Yes, the general election was not kind to the GOP in the Senate or in the White House race. By hook and crook, Democrats won the White House and if we take both seats in the Georgia Senate runoffs the best we can do is down one seat from the last Senate.
But the House was a standout exception. Their House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota led the Republicans to a 14 seat pickup, giving Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat majority the closest margin in decades. Because of this, and because of his deft political touch, McCarthy is fast becoming the go to leader in the entire national Republican Party. He reminded Nancy Pelosi of his success over the weekend.
FNC: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her party to task for being more concerned with a far-left agenda rather than focusing on the needs of the American people. McCarthy’s fiery speech came after Pelosi was re-elected as House speaker by Democrats, who retain the majority in the House with the slimmest margin in 20 years. Stopping short of mentioning Democrats by name, McCarthy called out House lawmakers for neglecting their responsibilities over the last two years ‘during some of the most challenging times for our country.’ ”
Hey Nancy Pelosi:
Our freshman class is bigger than yours. pic.twitter.com/YKVGXK2yit
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 3, 2021
“When the need for more pandemic relief was obvious, did we deliver a timely lifeline America needed? Or did we say nothing was better than something until politics dictated our actions?” McCarthy said. “When unrest spilled into the cities and communities across the country, did we deliver safety that Americans wanted or did we let calls to defund the police, intimidate us from protecting life, liberty and property?” Interesting. McCarthy doesn’t go for the usual Jefferson formulation of “life, liberty, and happiness.” But instead reaches back farther to British political philosopher John Locke’s reasoning of ‘life, liberty, and property.” Impressive. McCarthy continued.
The GOP has a “commitment to America to restore our way of life, rebuild the economy and renew the American dream.”
The last election “was a referendum against a radical agenda to defund the police and punish hard work. It was a wakeup call,” McCarthy said. Saying Republicans would “never, never, never vote” to defund the police.
McCarthy opined that the Republicans were representing “farmers and oilfield workers who rise at the dawn to go to work, who pray to God and raise the next generation of good, decent citizens…Can we keep that commitment to America? No more misplaced priorities. The American people deserve better. America is worth fighting for. American’s rights are worth fighting for. Their dreams are worth fighting for. Their voices are worth fighting for. And most importantly, their voices are worth being heard on this floor.” Excellent words from a rising star.