An alleged plan by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to end his party’s weeks-long struggle to agree on his successor sparked an outburst of laughter from MSNBC host Joy Reid on Tuesday.
As part of the plan accordingly According to NBC News, McCarthy would receive a second term as speaker, while Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a more right-leaning lawmaker who still couldn’t muster enough votes to get the gavel himself, would become “deputy speaker.”
Of the plan, which was released three weeks after the speaker’s role was last filled, one Republican lawmaker told the outlet, “We’re desperate.”
After NBC reporter Ali Vitali informed Reid of McCarthy’s idea, the host of The ReidOut couldn’t hold back, laughed for a long time and threw her show notes in the air.
Finally, Vitali said that a source she spoke with made the comparison to Rep. Catherine Clark (D-MA), who served as deputy speaker under Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the previous Congress.
“There is technically a precedent for this,” Vitali said, “but there is also very much one.” Office It’s noted here that Dwight is the assistant regional manager, and I think that’s probably more appropriate.”
Indeed, according to the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted for it Clark in November 2020, Pelosi would win the election for Speaker on the first ballot. Pelosi created the role in 2018 after Democrats retook the House by a large majority in that year’s midterm elections, and she won that vote for speaker in the following Congress – also on the first ballot.
“As your laughter suggests, that probably won’t happen,” Vitali continued, “but it’s getting out there and we’re just reporting the news here, Joy.”
The idea that Republicans’ problems in the House could be partially solved by hiring a deputy speaker – a role that had not been filled during McCarthy’s nine months in office – naturally appealed to him a lot Allusions to the NBC sitcoms recurring gag.
“Assistant to the regional spokesperson,” like Reid’s colleague Chris Hayes wrote on X, formerly Twitter.