On Tuesday, Kevin McCarthy’s stint as Speaker of the House ended as it began: in abject humiliation. After less than 10 months on the job, a vote to oust him, brought on by his mortal enemy Matt Gaetz, ended in triumph.
House Democrats sided with a slim cabal of MAGA hardliners, bringing the final vote to 216 versus 210. What happens next is anybody’s guess. But for now, a lot of people, including Democrats, aren’t exactly verklempt.
McCarthy made dubious history: He’s the first Speaker to ever be removed in the 234 years the House of Representatives has existed.
There was another record McCarthy broke: He had the shortest Speaker stint since Michael C. Kerr, who served from December 1976 through August 1876, when he died of TB.
The historic moment was sealed by now-acting House Speaker Patrick McHenry, who sent McCarthy off with a very angry slamming of the gavel.
Perhaps it wasn’t wise for McCarthy to trash Democrats on Face the Nation Sunday, shortly after they helped him avert a government shutdown.
Vote to Remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House Succeeds: 216-210
“The office of Speaker of the House is hereby declared vacant” pic.twitter.com/abEGbZdCxQ
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