It’s been a whirlwind in Washington, and it would seem that McCarthy is getting some revenge.
The House GOP’s majority has officially narrowed down to just three seats. This major shift comes in the wake of Kevin McCarthy’s resignation. Now, if you’ve been following the news, you know McCarthy was a key figure in Congress. His departure marks a pivotal moment, and it’s got everyone talking.
Kevin McCarthy, once the House Speaker, has stepped away from his role and, in doing so, has left the House with a total of 433 members. This change occurred during a pro-forma session, making it official.
But here’s where it gets really interesting. With McCarthy’s exit, the Republican party holds 220 seats, while the Democrats control 213. It’s a tightrope situation for the Republicans under the new leadership of Speaker Mike Johnson from Louisiana.
Just three defectors in the GOP could tip the scales on key votes if the Democrats stand united. That’s a delicate balance for Speaker Johnson to maintain.
Adding to the drama, we’ve seen the departure of New York’s GOP Representative George Santos amid controversy, further complicating the Republican scenario.
Now, what does this mean for the future? Well, it’s all eyes on the upcoming special election. Set for February 13, 2024, this election will fill Santos’ vacant seat in New York’s Third Congressional District. If this seat flips to the Democrats, the GOP’s slim majority could get even slimmer.
And amidst all this, Kevin McCarthy’s final words as he exited were pretty powerful. He said, and I quote, ‘History will judge us all.’ That’s a profound statement, especially in the context of these political shifts.
What history is going to judge is how voters gave the House to the GOP and they still screwed it up.
As the son of a firefighter from Bakersfield, my story is the story of America. For me, every moment came with a great deal of devotion and responsibility.
Serving you in Congress and as the 55th Speaker of the House has been my greatest honor. pic.twitter.com/jNnYQ8UO4k
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) December 6, 2023