's Razor cuts to this simple, Biblical truth:  bad behavior begets bad results.  Pres. Trump's bad behavior weighed heavily on this election.  To put it another way, no reasonable person would conclude that the election would have gone as poorly if Pres. Trump had treated people with more respect, all other things remaining equal.  The House might still have turned over, but not by as much.  Republicans might have 55 or 56 Senate seats, not 52 or 53.  This, friend, is simple logic, rooted in Proverbs.

    Pres. Trump's post-election behavior unfortunately appears to show that he has not learned.  God is trying to teach His children a lesson, and I am concerned that we are not learning, either.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 11/16/2018 01:00 am

    Brendan, he's no saint, that's for sure.

    Posted: Fri, 11/16/2018 01:05 pm

    I did not vote for Trump because he was a Dem. first and is friends with people like the Clintons, among other reasons.The Rep. might have done better if they weren't afraid of the backlash the public has thrown at Republicans and Trump's admin. The Republicans got nothing done except to help vote for Supreme choices made by Trump. Since McCarthy was approved by Ryan, I am against him. Since Ryan became a Boehner minion he became worthless. He too got nothing done. The Republicans choosing of McCarthy from California shows that the line between Rep. & Dems. is almost non-existent. How can people vote for Rep. who cannot do the right thing? We in Ariz. feel like our mail-in ballots were discarded with no one to go after the fraud. Obama got away with murder, fraud, extortion, and treason with the Dems blessings. Will Pelosi be flying a private jet back and forth to Cal. since they pointed to Trump's admin. doing same? It's going to be an interesting 2 years.