So Kevin McCarthy is Speaker, finally! So the drama and chaos are over with, and the house will be led with quiet competence and a steady hand. So they all lived happily ever after. Just kidding. If you thought the other night was crazy, I’ve got news. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
For there are enemies in the house. One can never live happily ever after with enemies lurking in the shadows. Poor Kevin! Poor, poor little Kevin McCarthy! He has no idea what is waiting for him in the parlor now, does he?
He has no idea of the malevolent plans his enemies have for him. The enemies are the freedom caucus – and they have big plans for Kevin. According to multiple reports, the freedom caucus plan to hold Kevin’s feet to the fire. Many of them are still angry and resentful, and even though Kevin squeaked out a win, many will continue to undermine him as House Speaker.
Burn it all down. That’s their mantra. In the meantime, people are betting on how long McCarthy will actually survive as House Speaker. Many feel he will not last the year. I, too, share this sentiment. The thing is, Kevin McCarthy is not liked. He never has been.
The only reason he got the House Speaker’s job, in my opinion, is because few others wanted it. If some had stepped forward, I’ve no doubt Kevin would have lost the 15th vote as well.
So no, this is not a family united. This is a family divided. They’re divided because they’re agents of chaos being led by someone who is utterly despised. There will be much trickery in the months ahead. People will attempt to undermine Kevin, and they may succeed. And they will all live unhappily ever after.