After three chaotic days publicly melee from House republican, Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) has begun telling reporters the absolutely obvious: This will be bad for future Republican election chances. It turns out that people don’t want that Vote for incompetent idiots who continue to own yourself.
“If this remains the face of the GOP in 2024, we will be smacked in the presidential and congressional elections,” Bacon said told Politically Reporter Olivia Beavers. “We would have won more seats in 2022, but too many feared the extremes in the GOP beforehand.”
It’s true. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has appeased extremist Republican lawmakers in their bid for power for years. He has also tried to mollify so-called centrists like Bacon. McCarthy seeks power for power’s sake — but as we’ve seen this week, he clearly can’t have it both ways, which is why days of failed speaker applications (11 at the time of writing) have created such incredible content.
Bacon added that if House Republicans can’t wrap up the speaker race soon — and there’s no indication it won’t happen next week — those record-breaking votes will be a stain on the GOP. “The actions of a few who have shut down the house have embarrassed the GOP and our country,” he said Politically.
It’s quite gratifying to see elected Republicans slowly realizing what they’re a part of, like frogs in boiling water. While the last three days have certainly been dramatic, I think Bacon has learned the wrong lesson from all of this. “Authoritarian regimes will point this out and say that representative government no longer works. President Xi of China has been saying that for years,” the congressman said. Hm.
No, I don’t think this particular week of failed elections is why people don’t believe America’s representative democracy isn’t working anymore. If I had to guess, I’d bet the January 6 riot, which has brought almost no punishment for senior officials, is the reason.
I can’t wait to see Bacon and other McCarthy allies continue to humiliate themselves for the 12th, 13th and more votes expected today, the second anniversary of a deadly attempted Capitol coup.
https://jezebel.com/gop-congressman-embarrassed-by-his-partys-antics-in-20-1849958688 “In 2024 we will be beaten up”