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Kevin McCarthy’s Permanent Crisis

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This morning, the Republican conference voted on rules changes that their leader, Kevin McCarthy, agreed to in his pyrrhic quest to become Speaker of the House. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
January 10, 2023

Want to know how Washington really works? On Sunday morning, Rep. Jim Jordan, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, fresh off last week’s Speakership debacle, went on one of the Sunday morning shows and said that it wasn’t just Ukraine spending that he and his comrades had their eyes on. It was all defense spending. “We got a $32 trillion debt,” he said. “Everything has to be on the table.” 

He went on to explain what he meant, which didn’t really reassure anybody. “The ratio of general officers to enlisted individuals now is so out of whack from where it used to be in our military,” Jordan said. “Maybe if would focus on that, helping the troops who do so much the work out there for our great country, and maybe focus on getting rid of all the woke policies in our military, we would have the money we need to make sure our troops get the pay raise they deserve, we’d have the weapon systems and the training that needs to be done so we are ready to deal with our adversaries on the planet. That is what we want to focus on.”