Lincoln Project warns against celebrating Kevin McCarthy Speaker election
Kevin McCarthy. Image via AP.

The California Republican is said to be 'the weakest Speaker in modern America.'

The Lincoln Project is offering a grim warning in the wake of Kevin McCarthy’s “win” Saturday morning in the Speaker race.

For the former Republicans, there is nothing to celebrate; indeed, they forecast that the circumstances of the Speaker election presage a “chaos” to come.

“No one should celebrate Kevin McCarthy’s ascension to Speaker of the House. The ridiculous fight that paralyzed Congress for days is only the beginning of the chaos and dysfunction that is to come,” the Lincoln Project forecasts.

“McCarthy wants to present himself to the media and donors as a bulwark protecting against the MAGA insanity, but he’s just as obsessed with obtaining power. In his shameless quest to become Speaker, McCarthy made himself look pathetic and weak as he sold his dignity, threw away his leverage and begged Trump for his endorsement.”

Indeed, Donald Trump validated the California Republican throughout the process, with a number of strong endorsements on Truth Social and last-day lobbying of holdouts including Florida’s Matt Gaetz.

“Now, as the weakest Speaker in modern America, he will preside over a conference that is uninterested in governing and only wants to pursue policies that will hurt the American people and alienate our foreign allies,” the argument continues, deriding “an extremist agenda.”

Their “fanatical plans” purportedly include “a government shutdown and potential debt default that will wreck the economy,” defunding the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine, stamping out Social Security, and “endless investigations that will do nothing more than generate appearances on Fox News or hamstring the ability of government agencies to do their job.”

The close strikes a familiar rhetorical chord.

“The GOP is now controlled completely by MAGA. It is the party of chaos, destruction and is unconcerned with improving the lives of its constituents. The anarchy will only come to an end when Trump and MAGA are completely defeated.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Paul Passarelli

    January 7, 2023 at 11:37 am

    How typically “Democrat” in act & action. Base an entire chain of arguments on ‘words’ where the definitions have been altered to suit the talker’s needs. It’s a technique that was used by Humpty Dumpty before he fell off the wall. “The Lincoln Project” are a bunch of RINOS (at best) and subversives (in actuality) to the Republican Party.

    I just spent some time reading on their website. It reads like a carbon copy of the Democrat’s talking points transcribed on a windy day.

    I wonder if there is an ounce of integrity among its founders: Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, George T. Conway III, Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, or was it just sour grapes?

    • Elliott Offen

      January 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm

      Trump was a RINO. Ran to enrich himself and cut his own taxes. All he did was sit on his balls and insult people for four years while the economy overheated. He thought it was cool! The GOP are a bunch of empty suits and saboteurs of government. They just take up seats. Only the rich benefit from the empty suit hogs.

      • Paul Passarelli

        January 8, 2023 at 12:38 pm

        Sure, Elliott. Mr. Trump gave up *billions* of net worth & income, plus a comfortable lifestyle to avoid ‘millions’ in taxes. Are you really that stupid?

        • Holsomlisa

          January 9, 2023 at 10:11 am

          You could replace the word Democrats in this article, and it’s exactly them. They are the ones who want to take down America. They’re the ones who are letting illegals in. They’re the ones who are spending our taxpayer money to know end. I could go on and on about how much Democrats hate America and newborn babies

    • All of you

      January 7, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      “How typically Democrat”

      Stop projecting. Save it for the minors in your basement groomer lol

      • Elliott Offen

        January 7, 2023 at 5:29 pm

        👆 And here is your typical street scum bum GOP voter. The kind of people who the average Republican leader wouldn’t wipe their azz with but misleads them into voting for them using right wing propaganda and hate. Even Trump called you trashy you fkn moron.

      • Paul Passarelli

        January 8, 2023 at 12:53 pm

        How is that “projecting”? I’ve been debating leftists for a long time. And one of their favourite tactics is to alter the meaning of the words they use. They choose words that make themselves sound noble, with the full intention of achieving the opposite goal. This is not new.

