Episode #88: Uniformity of Resistance in the Speaker Battle

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After opening the episode with a tribute to the late Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of music legend Elvis Presley, Jacob and Eric recap the dramatic and drawn-out race for Speaker of the House of Representatives. They discuss the biggest power players and key deals that were made, analyze the various policy agreements and rule changes that resulted from the conservative holdouts’ negotiations with McCarthy, and give their takes on what Speaker McCarthy’s first few actions seem to indicate for the direction of his Speakership in the years to come.

TIMESTAMPS

00:00 Intro and Tribute to Lisa Marie Presley
05:46 Recap of Eric’s Interview with the Rod Arquette Show and Episode Preview
12:40 Recap of Timeline of House Resistance to Kevin McCarthy
25:36 Democrats elect Diet Obama to lead them in the House
30:27 Battle Lines in the Conservative Movement, to McCarthy or not to McCarthy
44:20 What has the Right gained from holding up McCarthy as Speaker?

SHOWNOTES

Eric’s article at American Greatness summarizing the winners and losers of the Speaker battle: https://amgreatness.com/2023/01/12/the-winners-and-losers-of-the-speaker-battle/

Rep. Tim Burchett claims Rep. Mike Rogers was drunk when he tried to attack Gaetz: https://www.businessinsider.com/rep-burchett-redneck-rep-rogers-drinking-house-brawl-2023-1

Rep. Matt Gaetz posts an official letter calling McCarthy a “squatter” for prematurely moving into the Speaker’s office: https://twitter.com/repmattgaetz/status/1610466327726104577

Mark Levin compares the anti-McCarthy Republicans to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger: https://twitter.com/marklevinshow/status/1610377420229513216

Sean Hannity claims Ronald Reagan would’ve supported McCarthy: https://twitter.com/ColumbiaBugle/status/1610458601746993156

Rep. Lauren Boebert calls out Trump over his support for McCarthy: https://twitter.com/ivoryhecker/status/1610713176886198290

A list of the concessions that the conservatives won out of McCarthy: https://thefederalist.com/2023/01/09/in-mccarthy-negotiations-gop-landed-on-most-significant-win-for-conservatives-in-a-decade/

Rep. Dan Crenshaw denied a Committee Chairmanship that was instead given to a Freedom Caucus member: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/mark-green-beats-dan-crenshaw-race-chair-homeland-security-committee

Rep. Eric Swalwell tries to cope with being kicked off his committees by making a joke: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/eric-swalwell-reacts-to-being-kicked-off-intel-committee-the-only-person-who-supports-this-is-my-wife/

Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter introduces a bill to completely abolish the IRS: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-republicans-vote-bill-abolishing-irs-eliminating-income-tax

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