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The Kevin McCarthy Revival Plot

Kevin McCarthy seems invested in finding a speaker who would need him the most.
Kevin McCarthy seems invested in finding a speaker who would need him the most. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
October 19, 2023

For a guy who was unceremoniously defenestrated just 17 days ago, Kevin McCarthy seems surprisingly sanguine. His smile is a little too wide, his voice a little too chipper. Amid the preposterously deepening post-motion-to-vacate House turmoil, McCarthy appears to be enjoying life—herding the press, holding on to the official @SpeakerMcCarthy Twitter handle, and sitting in on meetings with his wannabe successors, Jim Jordan and Patrick McHenry, as some reflect on his achievements as a generationally talented fundraiser who commanded unruly conference grievance sessions with aplomb.