BOMBSHELL: House Republicans get the news theyโ€™ve been dreading

Brian Tyler Cohen
22 Mar 202405:46

Summary

TLDRIn a significant political development, Republican Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin announced his retirement from Congress, further reducing Mike Johnson's House majority to a mere single seat. This news arrives on the heels of Ken Buck's retirement, intensifying the challenges within the GOP. Gallagher's departure, driven by disillusionment with House antics, exemplifies the wider dysfunction plaguing the Republican party. Figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene capitalize on this chaos for personal brand building, undermining party unity. Gallagher's exit underscores the increasing difficulty moderate Republicans face in a landscape dominated by extremism, raising questions about the GOP's ability to govern effectively.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin and Ken Buck announce their retirement from Congress, reducing Mike Johnson's House majority to one seat.
  • ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Mike Johnson, despite his previous complaints about Ken Buck's short notice of retirement, faces another surprise exit with Gallagher's retirement.
  • ๐Ÿคฏ Gallagher's decision to retire was influenced by his disillusionment with House antics post-McCarthy's ousting as Speaker.
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ The chaotic atmosphere in the House GOP is exacerbated by figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan, benefiting their personal brands at the expense of party unity.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Marjorie Taylor Greene files a motion to vacate against Mike Johnson as a warning, due to his role in passing a budget to keep the government open.
  • ๐Ÿšจ The potential loss of the House majority to Democrats, specifically Hakim Jeffries, looms as Republicans face a narrow one-seat majority.
  • ๐Ÿ‘‹ Ken Buck and Mike Gallagher's departures signal a growing dissatisfaction within the GOP regarding its direction and governance capabilities.
  • ๐Ÿคด The focus on personal brand building over governance among some Republicans is highlighted as detrimental to the party's effectiveness.
  • ๐Ÿ“Œ The script underscores the divide within the Republican Party between moderates and extremists, with the latter gaining more influence.
  • ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ The closing call to action emphasizes the importance of supporting progressive media to amplify the discussed issues.

Q & A

  • Why did Mike Gallagher announce his retirement from Congress?

    -Mike Gallagher announced his retirement due to major blowback for refusing to vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas and his long-standing disillusionment with the antics of the House after McCarthy was ousted as Speaker.

  • What was the impact of Gallagher's retirement on Mike Johnson's House majority?

    -Gallagher's retirement reduced Mike Johnson's House majority to a single seat, exacerbating the fragility of the Republican hold on the House.

  • What did Mike Johnson say about Ken Buck's retirement notice?

    -Mike Johnson complained that Ken Buck had only given him half an hour's notice of his retirement, expressing frustration with the lack of notice.

  • How do figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert contribute to the Republican Party according to the script?

    -Figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are portrayed as purveyors of dysfunction, thriving on chaos for personal brand building, which ultimately harms the GOP by putting it in disarray.

  • What was Marjorie Taylor Greene's rationale for filing a motion to vacate against Mike Johnson?

    -Marjorie Taylor Greene filed the motion as a warning and a metaphorical 'pink slip' because she believed Mike Johnson stood with Democrats by passing a budget to keep the government open, which she opposed.

  • Why did Mike Gallagher feel jaded by the House's antics?

    -Gallagher felt jaded due to the continuous chaos and dysfunction within the House, particularly after Kevin McCarthy was ousted as Speaker, which diminished his desire to continue serving.

  • What does the script suggest is the recurring theme in today's Republican Party?

    -The script suggests that the recurring theme is the prevalence of dysfunction and chaos, often instigated by its own members for personal gain, damaging the party's unity and effectiveness.

  • How does the script characterize the impact of chaos agents within the GOP?

    -Chaos agents within the GOP, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, are seen as detrimental, prioritizing personal attention and brand building over party unity and governance, leading to internal conflict.

  • What are the implications of Republicans not having their full conference for a potential motion to vacate vote?

