McCarthy’s Concessions Are Fuel for Electing More Radicals

Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“Kevin McCarthy’s ascension to Speaker of the House involved making concessions to a small but loud group that will, in the words of Rep. Matt Gaetz, put McCarthy in a ‘straitjacket.’ McCarthy’s speakership may be a personal Pyrrhic victory, but the larger problem — for those of us hoping to fight back against the radicals on the right — is that McCarthy’s compromises will hurt mainstream conservatives, while emboldening the radical Republicans and even swelling their ranks. Perhaps the most concerning act of appeasement was the deal in which the McCarthy-linked super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), agreed they ‘will not spend in any open-seat primaries in safe Republican districts’ and ‘will not grant resources to other super PACs to do so.’ Assuming McCarthy honors the spirit and the letter of this deal (we’ll see), this agreement means we can expect more Matt Gaetzes and Lauren Boeberts.” (01/10/23)