The last Democrat from the House of Representatives who wanted to help Kevin McCarthy retain the presidency if a motion to vacate is made has withdrawn his offer due to Biden’s impeachment.
If the Speaker had considered seeking help in the event of a right-wing insurrection, Representative Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, withdrew his offer to help.
Phillips said Thursday that he secured that potential lifeline after McCarthy abandoned any attempt at bipartisanship by launching the impeachment inquiry and otherwise “caving” to a small group of hardliners.
An uprising against McCarthy is brewing as the Speaker wants to pass a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. There is a hardline group of far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives who oppose any short-term funding bill, and they are threatening to fire McCarthy if he works with Democrats to pass one.
Speaker McCarthy called House Republicans together for a meeting that was supposed to be about investigations, but instead used it to talk about the government funding bill. He told his group they would not win a government shutdown they dared to fire him through a motion to evict.
The Democrats did not help McCarthy when he fought to become chairman. Rep. Phillips did have a standing offer to help McCarthy because he didn’t believe what Republicans threatened the Speaker with regarding the motion to resign, but he withdrew that offer when Kevin McCarthy caved to the far right in the election. evidence-free investigation into Biden’s impeachment.
Kevin McCarthy has no Democratic friends, and if MAGA comes for him, he’ll be on his own.