He deserves every bit of it, but it’s still a heck of a thing to watch. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, CA) has wanted to be Speaker his entire career, and I think he thought he’d be voted in the minute the Republicans took control of the House. He didn’t expect the farthest-right loonies in his party would block his election. For the past three days he’s been on the wrong end of thirteen votes to name a new Speaker of the House and the Republican party looks like a bunch of fools. Meanwhile, the Democrats are solidly behind their new leader Hakeem Jeffries (who was elected to replace Nancy Pelosi when she stepped down as leader of the Democrats), giving him all 212 of their votes each time.
McCarthy has had to make so many concessions to the likes of Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert and Bob Good that the office of Speaker is going to be worth as much as a bucket of warm s*it, as John Nance Garner once said of the Vice Presidency of the US.