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Kevin McCarthy is much worse than Eric Cantor. We need completely new GOP leadership in the House.

BREAKING: Conservative Rep. Raul Labrador is challenging McCarthy for Majority Leader

House Republicans appear set to elect Kevin McCarthy as the next House Majority Leader to replace Eric Cantor.

What a disaster that will be.  Talk about someone who stands for absolutely nothing.  Talk about an empty suit.

Talk about someone who epitomizes the Washington Political Establishment — which voters keep telling us they hate.

Kevin McCarthyis much worse on this score than Eric Cantor.

Kevin McCarthy encapsulates all that’s wrong with the Republican Establishment — and all that’s wrong with Washington.

American Conservative Union says Kevin McCarthy votes conservative 72 percent of the time compared to 84 percent for Eric Cantor. According to Heritage Action, McCarthy only votes conservative 42 percent of the time compared to 53 percent for Cantor. Club for Growth says McCarthy votes for pro-growth free-market policies just 53 percent of the time, compared to Cantor’s 68 percent.

The National Journal rates McCarthy as the 170th most conservative member of the House, compared to Cantor who ranks as the 80th most conservative.

In other words, McCarthy is almost a Democrat when measured by his voting record.  He’s barely even a Republican, much less a principled Constitutionalist.

For House Republicans to elect Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as Majority Leader would show mind-boggling tone-deafness.  Cantor’s own constituents threw Cantor out of Congress because they perceive him as “all hat and no cattle.”

McCarthy is “No hat, and no cattle.”

Cantor at least talked like a conservative most of the time.  Cantor was a conservative at one time.  He probably still is a conservative.  But he was wrong on Amnesty for illegal aliens.  Most rank-and-file Republicans don’t want to create millions of brand new Democrat voters out of thin air along with millions of new welfare dependents.

Cantor did not do much during his 14 years in office to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.  In fact, when Republicans controlled the Presidency along with the House and Senate, federal spending exploded – no thanks to Eric Cantor.

But Kevin McCarthy is even worse.  He’s an even bigger spender.

Conservatives in the House need to sweep out John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

We need new leadership in the House.

Marsha Blackburn would be great as Majority Leader — or even Speaker.

She’s attractive, articulate, and is known as a hawk on spending.

She votes conservative 100 percent of the time according to the American Conservative Union (ACU).

Lynn Jenkins is another attractive face for the conservative cause.

She votes 100 percent conservative, according to ACU. Lynn Jenkins is the 10th most conservative member of the House according to this composite rating by Business Insider.

You can’t get much more solid and true blue than that.

Aren’t we trying to attract women to our ideas and principles?

Or how about Rep. Raul Labrador?

He’s a solid bilingual conservative Hispanic from Idaho who earns a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.

He practiced immigration law in private practice from 1995 until his election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006. He’s smart and would help break up the All White Male Club at the top of the GOP House leadership.

Don’t Republicans want to start appealing to Latinos?

Lynn Jenkins, Marsha Blackburn, and Raul Labrador are the kinds of  fresh faces and voices we need making the case for restoring Constitutional government to America.

Trey Gowdy is also very solid. So is Jim Jordan.

Connie Mack and Jeb Hensarling would be good.

There are scores of articulate, high-energy conservatives to choose from for these House leadership positions.

The current GOP leadership in the House has been a failure.

Public approval of Congress hovers between 9 and 13 percent – an all-time low. And for good reason.

The current House leadership is visionless.

No one can tell what Boehner, McCarthy, and the current House leadership believe in, what they stand for.

We see Boehner yucking it up with Obama on the golf course — not quite looking like he’s in tune with the concerns of average folks. That’s about all voters know about Boehner.

Well, they also know he cries a lot and likes bourbon.

Americans don’t like these people.

When John Boehner speaks, it’s very difficult even to know what he’s saying. He mumbles his words. He appears to be drunk much of the time.  He has that perma tan that screams phony at voters. He epitomizes the “Old Boy Network.”

Boehner and McCarthy need to be swept aside. We need new blood and fresh faces in the House leadership.

What to make of the so-called ‘historic’ budget deal

Andrew Stiles of National Review gives it more kudos than it deserves. The fact that Obama’s now taking credit for it suggests we could have done better.

ANDREW STILES-NATIONAL REVIEW: President Obama’s 2011 budget called for a spending increase of $40 billion. Tonight, he touted a bipartisan agreement on “the largest annual spending cut in our history” — some $38.5 billion [emphasis added]. All told, he got $78.5 billion less than he originally requested.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) didn’t want to cut anything at first. But bowing to political reality, eventually ponied up about $4.7 billion in cuts. He ended up with $33.8 billion less spending than he wanted. And he called it an “historic” accomplishment. (Not surprisingly, the left is appalled).

