Kevin McCarthy nominated House Republican leader, but will GOP members unify behind him?


In a secret ballot among Republican U.S. House members, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, Calif. has overwhelmingly won the Republican nomination for speaker, according to those who were in the room and spoke anonymously. But he was not without challenges from the right wing of the Republican Party and he has yet to secure the speaker’s job; that vote will be taken in January on the floor of the House.

McCarthy, a fourth-generation resident of Kern County and son of a firefighter, won 188-31 against a challenge from Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona. When the House gavels in in January, McCarthy will need almost all Republican votes to become speaker, and it’s unclear if the right wing Freedom Caucus members will cooperate, or hand the gavel back to Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Biggs, a former chair of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Monday that he would run against McCarthy, but admitted his chances of winning were “tough.” And even some Freedom Caucus members recognized the danger of splintering.

“If we don’t unify behind Kevin McCarthy, we’re opening up the door for the Democrats to be able to recruit some of our Republicans,” Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told reporters.

Other House Republican roles that were voted on include Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was elected without opposition to become House majority leader. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota beat two challengers to be the House majority whip.

With several races around the country still uncalled, Republicans are on the verge of taking 218 seats. Democrats have 205 seats, and about 12 are still not called, including Alaska’s House seat, which appears to be going to the Democrats and will likely be in the minority for the next two years.

In the Senate, Alaska will also be in the minority due to the 51 seats won by Democrats this cycle.

Republicans will have to count on no defections to the Democrat caucus and no splintering by the Freedom Caucus in order to keep the House.


  1. More importantly, what does our Representative elect Queen Sarah think of this?

    Isn’t that role hers by divine right?

  2. I said it two years ago.
    I said it again six months ago.
    I’ll say it again today.
    McCarthy has the largest legal defense fund.
    Even MTG nominated him.
    Hold that Rino talk at least until we take power again. We must unify.
    I said the same thing before the election and now we have peltola. Good job…. good stinking job.

  3. Absolutely hilarious. There is no cavalry coming R’s. I do not say that with joy or glee Want a leader? Be your own leader. Create a parallel structure. What is that? Do the reading.

    “The parallel society began in spontaneous acts of mutual self-defense in different parts of society. Those who take part are active people who can no longer stand to look passively at the general decay… rigidity, bureaucracy, and suffocation of every living idea or sign of movement in the official sphere. And because these people sooner or later recognized that efforts to bring about the slightest improvements in the official sphere were exercises in futility, it was only a matter of time before they said: Why not invest our talents, abilities, goodwill, and enthusiasm into something that no one will be able to corrupt, that we will be able to decide about ourselves in the end.”
    ~ Ivan Jirous, Parallel Polis: An Inquiry

  4. Pelosi had the Squad, McCarthy will have the Freedom Caucus + Un-elected Sarah Palin to navigate. With Donald Trump throwing insults and baseless accusations and defending lawsuits, the next two year will be interesting

  5. This is why the Establishment Republicans are doomed! This uniparty leadership is corrupt-not what MAGA will support, and probably not legally elected-when media calls the election-more corruption does nothing to solve problems

    • The media may call the races, but they are only projecting the winner. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX, none of these media companies are deciding who the winner is, that is up to each state’s or county’s division of elections.

      The actual winner is not decided until the results are certified by each state or county. This usually occurs either the last week of November or the first week of December.

  6. 51 seats? Right now (Wednesday morning) Fox News is reporting that the democrats have 50 seats to 49 for republicans, with Georgia headed to a runoff election.

    At this point, it may seem less important whether or not Herschel Walker wins Georgia, but if the democrats are again held to a 50-50 tie, then moderates like Joe Manchin or Kristen Sinema can still restrain Schumer from going off the deep end. It would also give kamala something to do, since she obviously doesn’t want to work on the border issue.

  7. The swamp creatures vote for status quo! McCarthy has zero backbone to go after the corruption in the Biden Administration, FBI and DOJ. He will protect the swamp establishment and do nothing to protect the integrity of our elections. I predict more lies to the American people and a coverup of biblical proportions. McCarthy and his ilk have no integrity or will to protect the Constitution from its continual erosion. Very sad day for the people’s house!


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