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The Bland Ambition of Kevin McCarthy

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

“I spend a lot of time thinking about the next Congress.”
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, meant this comment generally, rhetorically questioning how Congress could heal in an era of intense polarization-a somewhat ironic train of thought, given that the words came in a speech, delivered November 18, that was centered on attacking Democrats. But there was clear subtext: If Republicans won the majority in the House in the upcoming midterm elections, McCarthy could be the next speaker of the House. McCarthy had begun speaking on the House...
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