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Mace on McCarthy staying as Speaker: Everything is on the table

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) talks to Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the House Chamber after Gaetz voted present during the fourth day of voting for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Everything is on the table.”

Thus spoke South Carolina’s Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace to ABC’s Jonathan Karl- and she was speaking about, per Breitbart, the question of “backing a motion to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).” https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/09/17/nancy-mace-everything-is-on-the-table-when-it-comes-to-mccarthys-speakership/

Reports Breitbart:

“Anchor Jonathan Karl asked, ‘So Matt Gaetz has come out saying that he’s going push to oust McCarthy, a motion to vacate. Could you see yourself under any circumstances supporting a motion to vacate?’  

Mace said, ‘It hasn’t happened yet. I’m not going to comment on conjecture here. Either he is going to file it or not, put your money where your mouth is. I do hear that some votes might be up for grabs because people were made promises that have not been kept.’ 

Karl said, ‘Could you support it?’

Mace said, ‘We’ll see how it turns out, but I will tell you, I’m one of those members who were made certain promises. I’ve worked on women’s issues. I’ve worked on issues, you know, related to gun violence that I feel are very important. And you know, it’s fallen on deaf ears. And if I if I give a handshake to someone, I expect them to follow through.’

Karl said, ‘Wow, so you don’t rule out supporting that.’”

That’s when Mace gave her “Everything’s on the table” reply.

Wow indeed.

The real problem here for House Republicans is they must start producing accomplishments. And accomplishments aside from the necessary investigation into the House of Biden. (Or is that “Houses”?) It is utterly politically self-destructive to ask voters for control of the House – and then when they get it not doing anything that produces results on such issues as the economy, spending, support for the military, dealing with China and more.

All of which raises the question of not just whether Speaker McCarthy is up to the task – but are his internal GOP critics as well.