        “If Democrats told the truth, there would be no Democrats.” — (I’ll let you google the source) I got this: About 147,000,000 results (0.63 seconds)

  • tom palmer

    January 7, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    We’ll know within a year or so whether the Lincoln Project was prescient or full of it. Buckle up and stay tuned.

    • Paul Passarelli

      January 8, 2023 at 12:34 pm

      you wrote: “… prescient or full of it.” I propose that can and will be both.

      For me “The Lincoln Project” has taken on the despicable characteristics of “The Southern Poverty Law Center”. Both have adopted noble sounding manes, and bothe practice the worst kind of tyranny; the ‘it’s for your own good’ variety, backed by the unrelenting fervor bases in their belief that they are doing good.

      From C.S. Lewis —

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

      ― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

  • Ronald Crump

    January 7, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks to The Lincoln Project most of us leftists have drug addled pea brains and need a puesdo legitimate organization like the Lincoln Project to not only tell us what to think but most importantly who to hate. Me and all my leftist friends depend heavelly on being told what to do so we dont have to try to logically think things through. It’s so great to follow the croud and signal our virtue at the same time. We love being told how to think and what to do. I cant wait to find out who the Lincoln Project tells us to hate next!

    • Paul Passarelli

      January 8, 2023 at 12:46 pm

      you wrote: “… most of us leftists have drug addled pea brains and need a puesdo[sic] legitimate organization like the …”

      But you spelled: ‘Democrat Party” wrong. Other than that you nailed it!

      P.S. Aside and in all seriousness, the typo (above) is truly irrelevant. I didn’t even notice it while I was reading, it was only when I copied it into this reply it got redlined by my browser. There really should be a way to quickly go back and fix posts in the first two minutes.

  • M patrerson

    January 7, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Bunch of effing monkeys. I.m Canadian and we look at this as a stupid group of morons trying to look like they have the interests of the country at heart. You are the joke of the world9

    • Paul Passarelli

      January 8, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      Since this was a top-level reply I’m assuming you are referring to The Lincoln Project team as the “effing monkeys”.

      I’m also assuming that you are referring to the leftists as “… a stupid group of morons trying to look like they have the interests of the country at heart.”

      And third, it’s those that are trying to destroy America that “are the joke of the world”

      Lastly, what does your Canadianism have to do with it? Why is a Canadian commenting on FP? Or are you just another Fake Alias Troll?

  • William Robbin

    January 8, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Even for the standards of The Lincoln Project this is an idiotic analysis.

    From a Democrats perspective they blew a great opportunity. In the end McCarthy or some other Republican was going to end up speaker anyway. They should have asked for some small concession in exchange for ten Democrats supporting him. Or simply not voting against him. Now that they didn’t not only does McCarthy owe them nothing he is beholden to the Republicans they hate the most.

    Don’t blame MAGA. Blame the Democrats. Instead of Biden saying “it’s not my problem” when the fighting was going he should have copied Trump who when the progressives were holding Pelosi hostage for speaker of the house tweeted to the effect of “Nancy Pelosi will be speaker with Republican votes if need be”

  • Ronald Crump

    January 9, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    New orders just in from The Lincoln Project reminding all RINOS they have until the end of the month to cut off their ☆enises and begin serving Democrats as unich concubines.

    • nail

      January 11, 2023 at 1:07 pm

      Who do these MAGAts think they are kidding. Pelosi emasculated every one of them! Her accomplishments as the most effective Congress in history has b been applauded by Dem and GQP pundits and historians. The emasculation of the MAGAts hang on the wall in her office in duplicates. The adversity that the dysfunctional MAGAts brought forward are not the only a path for those 19 moderate newbie GQPs will be walking to the Dems door. Just today, 3 newbies on NATIONAL news, not the fantasy MAGAt channel remake of the Apprentice, said that they will not follow these MAGAts,” this was not what our voters, voted for.” They know where to go if they want to be elected. The MAGAts have turned off 3/4 of the country and it will be more as they continue on their quest to find the real mythical Q.

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