The term “circular firing squad” is often applied to those on the right who can be just as busy attacking one another as they are confronting the left, and a dustup involving Mark Levin and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., might fall into this category.
On his radio show Tuesday, Levin was expressing concern about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell working on a deal with Democrats to pass a massive year-long omnibus spending bill during the lame-duck session of Congress, complaining that the vast majority of Republican Senators have no idea what’s going on while some will claim we have to keep the government open.
He then pivoted to House Republicans who have been holding out on supporting Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy for the next speaker of the House.
“Why am I bringing this up? Well it should be obvious, but there’s another reason,” Levin said. “The House Republicans have yet to vote for their leaders — for their speaker. They’ve yet to do it because of five boneheads in the House of Representatives who are Republicans… who have no alternative candidate who can get anything close to majority — nothing close to majority — and are playing right into the hands of [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer, McConnell, right into the hands of [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the Democrats, and Hakeem Jeffries.”
“And right into the hands of the Republican moderates who at some point are not going to sit on their hands or they’re going to demand that they picked the speaker,” he added.
Levin pulled no punches as he proceeded to name the “gang of five saboteurs.”
“Who are these Republicans? Who are they… who claim to be such solid stalwart conservatives? Who are they? How can they be so stupid?”
“Matt Gaetz. Oh, he’s enjoyable to watch on TV, very clever debater. Utterly useless!” Levin railed. “Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), a phony conservative.”
He went on to name U.S. Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), calling him a “moron,” and U.S. Reps. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.)
“They know they have no Plan B. They know they have no plan at all!” Levin insisted. “The other conservatives in the Freedom Caucus and House where they have finally figured this out, but what’s what, these 5 knuckleheads? They’re playing right into the hands of the Democrats, right into the hands of the establishment Republicans, right into the hands of the media!”
The main point of contention for Levin is that until the leadership issue is resolved, House Republicans have “no voice” in the ongoing talks over a spending bill — not that their voice will have much impact on Pelosi.
Of course, it’s not lost on many on the right that McCarthy may also be part of the so-called “establishment.” He is saying all the right things ahead of the vote for speaker but some conservatives question his leadership and don’t trust him.
At such a critical time in America, Republicans like Gaetz are determined to fight fire with fire, giving the Democrats a taste of their own medicine. Americans can see that Washington, D.C., is broken and more of the same is not going to address these concerns. Then again, the key difference between the right and left is that Democrats have corporate media firmly in their corner.
In talking to reporters Tuesday, Gaetz called for new leadership in the House as he spoke about the need for a coalition representing all views within the GOP.
“I think you’ll see a critical mass say that we want to turn the page,” he said. “We want new leadership. We want fresh faces and new ideas and what I could tell you as I stand here right now is that Kevin McCarthy does not have 218 votes to become speaker. I don’t think he has 200.”
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 10, 2022
However, as Levin noted, the holdouts don’t appear to have a viable candidate to oppose McCarthy. Republicans currently hold 220 seats and McCarthy needs 218 to become speaker, the razor-thin margin opening a myriad of possibilities — to include a far-reaching scenario where 5 Republicans join with the opposing party to elect a Democratic speaker. But rest assured, it will not be the five Levin lambasted.
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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