DAVID MARCUS: A historic new low in the nation’s seemingly daily ritual of humiliation –


‘The office of Speaker of the House of the United House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant.’

Bang went the gavel.

And America marked a historic new low in the nation’s seemingly daily ritual of humiliation.

Late Tuesday afternoon, in a shambolic, fumbling own goal, eight House Republicans joined every single Democrat in voting to oust Congressman Kevin McCarthy as Speaker.

This would be shocking were it not just another example of the utter incompetence of America’s political class – from top to bottom.

In the White House, our doddering 80-year-old president is the rightful focus of an impeachment inquiry.

His bi-weekly old man gaffes and senior moments compromise the nation he incompetently leads, while his influence-peddling son sashays from child support hearings to State Diners to courtrooms without a hint of shame.

And speaking of courts, when he’s not on the campaign trail, the leading GOP presidential candidate is sitting in the dock, under 91 state and federal indictments, pursued by an overzealous, politically biased U.S justice system.

Though, Trump certainly doesn’t do himself any favors, as he rants and raves and suggests the death penalty for his perceived enemies, like a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This past weekend the government nearly shut down – and no one cares except the federal workers and soldiers in uniform who nearly went unpaid.

The southern border is so dangerously wide open – even Democratic mayors are begging our Democratic president to do something – anything – to slow a mass migration crisis.

Late Tuesday afternoon, in a shambolic, fumbling own goal, eight House Republicans joined every single Democrat in voting to oust Congressman Kevin McCarthy as Speaker.

Late Tuesday afternoon, in a shambolic, fumbling own goal, eight House Republicans joined every single Democrat in voting to oust Congressman Kevin McCarthy as Speaker.

In an epic act of self-love, egomaniac Matt Gaetz, who posts Game of Thrones meme selfies on social media, drove the government into a ditch, so he could get his smiling face on TV.

In an epic act of self-love, egomaniac Matt Gaetz, who posts Game of Thrones meme selfies on social media, drove the government into a ditch, so he could get his smiling face on TV.

And all the while, America’s octogenarian leadership putters around the halls of power, falling down, freezing up, and tragically dying of old age just hours after casting votes.

We are through the looking glass.

But just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, an ethically challenged, former friend of an admitted sex trafficker, sad excuse for a Congressman leads a kamikaze mission to oust the most popular Republican in Congress from leadership. 

And why?

In an epic act of self-love, egomaniac Matt Gaetz, who posts Game of Thrones meme selfies on social media, drove the government into a ditch, so he could get his smiling face on TV.

Don’t believe it?

Well, then ask yourself – what does the Florida man do next?

Gaetz claims to be acting out of sincere concern and accuses McCarthy of failing to fix the House’s broken legislative process.

On that point, he’s at least over the right target. Congress is dysfunctional and our government should not fund the Leviathan of unaccountable federal agencies without necessary oversight.

But what’s Gaetz’s solution? To plunge the entire country into even greater chaos?

Now the House has no Speaker.

The business of running the country grinds to a halt until we reenact the Byzantine drama of January’s election of a new leader and round after round of vacuous speeches.

Then, it only took 15 ballots to elect McCarthy. All he had to do was give fringe Republicans the power to fire him at the drop of a hat. And – big surprise – they did it!

Now, who in their right mind would want this job?

And let’s be clear that Democrats, especially Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries have their own special blame to accept for this startlingly sad state of affairs.

Jeffries claimed he wanted Republicans to end their civil war for the good of the country, but if so, why not instruct Democrats to join with the 90 percent of Republicans who voted to save McCarthy’s skin?

This would be shocking were it not just another example of the utter incompetence of America's political class ¿ from top to bottom. In the White House , our doddering 80-year-old president is the rightful focus of an impeachment inquiry.

This would be shocking were it not just another example of the utter incompetence of America’s political class – from top to bottom. In the White House , our doddering 80-year-old president is the rightful focus of an impeachment inquiry.

His bi-weekly old man gaffes and senior moments compromise the nation he incompetently leads, while his influence-peddling son sashays from child support hearings to State Diners to courtrooms without a hint of shame.

His bi-weekly old man gaffes and senior moments compromise the nation he incompetently leads, while his influence-peddling son sashays from child support hearings to State Diners to courtrooms without a hint of shame.

You'll be shocked to hear that it's the American people who will bear the brunt of this as their concerns go unaddressed while Washington dandies preen before cameras.

You’ll be shocked to hear that it’s the American people who will bear the brunt of this as their concerns go unaddressed while Washington dandies preen before cameras.

What an olive branch it could have been. What a step towards progress, an inching towards a government that functions as it should.

If even Democrats couldn’t stomach a vote in support of a Republican, they could have at least voted present and lowered the threshold of votes that McCarthy needed to hang on.

Instead, Democrats proactively sped his downfall.

And, again, for what? I think we know, as Democrats rushed to CNN and MSNBC to rub Republicans’ noses in it. So much for their concern over democracy and our cherished institutions.

You’ll be shocked to hear that it’s the American people who will bear the brunt of this as their concerns go unaddressed while Washington dandies preen before cameras.

Isn’t it always the way?

Over and over again the American people say they don’t want Biden vs. Trump, but it doesn’t matter.

We say we want a secure border and men out of women’s sports, and we get poorly written episodes of the West Wing and House of Cards.

Nobody in Washington seems to care what we want. It’s all a game of musical chairs, and no matter what pompous windbag winds up with a seat, we lose.

This is the part of the column where I am supposed to insist that America is better than all this, but are we right now?



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