Cui Bono?

uTN Social - Free Speech Social Media

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announces the withdrawal of his nominees to serve on the special committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

In response to The Democrats Fumble on the January 6 Committee

I don’t know that I agree with Dan about the McCarthy-Pelosi brouhaha. Maybe he reads the ether differently from how I do, but I’m not sensing a whole lot of, “Man, I’ll bet Nancy Pelosi wishes she’d played that one differently!” out there.

I think Republican leader Kevin McCarthy walked his caucus into a buzzsaw. He tried and failed to install two grandstanding election truthers, Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, onto the January 6 committee. Nancy Pelosi rejected them, which was both foreseeable and, arguably, appropriate. With this shenanigan, Kevin McCarthy set Republicans up for a lose-lose proposition.



There were four possible configurations of motive when it comes to the Pelosi-McCarthy dispute. And the Republican leader’s gambit is a loser in all of them.

Scenario 1: McCarthy and Pelosi both are acting in good faith. Unlikely, sure, but let’s consider it if only as a formality. If McCarthy and Pelosi both want to get to the bottom of what exactly happened on January 6, the election-trutherism and grandstanding make that less likely to happen, and the spectacle would have proved a political embarrassment for Republicans to boot.

NR Daily is delivered right to you every afternoon. No charge.

Get Jim Geraghty’s tour of the political news of the day.

Get Kevin D. Williamson’s newsletter delivered to your inbox each Tuesday.

A weekly digest on business and economics from an NR sensibility.

Scenario 2: McCarthy and Pelosi both are acting in bad faith. Likely to be at least partly true. But, in that case, why hand Pelosi the opportunity to make credible, good-faith objections? There are dozens of boring Republican company men in the House who would have been happy to quietly derail or torpedo the proceedings, if that’s what McCarthy wants. (Why would he want that?) Instead, the ground he chose to fight on guaranteed that Pelosi had the more reasonable case — not only does she win, she deserves the win. It takes a special kind of genius to make Nancy Pelosi the more reasonable and responsible party in a political dispute.

Scenario 3: McCarthy is acting in good faith, Pelosi in bad faith. This combines the worst of scenario 1 and scenario 2: If successful in getting these guys on the committee, McCarthy would have ensured that the proceedings went nowhere, but, failing to do so, he gave Pelosi both a win and the moral high ground.


Scenario 4: McCarthy is acting in bad faith, Pelosi in good faith. In this case, McCarthy lost by putting forward two easy targets to whom Pelosi plausibly in good faith objected.

Unhappily, McCarthy is not acting as leader of the Republican caucus — he is acting as de facto leader of the election-truther caucus and the broader crackpot caucus, which for the moment punches above its weight and whose support he needs to remain secure in his position.

The problem with that approach is that with each day that goes by there is less reason to distinguish between the Republican caucus and the crackpot caucus.


An Olympic Weightlifter Speaks Out on the Participation of Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports

There are two sides to every story, and Tracey Lambrechs is here to tell the other.

Biden’s ‘Double Death Tax’

The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. The one we already have is bad enough.

American Men Suffer a Friendship Recession

American men have fewer friends than in decades past. We should dedicate time to fostering friendships. They provide an immediate and enduring reward.

Lindsey Graham Is an Idiot

Democrats are treating the infrastructure and reconciliation bills as linked, and so should Republicans and everybody else.

The Problems with Laurel Hubbard’s Qualifying for the Olympics as a Woman

The New Zealand weightlifter, who was born and competed as a male, has clear advantages over female competitors.

The Kids Are Not Alright: Chaos at the College Republican National Committee

College Republican chapters all over the country claim they are being disenfranchised by a president seeking to consolidate power.

The Latest

Mississippi’s Case against Roe

The justices may duck this argument but cannot refute it.

Pelosi Touts ‘Devout’ Catholicism and Big Family, Says Abortion about ‘Fairness’ for Poor Women

The House speaker revealed her opinion on abortion in a similar way at a June briefing.

Psaki Suggests Short-Staffed Businesses ‘Pay More Wages’ to ‘Attract Workers’

Psaki did not address the other possible culprit: the expansion and extension of unemployment benefits in many states.

John Mayer Moves Forward by Going Back

On his latest album, Sob Rock, the virtuosic singer-songwriter-guitarist finds fresh inspiration in the music of the 1980s.

Pelosi’s Capitol-Riot-Probe Power Play Saves Republicans from Themselves

The House speaker has given GOP lawmakers legitimate cause to boycott a process in which they were poised to embarrass themselves defending President Trump.

Psaki Defends Hunter Biden’s Expected Meetings with Potential Art Buyers

Hunter won’t ‘have any conversation related to the selling of art. That will be left to the gallerist,’ Psaki said.

Top Stories

Get our conservative analysis delivered right to you. No charge.

Most Popular

The Navy’s Debauchery Problem: An Enlisted Perspective

The Navy’s Debauchery Problem: An Enlisted Perspective

Senator Tom Cotton’s report on the service branch gets a lot right about the upper ranks, but the enlisted side remains in dire need of attention.

Pope Francis Takes Aim at the Latin Mass — and His Own Faithful

Pope Francis Takes Aim at the Latin Mass — and His Own Faithful

This may be the most significant act of Francis’s pontificate; and it’s nothing more than bullying iconoclasm.

The Anthony Bourdain Mystery

The Anthony Bourdain Mystery

Why did the chef and traveler kill himself? The documentary Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain suggests a less than satisfying answer.

View More

Read More Feedzy

The Foxhole App - Trusted News Podcasts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *