In a surprising turn of events, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, suggested that House Democrats could come to the rescue of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy if a motion to vacate his speakership were to arise. But, as always, there’s a catch! AOC stated on CNN’s State of the Union that a “real conversation” would need to take place between Democrats and Republicans in order to secure their support for keeping McCarthy as speaker. It’s like a hostage negotiation, but with politics!
But hold your horses, folks! AOC made it clear that Democrats wouldn’t be giving up their precious votes for free. Nope, not a chance! She exclaimed, “I don’t think we give up votes for free!” It seems like AOC wants to make sure that Democrats get something tasty in return for their cooperation. Fair enough, I suppose.
On the other side of the aisle, rank-and-file Republicans have been plotting to overthrow McCarthy if he dares to go against their demands or, heaven forbid, collaborates with House Democrats to pass a clean continuing resolution. Well, guess what? He did just that! In a stunning move of bipartisanship, McCarthy worked with Democrats to pass a 45-day continuing resolution, which didn’t include funding for Ukraine but did, in fact, approve disaster relief aid and maintained funding at last year’s levels. Don’t you just love it when politicians put aside their differences and get things done?
AOC suggests Democrats could save McCarthy but 'shouldn't do it for free' https://t.co/Nkm5VnTly3
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Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has his own plans, though. He vows to introduce a motion to vacate McCarthy’s speakership this week. Here’s the twist: Gaetz would need the support of House Democrats to succeed, as he won’t have enough votes from his fellow Republicans. Oh, the irony!
When asked about fellow “Squad” member Ilhan Omar’s suggestion of a 50/50 power-sharing agreement, AOC played it cool. She said that power-sharing would be discussed within the Democratic caucus, but emphasized that it would come at a price. You see, voting for a Republican speaker doesn’t come cheap! AOC firmly stated, “You don’t just vote for a Republican speaker for nothing. That’s not what we’re elected here to do.” Ouch! Looks like AOC won’t be swayed by smooth talk or empty promises from across the aisle.
In the end, AOC made it clear that she would “absolutely” vote to vacate McCarthy, but ultimately, it’s up to the Republican conference to sort out their own mess. She boldly declared, “It’s not up to Democrats to save Republicans.” Well, there you have it, folks. AOC has spoken and the power struggles in the House continue. Let the games begin!