Writer, activist, philosopher, and teacher Angela Davis said, “ I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. Her twist on the 12-step recovery mantra would be good advice for the would-be Speaker of the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy has a history of swallowing his principles with such vigor that one wonders if the words coming out of his mouth are anything more than partisan barf. In 2016, it was reported he and the then House leader Paul Ryan had a discussion concerning Republican Dana Rohrabacher and former President Donald Trump. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” said McCarthy, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Lordy, there are tapes

Both Ryan and McCarthy denied the dialogue exchange, but lordy, there was a tape of the conversation, and the excuses began. McCarthy tossed off the conversation as a joke, but Ryan swore those who heard it to secrecy. I am not sure about you, but I have never sworn my friends to secrecy over a bad joke, even the knock-knocks. That was one of many McCarthy switches for his ambition. President Joe Biden is pilloried for his gaffes, but McCarthy had one of the biggest when he let the cat out of the bag over the Benghazi hearings. “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee; what are her numbers today?” said McCarthy. He later denied that the hearings were strictly a political hit job, but the truth was out. What it did reveal was Kevin McCarthy’s continued lack of principles.  

On January 6, the United States was attacked from within, and the leader of the insurrection was the President of the United States. Rightfully and with good reason, Kevin McCarthy reproached the President for his audacity and treachery against the country. Immediately after the riotous mob attacked the citadel of America (the United States Capitol), McCarthy said, “The violence, destruction, and chaos we saw earlier was unacceptable, undemocratic, and un-American. The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.

Less than a month later and after a scolding by Mr. Trump, McCarthy was on a plane to Mar-a-Lago, asking Trump to reaccept his fealty. The photos of McCarthy in the shadowy wake of Trump’s messy betrayal of the country were not only embarrassing to McCarthy and the GOP but a signal to America that mindless violence has its sycophants. Faced with another chance to stand by a principle, McCarthy folded like a cheap suit.

McCarthy did what he does best leading up to the House Speakership vote, kowtow, waffle, and shave away what is left of his integrity. McCarthy bowed to the demands of QAnon sympathizer Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and courted the vote of incoming Congressmen George Santos, who is a liar (excuse me Lie-ish); so many times a reporter asked, “what’s your name today?” Mr. McCarthy has no trouble accepting things he cannot change; his problem is changing for unacceptable things.  

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  • January 4, 2023