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Kevin McCarthy has just lost the 11th round trying to be speaker. And it’s funny how we’re supposed to feel about this. We’re all supposed to be highly upset, outraged, appalled, on the verge of tears about the fact that some of his colleagues are trying to make it hard for Kevin McCarthy to become the speaker of the House. Very upset.
But why exactly is it so upsetting? It should be hard to become speaker of the House in this country. Very hard. It’s a big job. It’s one of those powerful jobs in the world. It’s not one of those positions you give to elderly men who’ve campaigned from their basement.
If you want to be the guy who’s second in line from the presidency in America, you’ve got to work for it. And Kevin McCarthy certainly has worked for it this week, whatever you think of him. You get the feeling McCarthy would crawl naked through a sewer to get this gig. And that’s not necessarily an insult, by the way. It’s what it takes, obviously. Maybe it’s what it should take.
So if you take a deep breath and you think