Last night, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney swatted down a leadership challenge led by Matt Gaetz and those Freedom Caucus loons Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs. After a massive campaign by the Trumpiest wing of the party, it wasn't even close. On a secret ballot, the caucus voted 145 to 61 to keep the number three Republican in her position despite her support for Trump's impeachment.

You come at the king, you best not miss.

Yes, king, because this is an even bigger win for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy than it is for Liz Cheney.

Punch Bowl reports that McCarthy gave an impassioned speech to his members backing his lieutenant. "You elected me leader. Let me lead. We didn't lose one seat. Let me have my team, and we'll win the majority," he said before the ballot, pointing out that he'd given Rep. Jim Jordan the top spot on the Oversight Committee.


This was a reference lost on nobody in that room, since Jordan blocked McCarthy getting the leadership spot in 2015 and lost a challenge for the position in 2018. But McCarthy keeps his friends close, and his enemies closer — either that or he's a spineless jellyfish who can't say no. Guess the answer depends on whether you think Republicans picked up seats in the House due to McCarthy's capable leadership or the fact that Trump, the greatest turnout machine in history, was on the ballot. (Anyone remember what happened in the 2018 midterms?)

In any case, McCarthy managed to hold his caucus together last night, splitting the baby on Cheney and Mad Marge, in the face of yet another onslaught from the Trumphumpers.

"Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda. House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair," Gaetz tweeted in July, castigating Cheney for her criticism of the Dear Leader's handling of the coronavirus. "Liz Cheney should step down or be removed."

"We already have one Mitt Romney, we don't need another... we also don't need the endless wars she advocates for," DJ chimed in.

"I look forward to hearing your comments about being a team player when we're back in the majority," Cheney said during the summer's "family" meeting where the douchebros in her caucus lined up to take potshots at her.

Yesterday Gaetz, who actually went to Wyoming last week to campaign against Cheney (and raise his own Trumpworld profile, obvs), was sure his power play would work.

"My concern is that though today, we have the votes to remove Liz Cheney, that somehow the establishment's going to find a way to, you know kick the question, avoid a vote," the whip count whippersnapper told a recently pardoned Steve Bannon.

"What do you mean by that?" asked the border wall scammer. "You've got the votes to remove her right now, right?"

"You and I both know that, like, the establishment can win with less votes, right? Because they are masters of the process. They're established for a reason, and they're good at it," Gaetz assured Bannon's credulous viewers, affirming for them once again that they are the real victims here, always the majority despite never winning the most votes, thanks to some nebulous, unnamed enemy "they."

And then he went out and got his ass kicked by Liz Cheney and Kevin McCarthy. Womp womp.

But the boy wonder was not deterred!

"Tonight the Republicans decided to keep Liz Cheney. Tomorrow the Democrats will boot Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees. I think both decisions reinforce the power of Washington," he told Sean Hannity. "And it only encourages me to try to go out in America and get people focused on the changes we need to make in both parties so that the voters are respected."

Because if there's one thing the GOP cares about, it's respecting the voters.

In summary and in conclusion, DEMS IN DISARRAY! PANIC, PANIC, BLUE TEAM! The end.

[Politico / Politico]

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