1) It’s time to fire Kevin McCarthy. House Republicans voted for Pelosi’s infrastructure bill and bailed her out, showing that McCarthy is a pathetic leader with no control over his caucus. Jeremy Carl writes:
Given his terrible performance, it is notable that even before the first Cheney debacle, McCarthy had come under attack in his caucus. Noting his vacillation between blaming Trump for the January 6 events and not doing so, members criticized him for unclear direction. “I think at the end of the day we’re going to be in the majority in two years because Democrats are doing ridiculous shit right now,” said one member at the time.
This is, indeed, the only reason the GOP ever seems to take a congressional majority. Under leaders like McCarthy, we are unable to articulate a positive case for our own party, allowing us to be bailed out time and again only by the Democrats’ insanity. In 2021, that’s simply not good enough.
….While he may be great at backslapping and glad-handing, [McCarthy] is intellectually and temperamentally the last sort of leader the GOP needs right now, at a time in which our nation, and the GOP base, are under attack from a ruthless opponent that controls almost every major institution in our society.
If the GOP is serious about building a winning party and a winning agenda, Kevin McCarthy needs to follow Liz Cheney to the backbenches.
2) Americans are DONE with Covid restrictions. J.D. Tuccille writes:
Politicians have been on a high over the last year-plus, wielding extraordinary power with the approval of voters fearful of viral infection. Democrats, in particular, championed draconian restrictions on life and often won praise for doing so. Going into this week’s election, Terry McAuliffe, Phil Murphy, and other politicians had every reason to expect voters to cheer similar interventions in other areas. But voters, it turns out, are over their pandemic panic and want something closer to a traditionally restrained government minding its manners and paying attention to the public’s concerns.
3) John Durham’s investigation has shown that Democrats are liars and traitors.
Special counsel John Durham this week obtained an indictment of Igor Danchenko, a Russian who provided information for the dossier. Danchenko is charged with lying to the FBI, but the bigger story of the indictment is Democrats’ central role in every aspect of the dossier and the FBI investigation.
Never forget the original claim. According to the FBI, Democrats and the media, Trump harbored secret and nefarious ties with Russia. We knew that because — as Mother Jones explained in a 2016 article that became the reigning storyline — Christopher Steele was a “credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive and important information to the US government.” He had come across “troubling” evidence of Trump collusion and brought it to US law enforcement.
It took a year for congressional investigators to reveal the dossier had in fact been commissioned by the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS, working for the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It took two more years for Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to expose that Steele had relied on a Russian source who said he had never expected Steele to present his info as facts, since most of it was “hearsay.”