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), on the other hand, initially proposed $32 billion in spending cuts. House Republicans, led by an undaunted freshman class, bumped that number up to $61 billion ($100 billion off the president’s budget), before settling on $38.5 billion. That’s $6.5 billion more than Boehner asked for to begin with, and $5.5 billion more than the $33 billion that Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats claimed had been agreed to less than two weeks ago. It remains to be seen how much of that will be cuts to discretionary spending, but all told it would appear that we’’ll see a substantial reduction in baseline spending that will yield hundreds of billions in savings over the next decade.

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Andrew McCarthy is Unimpressed. Calls it ‘Not Serious.’

ANDREW MCCARTHY: With due respect, I think those who are praising the budget deal are deluding themselves. Under circumstances where we are trillions of dollars in debt, the GOP just caved on its promise to cut the relative pittance of $61 billion in spending because it’s just not worth fighting for more than the half-pittance of $40 billion Democrats claimed was their drop-dead number. “Drop dead” meant daring Republicans to shut the government down (which, as we know, doesn’t actually shut the government down). The Republicans blinked.

For me, this is no surprise — as I’ve said several times (see, e.g., here and here), I don’t think they’re serious. But I want to make a point about how strange this praise of Boehner & Co. is. A mere four months ago, the big controversy in conservative and Republican circles was whether the GOP had reneged on their vaunted pledge to cut $100B in spending in the current fiscal year because they had seemingly come down to $61B. As I noted at the time, there was no question that, if you looked at the fine print of the pledge, the commitment was $61B — but that if you looked at reality, both $61B and $100B were laughably unserious. No matter. Folks around here pooh-poohed my criticism and insisted that a $61B pledge was a sober first step, showing real fortitude about getting our fiscal house in order.

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POLL: 58% Favor Govt ‘Shutdown’ Until Spending Cuts Agreed To

RASMUSSEN POLL: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The partisan differences are striking. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats prefer avoiding a shutdown by going with current spending levels. But 80% of Republicans — and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party — think a shutdown is a better option until the two sides can agree on spending cuts.

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House votes to end funding for Planned Parenthood

POLITICO: The House just approved Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, checking off a hot-button social issue even as it set up a bigger showdown over defunding the health care law.

The vote was 240-185 with 11 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against. One member voted present. A group of Republicans on the floor applauded when the vote hit 218.

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House votes to cut off funds for ObamaCare

Pelosi says government shutdown likely.

USA TODAY: The GOP-led House voted today to block funding to implement the nation’s health care law.

The action came on several amendments to a must-pass spending bill that would pay for government operations from March through September.

Specifically, the House voted to prohibit any funds be used by the Internal Revenue Service to carry out the law’s mandate that Americans buy health insurance. The individual mandate, one of the law’s key tenets, has been struck down by federal courts.

The House also adopted an amendment by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., to bar the Labor and Health and Human Services Departments from spending any money for the rest of fiscal year 2011 on the health care law. Still another provision adopted today would ban the government from paying the salaries of any federal employee involved in implementing the health care law.

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LUV IT! House GOP revolt against leadership. Want more budget guts.

RICH LOWRY: We’re hearing that the Republican Study Committee and GOP freshmen were almost in open revolt at the Republican conference this morning over the initial round of cuts set out by Paul Ryan. The Ryan ceiling falls shorts of the headline number of $100 billion set out in the Pledge, and is therefore considered vastly insufficient. Says a source familiar with the meeting, “It sent a clear unequivocal message to leadership — ‘Houston, you’ve got a problem.’” The leadership assured conservatives at a RSC lunch later in the day that the message had been received. Says a GOP leadership aide, “The bill that passes the House will cut substantially more.”

Some members were upset that they didn’t get a chance to talk at the conference meeting. At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.

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House to vote to block funding for ObamaCare next week

REUTERS: The House of Representatives will vote to block funding for President Barack Obama’ssignature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan it will consider next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.

“I expect to see one way or other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that,” Cantor said at a news conference, referring to an effort to block implementation of the health-care law.

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House GOP plans to assault ObamaCare piece by piece

POLITICO: The new Republican-controlled House plans to schedule a vote to repeal the sweeping health care overhaul before President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address late this month, incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Sunday.

“We have 242 Republicans,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” He added, “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us. You will remember when that vote passed in the House last March, it only passed by seven votes.”

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Revealed: How the GOP plans to block Obama’s executive branch power in January

Liberal TMZ is upset about this, of course. But it’s good to know GOP leaders in Congress have a plan.

TMZ: In the nearly two months since the November midterms, the conventional wisdom has centered on the idea that President Obama’s agenda will be largely protected from an influx of Republicans by the Senate’s arcane rules and his own veto pen. With 47 members in the 112th Congress, the GOP will lack a majority, let alone a supermajority, to pass the legislation they’d need to pass to undo Obama’s accomplishments and blunt his progress — as if he’d sign those bills anyway.

But Republicans are all too aware of this conundrum, and have been looking for ways around it. What they found is an obscure authority provided by a 1996 law called the Congressional Review Act. It provides Congress with an expedited process by which to evaluate executive branch regulations, and then give the President a chance to agree or disagree.

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