Episode #87: Mr. Pinocchio goes to Washington

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In the first episode of 2023, Jacob and Eric preview the upcoming race for Speaker of the House of Representatives, and whether or not hopeful Speaker Kevin McCarthy could actually prove a useful ally to the far-right once in power. For the main topic, they roast incoming Congressman George Santos of New York’s 3rd district, who was exposed by the New York Times as a habitual liar who has fabricated everything about his life, from his race, family, and education to his occupation, residence, and criminal record.


00:00 Intro and Preview
04:02 Is Kevin McCarthy in Danger of Losing the Speakership?
08:22 Scalise on Standby?
09:47 The Strongest Case for McCarthy
18:23 The Strongest Case for Scalise
23:03 Main Topic: Maybe not Jew-ish but definitely Gay
56:30 How have prominent House Republicans responded to Santos?


President Trump endorses Kevin McCarthy for Speaker: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/12/16/exclusive-trump-backs-mccarthy-speaker-tells-opponents-stand-down-think-deserves-shot/

Some Republicans approached Steve Scalise to prepare him for a McCarthy withdrawal: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/scalise-privately-prepped-to-become-speaker

The strange rumored affair between McCarthy and another congresswoman that derailed his 2015 bid for Speaker: https://www.vox.com/2015/10/9/9488323/mccarthy-ellmers-affair

Steve Scalise understands the core issues that the base cares about, like immigration: https://twitter.com/SteveScalise/status/1104099374873935875

Tulsi Gabbard demolishes George Santos over his long list of lies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3sC1Ha2JwU

The role of the Santos scandal in the Speakership race: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/28/george-santos-kevin-mccarthy-house-speaker-00075706

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bizarre defenses of Santos, from blaming the Democrats to identity politics: https://twitter.com/RepMTG/status/1607799177689575425

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