Friday, 03 Feb 2023

Kevin McCarthys debt ceiling standoff is yet more Republican madness | Richard Wolffe

Kevin McCarthys debt ceiling standoff is yet more Republican madness | Richard Wolffe


Kevin McCarthys debt ceiling standoff is yet more Republican madness | Richard Wolffe

Kevin McCarthy might not look stupid.

In the privacy of his home, far away from the TV cameras and the Maga bozos in his Republican caucus, he might not always sound stupid.

But the new House speaker has fully embraced the politics of stupid.

Stupid is picking a political fight you know you are going to lose. Stupid is taking the economy and the markets to the brink of debt default before caving like it's no big deal. Stupid is pretending to look tough about deficit spending after waving through every budget-busting dollar that Donald Trump wanted to spend.

Stupid is what Kevin McCarthy does. Because Kevin McCarthy was stupid enough to want the job of leading this motley crew of House Republicans in the post-Trump era.

Still, our Kevin is something of a conundrum. He is smart enough to know he's acting dumb.

After all, he was present and on the job when the House Republicans first tried to prove their macho bona fides. Back in the heady days of 2011, when the Republican party was drunk with the Tea Party, McCarthy was the House majority whip - the third in command - as they thought the unthinkable about defaulting on Treasury debt.

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