Peter Clemenza (The Godfather’s Capo) would say that the current House leadership fight, is a fight that needs to happen.
I was listening to the David Webb show this morning. Webb, as usual, brings a sense of calm under fire that helps everyone involved, analyze situations without emotions forcing irrational decisions.
As we all know, for the first time in 100 years, a shoo-in candidate for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has failed to be coronated in due course. As of Tuesday night when the House adjourned sine die, there were 20 Republicans opposing Kevin McCarthy’s promotion to the Speakership…well up from the original 5.
Supposedly at issue, was McCarthy’s refusal to make some operating concessions to that original group of 5. I think there’s more to it than that. More further down.
Predictably, the leftists, along with their media enablers pounced on this. From The Hill:
For the first time in 100 years, the contest for Speaker was not decided on the first ballot.
Now, the chamber faces an uncertain path forward, and a congressional battle from years ago — all the way back in 1856 — lends insight into how long the tug-of-war over the Speaker’s gavel may last.
Just as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was unable to secure the 218 votes needed to become Speaker, former Rep. Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts was unable to round up enough support in the 1856 contest to lead the chamber. It ended up taking two months and 133 rounds of voting to determine that contest.
As David Webb mentioned, this is probably a fight we need to have. Peter Clemenza, one of The Godfather’s Capos in the original “Godfather” movie explained it well when responding to Michael’s concern about starting a war between the mafia families:
“These Things Gotta Happen Every 5 Years Or So, 10 Years. Helps To Get Rid Of The Bad Blood.”
–Capo Peter Clemenza
Clemenza is right….we need to get rid of the bad blood…like McCarthy. Failing that, we need to make him pay a high procedural price to sit in the Big Chair. He needs to give some substantive concessions to the Freedom Caucus, especially on budget legislation and holding Federal Agencies accountable and most importantly, making the Speaker more accountable to his caucus. Sometimes that means you have to go to the mattresses.
**David Webb can be found on Channel 125, Sirius XM Radio, M-F from 9-Noon EST.
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