    -If Republicans do not have their full conference for a motion to vacate vote, they risk losing the speakership, further indicating the level of dysfunction within the party.

  • According to the script, what is the perception of the Republican Party's ability to govern?

    -The script implies that even Republican lawmakers are conceding that their party struggles with governance, lacking the ability to pass legislation, lower costs, or effectively serve the public interest.

Outlines

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๐ŸŒช๏ธ GOP's House Majority in Jeopardy: Retirements and Internal Struggles

The script discusses the political turmoil within the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. It highlights the announcement of Republican Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin's retirement, following Congressman Ken Buck's earlier retirement, which significantly weakens the GOP's majority. The narrative focuses on the dissatisfaction within the party, exemplified by Mike Johnson's earlier complaint about Ken Buck's short notice of retirement and the subsequent impact on the party's stability. The script also touches on the role of chaos agents within the party, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, who benefit from the disorder for personal brand building and fundraising, at the expense of the party's collective interests. The potential consequences of these internal conflicts, including the risk of losing the speakership, are also mentioned, emphasizing the broader dysfunction within the Republican Party and its impact on governance and legislative progress.

05:01

๐Ÿ“ข Call to Action: The Role of Voters in Addressing Party Dysfunction

This paragraph shifts focus from the internal dynamics of the Republican Party to the role of voters in the upcoming elections. It warns that the extremists within the party, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, are becoming more emboldened rather than the moderates. The script urges viewers to remember the stark differences between Democrats and the likes of Greene when casting their votes in November. It also makes a direct appeal for support by asking viewers to subscribe to the channel to help spread the message and strengthen the progressive media ecosystem. The speaker clarifies that they do not seek monetary donations or sponsorships, emphasizing the importance of่ฎข้˜… (subscriptions) to amplify their reach and influence.

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Keywords

๐Ÿ’กMike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is mentioned as a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin who has announced his retirement from Congress. His decision to retire is notable because it directly impacts the Republican majority in the House, reducing it to a single seat. Gallagher's retirement is part of a broader narrative of unrest and dissatisfaction within the Republican Party, as highlighted by his discontent with the antics of the House after Kevin McCarthy was ousted as Speaker.

๐Ÿ’กKen Buck

Ken Buck is another Republican Congressman whose retirement is mentioned in the transcript. His decision to retire on the same day as Mike Gallagher underscores a growing trend of departures from Congress among Republicans. The script uses Buck's retirement to exemplify the sudden and unexpected nature of these departures, which have significant implications for the party's hold on the House majority.

๐Ÿ’กHouse GOP

The House GOP, or House Republican Party, is a central theme in the transcript, which discusses the challenges and internal conflicts it faces. The retirements of key members, including Mike Gallagher and Ken Buck, are portrayed as symptoms of a larger issue of dysfunction and chaos within the party. This turmoil is attributed to the actions of certain members who prioritize personal brand over party cohesion, ultimately threatening the party's majority and effectiveness in governance.

๐Ÿ’กMike Johnson

Mike Johnson is mentioned as the individual whose House majority is jeopardized by Gallagher's retirement, bringing it down to a single seat. He is criticized for his inability to predict or manage the spate of retirements within his party, highlighting a perceived weakness in leadership and strategic foresight within the House GOP.

๐Ÿ’กMarjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene is depicted as a 'chaos agent' within the Republican Party, whose actions contribute significantly to the internal strife and dysfunction. The transcript describes her filing a motion to vacate against Mike Johnson as an example of her disruptive influence. Greene's motivations are presented as selfish, aimed at building her personal brand and media presence at the expense of party unity and effective governance.

๐Ÿ’กMotion to Vacate

The 'motion to vacate' is a procedural move in the House of Representatives that allows for the removal of the Speaker of the House. Marjorie Taylor Greene's filing of such a motion against Mike Johnson is a focal point of the script, representing a significant threat to his leadership. This action is framed as emblematic of the broader chaos and division within the House GOP, further endangering their slim majority.

