But then McCarthy feels the icy blowback from the Trump base, and from the former president himself who was enraged McCarthy then says Donald Trump can't be blamed.
But it's what she represents that makes the situation tricky – full-throated, grassroots Trumpism which is confrontational, conspiracy-laden and sometimes tinged with racial overtones.
Once upon a time a long time ago Steve King and Louis Gohmert represented the crazy stoopid i.e. the teaparty. Now a new breed of rabid Republican has joined the party.
None of us that have been watching the Republican Party evolve since Nixon are in the least bit surprised, hell you even make Dubya look good.
I predict a crazy ass GOP from here on in, until something breaks catastrophically.
The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party?
Give me a break.
You cannot fight for what you do not have.