Kevin McCarthy Debases Himself in Hopes of Finally Winning Speaker Vote, Then Loses Again
Good morning from the Hive newsroom! If you’d like to know the definition of insanity, look no further than Capitol Hill, where Republican Kevin McCarthy is still refusing to back down in his bid to become House Speaker despite repeatedly failing to get enough votes from his own party. “Obviously, all of this is extremely humiliating,” explains Bess Levin, “but the California lawmaker apparently possesses an endless capacity for being publicly humiliated, and has no intention of throwing in the towel.”
Apart from throwing the House into limbo, McCarthy’s embarrassing string of defeats has also prompted vigorous debate over at Fox News, where heavyweights Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are at loggerheads over whether McCarthy deserves the post, observes Caleb Ecarma.
Elsewhere, Levin has the latest on a new anti-trans bill proposed in Oklahoma that could force residents undergoing gender-affirming care to detransition. Plus, Charlotte Klein divines who might fill Ben Smith’s shoes as the next media columnist at the New York Times, which has left readers guessing for roughly a year now. Thanks for reading!