๐Ÿ’กAlejandra Mayorkas

Alejandra Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, is mentioned in context with Mike Gallagher's decision not to vote for his impeachment. This decision is highlighted as a contributing factor to Gallagher's major blowback from his party and his eventual decision to retire. The mention of Mayorkas serves to illustrate the political pressures and divisions within the Republican Party over key issues and decisions.

๐Ÿ’กSpeaker of the House

The role of Speaker of the House is central to the governance and leadership structure within the U.S. House of Representatives. The transcript discusses the turmoil and challenges in selecting and maintaining a Speaker amidst internal party conflicts, specifically highlighting the motion to vacate filed against Mike Johnson and the broader implications of leadership instability for the Republican Party's effectiveness and unity.

๐Ÿ’กGovernment Shutdown

The government shutdown is mentioned as a critical issue that Mike Johnson chose to avoid by passing a budget, a decision that Marjorie Taylor Greene found objectionable. This highlights the divisions within the Republican Party over how to approach governance and fiscal responsibility, with some members willing to risk a shutdown to advance their agendas, while others prioritize keeping the government operational.

๐Ÿ’กRepublican Majority

The Republican majority in the House is a recurring theme, emphasizing its fragility due to internal divisions and the retirements of key members. The transcript discusses how actions by certain Republicans, especially those instigating chaos, threaten this majority. It illustrates the broader implications of these internal conflicts on the party's ability to govern and maintain control over the House.

Highlights

Republican Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin announces retirement, further narrowing GOP's House majority.

Ken Buck's retirement announcement coincides with Gallagher's, posing challenges for Mike Johnson's majority.

Mike Johnson's prediction abilities questioned after unexpected GOP retirements.

Gallagher's refusal to vote for impeaching Homeland Security Secretary contributes to decision to not seek re-election.

GOP faces turmoil as members like Gallagher retire early, citing dissatisfaction with House antics.

Chaos in GOP seen as beneficial for figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene, contributing to party's broader issues.

Greene's actions, including filing a motion to vacate, highlight the strategic use of chaos for personal branding within the GOP.

Greene's warning with the motion to vacate seen as a power move within the Republican Party.

Mike Johnson criticized for passing a budget to avoid government shutdown, seen as betrayal by extremists like Greene.

GOP's narrow majority risks losing speakership, illustrating internal conflicts and challenges.

Gallagher's retirement seen as direct consequence of GOP dysfunction and internal conflicts.

GOP lawmakers leaving due to party's inability to effectively govern and wield power.

Extremists within GOP, not moderates, are emboldened in current political climate, shaping party dynamics.

Voter choices influenced by GOP's internal struggles and the rise of extremist figures.

Call to action for progressive media ecosystem growth, emphasizing the importance of public engagement and awareness.

Transcripts

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in a stunning move yet another house

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Republican Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin

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just announced that he's retiring from

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Congress the move comes on the day that

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Republican Congressman Ken Buck is

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retiring the move by Gallagher will sink

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Mike Johnson's house majority to one

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single seat how is that for Disaster by

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today's House GOP the irony of all of

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this only one week ago Mike Johnson was

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complaining that Ken Buck had only given

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him half an hour's notice of his own

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retirement quote lots of notice 30

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minutes yeah before continuing on and

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saying I think I hope and I believe that

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that's the end of the exits for now and

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look I'm not going to tell the

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Republican speaker how to do his job but

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perhaps Mike Johnson should avoid the

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prediction game the Wisconsin Republican

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had already announced that he wouldn't

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seek re-election after he contended with

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major blowback for refusing to vote to

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impeach Homeland Security secretary

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Alejandra maoris but what Republicans

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didn't expect was that he would actually

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bail on the full term and instead retire

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just a few weeks from now according to

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Gallagher he was long Jaded by the

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antics of the house after McCarthy was

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ousted as Speaker in other words while

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the chaos may help chaos agents like

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Maru tayor green and Lauren bobbert and

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Matt Gates and Jim Jordan it's only

