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Well, well, now, who will garner a majority of the votes in the House of Representatives? Some say the majority count is 218 of the total seats. This means the GOP hopeful cannot lose too many of his own party to reach that Majority. There are a total of 435 members. Currently there are 247 GOP, and 188 Socialist/Democrats. Of the GOP there are around 45 who consider themselves conservative stoppers. They call themselves the “House Freedom Caucus”. Some very understanding and cooperative Republicans, not a part of the group, call them “A_ _ holes.” Fortunately their stupidity is limited. You see if this caucus votes “no” that would leave only 202 Republicans to vote yes. That is not enough to elect a Speaker. The Democrat/Socialist vote as a block, so do not count on them. They are lost.
The above is the mathematical reason Speaker John Boehner said he would resign. The above is also the reason Kevin McCarthy said he is not the man for the job. The Freedom Caucus told him, no more marshmallows. This election process is not for the public. It is for the members of the house and that means a lot of talking, arm twisting, and promises. A major problem for Kevin McCarthy, other than his rooting for the establishment is and was his name. It is subtle but a factor never the less. Charlie McCarthy and his sidekick Edgar is the humorous side, and a positive. The latent negative side is Joseph McCarthy. Most of you do not recall this man, but you should. To liberals and conservatives who know their history this name brings deep rumblings, like a point 8 earthquake.
Joseph McCarthy was a Senator from Wisconsin. Interesting that Paul Ryan is also from that State. Joseph died at age 48, of a failed liver. The cause depends on who you are. If you are a liberal you will conclude it was because he was a drunk. A conservative will say it was because he contacted Hepatitis, just like the death certificate says. Besides 48 is pretty young for a closet alcoholic to die because of the bubbly. Joe died in 1957. Truman left the office in 1953. Rooster was an officer in the Army at the time, and remembers the events like yesterday.
Joseph McCarthy and his committee, the “Senate Committee on Governmental Operations” began the investigation of Communists infiltrating the Federal Government, especially the Executive branch. The President was Truman, who had inherited many of FDR’s appointees. Joe was a lawyer and conducted himself more like a prosecutor than an investigator. Moreover he was a vet of World War 2 having served as a Marine. Point is he did not consider himself a marshmallow. He served as an officer in the Pacific working in the intelligence sector. This was in cooperation with the Army Air Corps. He received the Distinguished Flying Metal. Most important was his exposure to the intelligence gathering side of things. He did not like what he saw in the Executive Branch. When you read anything about him you must try to figure out the political leanings of the writer. If it is a liberal it is very easy to identify the bias.
Liberals grew to hate and fear this man, like no one else. Well maybe, Nixon. One of his assistant Counsel on the committee was Robert F. Kennedy. The Kennedy family, fellow Catholics, supported Joe. JFK who served with him in the Senate did not join the Democrat hate squads. The attacks on him were personal and had little to do with truth or evidence. The left attacked him, and still attack him with a viciousness only they can possess. It defies common sense. Many, more detached, historians, especially with the release of so much classified material, have concluded that his search was justified. FDR had put aboard his crew many folks who believed in Communism. Truman did little to rid himself of them. This liberal hate of the McCarthy name is still very much alive and well. Of Course most of the haters have never studied Joes work or the latter findings of so many bad guys in high places.
Without dwelling more on the subject, it simply is true. The name McCarthy would not bid well in attempting to obtain Democrat assistance. The legacy of hate is deep and will not be undone by a new face. Whoever is picked must be one that is pretty well removed from such a legacy. It is up to the House. We shall see.
PROTEST: FLY THE BETSY ROSS FLAG. It is the one flag where all the States supported the Constitution.
Rooster Bradford, gives up all rights to this article and seeks no compensation for its use. 2015
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