It wasn’t long ago that the GOP was a very disciplined party that marched in lockstep with their leader, Donald J. Trump. Those days appear to be over. These days, GOP leaders are openly feuding with each other, making threats, and splitting in ways that would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago.
In the House of Representatives, longtime allies Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene are having a Twitter feud. The fighting is over Boebert allegedly “refusing” to endorse Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. Greene feels that Boebert is “biting the hand that feeds her.” Boebert, who barely survived her last election by a mere 500 or so votes, doesn’t seem eager to board the McCarthy train.
The feud spilled out into the public arena when Boebert took aim at MTG:
“I’ve aligned with Marjorie and been accused of believing a lot of the things that she believes in,” said Boebert. “I don’t believe in [summarily electing McCarthy], just as I don’t believe in Russian space lasers, Jewish space lasers, all of it, no.”
Boebert was referring to Greene’s theories on social media that she shared suggesting that space lasers funded by the Rothschilds were responsible for setting wildfires in the Western United States.
An obviously enraged MTG shortly took to Twitter to attack Boebert:
“I’ve supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. President Trump has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. Kevin McCarthy has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. She just barely came through by 500 votes,” wrote Greene. “She gladly takes our $$ but when she’s been asked: Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite … Americans expect conservative fighters like us to work together to Save America and that is the only mission I’m 100% devoted to, not high school drama and media sound bites.”
The next day, MTG expanded her attack with a 25 part Twitter rant aimed at more members of the House who aren’t sold on McCarthy becoming leader. Here are some highlights:
“I’m disappointed my friends would mislead the base and that’s a big reason why I’m speaking out,” she wrote. “My friends know this and risking the gavel & delaying everything just bc they don’t like someone is not only selfish, it’s incredibly reckless and dangerous.”
“Now we have a new Never movement growing, the Never Kevin movement,” she lamented. “Just like Never Trump, the Never Kevin’s [sic] are Never Kevin because they just don’t like him.”
“It’s time for my friends in the Never Kevin Caucus to stop lying to the base just bc they don’t like Kevin McCarthy,” Greene concluded. “They do not have a plan and there is no consensus candidate. Sabotaging the country for personal reasons is not brave or righteous, it’s selfish and foolish.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy himself is threatening his own party members in the other chamber of Congress, The Senate. This as his own rise to the Speakership remains in question as several of his members refuse to sign on to anointing him their leader in the House.
McCarthy retweeted and announced his full support of a letter sent from GOP whip, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), to their Republican Senate colleagues. The letter informed them that “The American People did not elect us — any of us — to continue the status quo in Washington, as this bill will undoubtedly do,” the letter says. It was sent before the omnibus spending bill details were released, so the House Republicans don’t even know what’s in the bill.
“Further, we are obligated to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those Senators who vote for this bill — including the Republican leader. We will oppose any rule, any consent request, suspension voice vote, or roll call vote of any such Senate bill, and will otherwise do everything in our power to thwart even the smallest legislative and policy efforts of those senators,” the letter continued.
That isn’t sitting well with Senators on the Republican side of the aisle.
But wait, there’s more …
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says very little about January 6th when he isn’t forced to, issued a statement after the release of the House committee’s summary report and criminal referrals for Trump and others, saying “The entire nation knows who is responsible for that day. Beyond that, I don’t have any immediate observations.”
That statement, apparently has Senators like Rick Scott and others “disagreeing” with the minority leader. Scott, when asked about McConnell’s statement smugly responded that he “hadn’t seen a poll like that.”
So, a party that was in lock-step until recently is now in disarray, seemingly. Some leaders and politicians are sticking with the MAGA/Trump playbook while an increasing number of them seem to be trying to leave all of that in the past and move on.