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hurting the GOP more broadly and yet

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that's become a recurring theme in

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today's Republican party the purveyors

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of dysfunction regularly throw their own

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party into chaos because it benefits

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them specifically the Marg teller greens

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of the party want the chaos because it

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builds up their brand they get on TV

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they get on the internet they get clicks

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they can send emails and fundraise off

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it they get attention and in an

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attention economy that's all they want

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they don't care if they have to burn

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down their own party their own

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government their own democracy to get it

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and speaking of attention that's exactly

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what green got today when she did this I

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filed the motion to vacate today but

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it's more of a warning and a pink slip I

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respect our conference I've paid all my

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dues to my conference I'm a member in

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good standing and I do not wish to

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inflict pain on our conference and to

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throw throw the house in chaos but this

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is basically a warning and it's time for

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us to go through through the process

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take our time and find a new speaker of

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the house that will stand with

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Republicans and our Republican majority

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instead of standing with the

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Democrats that that is a warning if it's

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a warning if it's if it's if if it's a

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warning does that mean that you're

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actually not going to go through and

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force this vote no I I will I'm just

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there's nothing that can convince you to

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to back off we there's not a time limit

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on this it doesn't have to be forced and

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throw the house into chaos I don't want

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to put any of our members in a in a

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difficult place like we were for 3 and

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A2 weeks we're going to continue our

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committee work we're going to continue

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our investigations there's a lot of good

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investigations going that have to be

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able to proceed um and the American

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people deserve that but I'm not saying

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that it won't happen in two weeks or it

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won't happen in a month or or who knows

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when but I am saying the clock has

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started it's time for our conference to

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choose a new speaker do you believe do

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you believe things do you believe that

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there are more Republicans who support

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this push and ultimately if this does

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get filed it could lead to exactly what

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you're saying more chaos more paralysis

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does the house Republican uh conference

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want to move forward with that the it's

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filed but it it's not voted on it only

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voted on until I call it to the floor

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for a vote that was green introducing a

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motion to vacate against Mike Johnson

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why because he committed the cardinal

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sin of passing a budget to keep the

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government open that's it Mike Johnson

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saw the virtue and not C ing our economy

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and shutting down essential services and

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sending millions of Americans home

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without paychecks and all of that was a

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bridge too far from Maru till green the

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problem is that now with fewer and fewer

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Republicans actually in the house we may

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soon be in a situation where with only a

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one seat majority if Republicans don't

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have their full conference for a

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potential motion to vacate vote they

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could actually lose the speakership to

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Hakim jeff which I suppose is exactly

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the level of dysfunction that would make

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sense for today's GOP and let's be clear

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this is the exact dysfunction that

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caused Mike Gallagher to quit in the

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first place I mean talk about cause and

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effect you could not have a clear

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indication of why the House gop's

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Majority is flailing than this exact

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shenanigan that someone like green is

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pulling right now so if someone like

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green is wondering why Republicans will

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have less and less power moving forward

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she might want to consult a mirror in

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the meantime I hope that the American

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people are watching this and taking the

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lesson out of it that's becoming clear

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as day even Republican lawmakers are

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conceding that their party does not know

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how to wield power does not know how to

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govern they are leaving because there is

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no point to being there unless you're

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trying to build your social media

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following like green or Gates then there

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are no laws getting passed there are no

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bills advancing they're not lowering

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costs or making healthc care more

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affordable or creating jobs it's just a

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few lunatics demanding attention for

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their own personal brand building

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purposes it is the Marg teller green

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show so frankly it's no wonder that no

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one else wants to be a part of it as for

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the rest of us as we see people like Ken

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buck and Mike Gallagher Run for the

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Hills remember that if Republicans are

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in the majority next cycle it is the

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Margie Hiller greens of the party who

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actually get emboldened not the elusive

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moderates but the extremists so when you

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cast your ballots in November remember

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that there's the Democrats and then

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there's Margie tillig green and there's

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nothing in

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