There’s much discussion of would-be House Speaker and 10-time failure Kevin McCarthy reaching a deal with is opposition—not to actually win, mind you, but to lose by less. Also to get some people to vote “present.” They’ve got to be careful there, because of the planned absences among Republicans (as many as three). It could end in the inadvertent election of the guy who’s won the popular vote 10 times now, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries. Follow along with us here to see what happens next. Probably just another failed vote, but you never know.
And everybody is going to go home, to return tomorrow noon for the 12th vote and the fire sale of all of McCarthy’s worldly goods to the maniacs.
So who knows what Gaetz was doing with all that running back and forth. Anyway, the Rs are sticking together and the Ds are sticking together and it looks like they’re going home shortly.
Democrats are more efficient voters. I guess they have to be.
The Dems give a very sustained vocal no. Chair rules for the noes, a 15 minute recorded vote is ordered.
Scalise moves for adjournment.
Ok, a really suspenseful moment after a tedious day, a probable motion to adjourn.
About that deal, the whole shebang would go to the Freedom Caucus, or at least everything that matters at all.
It’s all pretty confusing, but fwiw:
They had better not be trying to get a recess to cut this deal. Either they vote again or everyone goes home for the night. (Are we getting tired of this? Just a little.)
Gaetz still going back and froth between the maniacs and the Democrats and the Democratic crew gathered around Neguse, Clark, and Jeffries keeps growing.
Sherman with Punchbowl says there’s a deal, and “pushing to elect a speaker tonight, per sources involved in the talks.” Gaetz has been in discussion with Democratic leaders, who are now in deep discussion.
Gaetz seen conferring with Democrats. They could be talking about if they’ll allow an adjournment tonight.
He still doesn’t have enough votes to get an adjournment, so McCarthy’s self-inflicted humiliation seem likely to go on tonight.
This vote doesn’t seem to be promising anything new for McCarthy, but dinner was just delivered to the office he’s squatting in, folks in the Capitol report. That suggests they’re planing to be there for a while.
That’s six and another vote lost for McCarthy.
OF COURSE HE WANTS MORE. That’s what happens when you negotiate with terrorists.
Ok, finally got there. Hern. Who keeps voting for McCarthy.
He still hasn’t said who he is nominating. Maybe himself?
Good still hasn’t said who he’s nominating.
“Please clap.” LOL
And now it’s Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) who is speechifying while forgetting to say who he is nominating.
Yes, Gaetz has a lot of interest in criminal justice reform.
Gawd, they’re inflicting us with Gaetz and Trump again.
That there is an 11th vote tonight means that there aren’t enough McCarthy foes ready to help them adjourn . . . yet. But there is still deal making in the works. So far it’s a deal that has McCarthy losing by fewer votes, but still losing.
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) nominates Jeffries.
I love how they’re trying to rewrite the history of this fiasco as they go. It’s a glorious example of democracy in action and it’s been led by the “center left.” That’s what Hill actually just said. What goes on in those people’s heads.
Ok, new rule (I know, there are no rules): 2 minute limit to nomination speeches.
He’s definitely going for number 11. Rep. French Hill (R-AR) doing the McCarthy nomination honors this time. Cut spending, blah blah blah
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