A Political Assassination
It’s impossible, stresses Kimberley A. Strassel in the WSJ, to ignore how frustrated voters are by D.C.’s “dysfunction.” Americans want to believe that someone in Washington “actually has their backs.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz has his own problems. The open secret is that Gaetz wants to run for governor of Florida, and “thanks to this week’s drama, the donations are flowing.”
(Gaetz) has personal problem in the House Ethics Committee—especially given that he has admitted the tie. He has spent two years furious that Mr. McCarthy wouldn’t break the rules and somehow intervene to stop that probe into allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of funds.
More recently he has even claimed (without evidence) that Mr. McCarthy somehow inspired the probe.
From Matt Gaetz:
“I believe that Speaker McCarthy is trying to signal to the Ethics Committee to pursue me.”
Is Gaetz asking Americans to believe this open bitterness had nothing to do with his ensuing McCarthy takedown?
A Jackass Kicks Down the Barn
Washington, continues Ms. Strassel, has always been a town divided between “those who put in the work and those who preen.”
The pity is that more of those conservatives who really are toiling day in and out to notch real policy victories—senators, House Freedom Caucus members, activists—aren’t more willing to highlight the distinction. They are only undermining their own cause.
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