K-Mac Is Really Bad At His Job, Part Infinity
The afternoon email thingie from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (AKA Politico, thanks Charlie Pierce!) begins with a status report on Lucky No. 15:
TICK TOCK: The government will shut down in 12 days if Congress can’t pass a funding patch.
And Speaker Kevin McCarthy left the Capitol before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a very unhappy hour, with his House GOP failing to open debate on the defense spending bill.
It was the second stumble in a day for Republican leaders who are struggling mightily to find the votes to pass their short-term funding plan – one they had hoped to tout as a consensus pact between conservatives and more centrist members.
But the purported deal still has at least a dozen no votes. Which brings us to the question of the day: How many of those no votes are actually flippable for GOP leadership?
Not Matt Gaetz (and how old are his dates these days?):
The majority of House Republicans are only getting angrier as the holdouts dig in.
[…] But let’s get real: Until McCarthy breaks through with one or more of the holdout camps on the current proposed deal or seeks an agreement with Democrats, the House is in limbo. And even if the speaker can secure passage of the short-term plan hashed out by Main Street and Freedom Caucus members, it’s dead on arrival in the Democratic Senate.
And all we are left saying is, Sic transit gloria mundi.
Republished with permission from Mock Paper Scissors.