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Something happened today in Congress, via Twitter:


Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat
BREAKING: After Kevin McCarthy withdraws from Speaker race, Republicans give up on governing and disband Congress until 2017. 1:45 PM – 8 Oct 2015


D Wasserman Schultz ‏@DWStweets
McCarthy’s announcement is proof positive of Republican disarray at every level as Tea Party extremism takes control of the House GOP. 12:31 PM – 8 Oct 2015

“Takes?” That happened quite a while long time ago.


Jennifer Hayden ‏@Scout_Finch
GOP picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. [….] 3:34 PM – 8 Oct 2015


Jesse Lee ‏@jesseclee44
The years of pundit debate over who was at fault for bipartisan agreements being near-impossible seem rather quaint right now. 6:00 PM – 8 Oct 2015

Yeah, I bet all the folks who elbow each other to get those invitations to the inside the beltway conventional wisdom cocktail weenie circuit parties are red faced right now.


Mark Takano ‏@RepMarkTakano
It seems like we’re having a hard time finding the next Speaker, so I created a Craigslist ad to boost our search. [….] 3:55 PM – 8 Oct 2015

Also, a grifter, working the long con:

October 08, 2015, 05:27 pm
Gingrich open to return to Speakership
By Bradford Richardson

Newt Gingrich said he would consider taking up the Speaker’s gavel again if called upon to by House Republicans.

The former Speaker initially denied any interest in a return to Congress, but when pressed in an interview with radio show host Sean Hannity on Thursday, admitted he would consider it if he had the votes….

My take on it:


Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
[insert your deity here] doesn’t love Show Me Progress enough to make Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) Speaker. Just the run on our archives alone… 4:54 PM – 8 Oct 2015

Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?