Tim Burchett, a Republican representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district, admitted that though he rarely agreed with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he considered her tenure to be “pretty successful.”
Burchett spoke on CNN
The representative was on CNN with host Kaitlan Collins, and they discussed the current less-than-favorable situation in the House.
On former House Speaker McCarthy
Burchett gave vague comments about Kevin McCarthy, “We need leadership, ma’am.” Burchett added, “We don’t need someone just to say we’ve got 218 votes or whatever that jumps on the train after it leaves the station.”
The GOP representative then shared, “We need some people, Speaker Pelosi, for instance, I’ll give you; you know, I don’t agree with her ever, hardly on anything, but she, she was pretty successful in her [tenure], and the way she did it was she put an issue out amongst her caucus.”
Pelosi’s key to success
Burchett elaborated, “She met with them. She figured out what they wanted. And then they put it on the floor, and they passed it. And they rallied around it.” The comments are not so shocking considering there are reportedly constant frictions among House Republicans.
Pelosi simply worked harder
Burchett continued, “A lot of work goes into that. We’re not seeing that; I’m not seeing that work right now. And it’s very disappointing to me.”
Compliments from Republicans
When Collins noted that those were “rare compliments from a Republican for former speaker Pelosi,” the Republican confessed, “No, she’s a friend of mine.”
What’s in a name
“She has a granddaughter named Isabella, and I have a daughter named Isabel, and my daughter got hurt real bad last year on a horse… and Speaker Pelosi is always asking me about her,” Burchett explained.
McCarthy’s control over the House
Thomas Gift, a political scientist, told Newsweek, “Since the day he earned the speaker’s gavel, Kevin McCarthy has been constantly doubling over backward to keep his unruly caucus together.”
Things are imploding
Gift added, “The real surprise surrounding the imploding discipline among House Republicans isn’t that happening, but why it didn’t happen sooner.”
McCarthy vs. Gaetz
Gaetz called McCarthy “unhinged,” accused him of holding votes “for the show,” and expressed his “blind lust for the Speakership.” Following this report, Gaetz forced the vote on the “motion to vacate.”
Reports about other clashes
CNN’s Manu Raju reported that McCarthy allegedly warned Republicans that they would lose the shutdown fight if they didn’t start passing bills and would stay in session if the government is not funded. The now-former House Speaker allegedly added that he was not afraid of being replaced.
The situation is worse than in May
Steve Bannon, Trump’s associate from his days in the White House, said that the situation was “worse, much worse” than during the debt ceiling crisis.
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