What does Kevin McCarthy need to do to win over the holdouts and become Speaker of the House, ending the current Congressional chaos and achieving the position he so obviously wants?
According to Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, McCarthy should show that he’s the real deal by releasing the “January 6th Files,” a play on Elon’s “Twitter Files”. Watch Tucker explain that here:
As you can hear in the video, Tucker, giving McCarthy his opinion on what needs to be done to win over the House Freedom Caucus holdouts, said:
McCarthy is going to have to give them something real, not more airy promises, which he specializes in. He’s going to have to give them actual concessions. If Kevin McCarthy wants to be the speaker, he is going to have to do things he would never do otherwise.
Like what? We can think of at least two things. First, released the January 6 files—not some of the January 6 files and video—all of it. And not just some phony committee that will hide them, that in fact is designed to hide them from the public, but put them online. Release them to the public directly so the rest of us can finally know what actually happened on January 6, 2021. It’s been two years. It’s long overdue. It’s our right as Americans to know, and McCarthy could tell us.
That came after Tucker explained what it is that’s stopping the more conservative members of the House from voting for McCarthy, saying that McCarthy isn’t really all that conservative and goes with what the lobbyists want rather than what the conservative base wants. In his words:
Kevin McCarthy of California was going to be speaker. He badly wants to be speaker. In fact, he wants that job more than anything else in his life and he was going to get it. But then a group of 20 Republican members stopped him. Now they stopped him because they decided that Kevin McCarthy is not conservative enough to represent a party that’s just taking back the House from Nancy Pelosi. and they are definitely right about that.
McCarthy is not especially conservative. He is, in fact, ideologically agnostic. He’s flexible. His real constituency is the lobbying community in Washington. So, if you’ve got sincere political beliefs, that is infuriating to watch. On the other hand, to be fair, this is politics and McCarthy does have strengths. It’s not easy being speaker when the House is this closely divided. and in some ways Kevin McCarthy is perfectly suited for that.
Tucker also noted, during that monologue, that the fight over who should be Speaker might seem embarrassing to many, but could (and, in his view, should) also be taken as an example of what real democracy looks like instead of oligarchy and just going along with whatever the oligarchs want. In his words:
Now, the fact that this race has not been settled by now is being described, especially online by many, as embarrassing – and it is embarrassing if you prefer the Soviet-style consensus of the Democratic Party’s internal elections, where votes are merely a formality and all the really big decisions, the meaningful ones, are made years in advance by donors. Oh, of course, everyone’s on board. That’s what they do.
But if you prefer democracy to oligarchy, if you prefer real debates about issues that actually matter, it’s pretty refreshing to see it. Yes, it’s a little chaotic, but this is what it’s supposed to be. Now, we’re going to give you a lot more to tell them what’s happening in just a minute and throughout the week, but first, a quick overview to frame the big points.