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US Congress: The election of Kevin McCarthy was like a reality show

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A scuffle, twists and turns and wars of words: Kevin McCarthy’s path to becoming Speaker of the US House of Representatives was not easy – at best bizarre and quite humiliating.

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Only gallows humor can help. “That was easy, wasn’t it?”, when he finally had the hammer in his hand. “I never thought we would make it here.”

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Of course, it wasn’t easy, at best it was bizarre and quite humiliating. Only after the 15th attempt did the Republican cross the finish line as the new chairman of the Chamber of Congress on Saturday night (). He paid dearly for the post. It’s like putty in their hands now.

The final hours of McCarthy’s eventual triumph alone would provide enough material for a reality show, albeit of a lesser variety. They were characterized by backroom fights, scuffles, twists and turns and wars of words. And with a guest appearance by Donald Trump that almost went unseen.

Kevin McCarthy’s reality show

Election to the chair of the Chamber of Congress is usually a formality, but for McCarthy it turned out to be a fiasco. Several refused to support him for days, in order to inflate the price of their approval.

The ongoing haggling required stamina from the deputies – and nerves. Democrat Katie Porter made a somewhat subtle statement on the fourth day of the session marathon and was photographed with a book in her hand: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, which in Germany is entitled “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”. carries.

Democrat Katie Porter on the fourth day of the US House of Representatives

Other members of the Chamber of Congress, who were also waiting to be sworn in, were elected when a speaker who could have called the ranks of the House of Representatives to order had not yet been elected. At least that’s how she explained to her readers the unusual insights offered by photographers and camera teams on site.

They also managed to capture a notable cameo appearance as McCarthy’s supporters haggled for right wing support.

Republican MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, who only went over to McCarthy’s supporters’ camp after being asked by ex-President Donald Trump, raised her phone in the air. Answer: “DT” as read on the screen. It was Donald Trump on the other end of the line, .

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene

According to the New York Times, the hand trying to wipe the phone belongs to Matt Rosendale. He had initially refused to support McCarthy – the call from “DT” apparently changed that. Eye and ear witnesses told the paper that Rosendale told Taylor Greene not to put him in this situation.

However, the whole election debacle gave the impression that the ex-president no longer has his (former) protégés under control and can no longer get the spirits he called back into the bottle.

Because even in the 14th ballot, McCarthy could not gather enough MPs behind him – only one vote was missing. The nerves were visibly blank. One of his toughest opponents within the party, radical MP Matt Gaetz, abstained at the last moment. Hectic conversations began. A McCarthy confidante talked to Gaetz for several minutes. In the end, McCarthy himself went to his adversary.

The two exchanged a few words with tense faces, then McCarthy turned away. Another deputy stormed angrily at Gaetz, a party colleague can prevent worse from happening at the last moment.

Rep. Richard Hudson (L) retires Rep. Mike Rogers as they speak with Rep. Matt Gaetz and others during the 14th round of voting for the new US House Speaker

At the end of this scene, McCarthy is elected Speaker of the House of Parliament on Saturday night. And finally, hammer in hand, say, “That was easy, wasn’t it?”

Sources: , , , , with material from the DPA news agency

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