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Welcome. Welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together. And today, the title of our WYNK, What you need to know. The speaker, the speaker sounds pretty obvious. If you’re thinking about it. Excuse me The Speaker, No rules and CSPAN. What you need to know today is The Speaker, No rules and CSPAN. We’ll talk about in a moment. We got some great guests.
We’ll finally catch up with my friend Cheryl Chumley. You know, I’ve never laid eyes on her in person. I’ve seen pictures of her. I’ve seen photos, interviews. She does a podcast herself, she’s over at The Washington Times and she is, I think the digital editor does a bunch of stuff there, but she’s also someone who writes a column. And I’ve been wanting for two weeks, almost three weeks, to talk to her about the column that we’re gonna finally get to today. She was away. She was in the. Holy Land and we’ll see if she’ll give us a report on that, so we’ll talk with her and a lot more after that, so. First, what you need to know what you need to know today, is that you should be focused on the fact that the events that happened last week or plus days of fighting over who should be speaker.
It was excellent. It was excellent.
Now why was it excellent? One, Kevin McCarthy showed how if you’re going to be a big league leader, you gotta be a big league leader. Now remember when there was, some of you may may remember this. There was a famous baseball manager named Billy Martin and Billy Martin. Was his personality was cantankerous. Like Earl Weaver. There you know it was there, they were famous for being, you know, Lou Pinella was a manager for a while in baseball and he’d go out and yell and scream and throw a, pull, the pull the bases off the moorings and throw them around. All this kind of stuff. And then there’s other guys that you didn’t. You couldn’t fluster. Mike Matheny when I was when when he was the manager of the Cardinals. I was a fan of his. Very cool. Very cool right so? It’s different styles, different styles.
And Kevin McCarthy, at the top level with his career hanging in the balance, he’s a 57 year old man. He spent his entire career getting to this point to become Speaker of the House. One of the most important jobs in American life. And he was about to. He was almost this close to losing it and he was cool at least above board and outside and and and under the lights that were shining with the cameras rolling. He was cool and let me, we’re gonna get to that in a moment because I told you this WYNK what you need to know today is the speaker, No rules and C-SPAN.
At the time, it was this limbo, the last four or five days last week, because there were no rules to the House. The House has to pass its own rules. They’re worried about it today. They’re they’re passing it to this early this week. I’m not sure what day of the week, but Kevin McCarthy, said there were no rules. That meant there’s no Rules and one of the no rules is that nobody knew what to do with C-SPAN. Because C-SPAN started about 40 years ago, 35 years ago they put cameras in the chambers. They put cameras in a lot of places. Now, as you know C-SPAN 1, 2, 3 but C-SPAN’s origins was the cable news company said. Let us put a camera in the back of the Chamber so we can cover what’s going on, the votes and all.
And under the rules of Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats you were only allowed to have one camera, maybe two cameras, but stationary. You couldn’t. You couldn’t zoom in on anything and consequently the coverage was always this generic running video from the back of the room. Because there were no rules because there was no speaker yet last week for about four days you had C-SPAN cameras. They were not limited by the Pelosi rules. See Pelosi was queen of the world. She got her people to vote for her and then she was in charge of everything. She controlled everything from office space to C-SPAN cameras, to budgeting, to bills, to amendments, to the Capitol police. Forget it, all of it. But McCarthy, because he was in this limbo, he had to first of all, we’ll get to in a minute. He had to negotiate the rules which are gonna be passed this week, but also there were none and C-SPAN was able to hone in.
You could see Margaret, Marjorie Taylor Greene handing trying to hand her phone to another member and it had Donald Trump on the phone. You could see it. You could read the lips of some of the guys and gals talking to each other on the floor, you could see up close what was happening. It was awesome!
If you don’t like transparency, you may not like seeing real. You know, it’s like a if you wanna watch a sitcom. Sitcoms aren’t real situation comedies. I have an 18 year old daughter. She watches friends a lot and it’s a terrible show. I mean it, but it’s kind of funny in ways, but it’s not real. It’s like MASH wasn’t real. Cheers wasn’t real. Sitcoms aren’t real, and even reality TV isn’t real. You know reality TV, we all learn is pretty. Staged, you learn over time, you you, you could say that at least the the the award games the you know the game shows are not staged, they’re not fixed, they were at one point in the 1950s. I think it was they’re not fixed, but they’re pretty much staged. managed.
C-SPAN was covering real, real sausage making. People getting annoyed with each other. People getting chummy with each other, bad guys talking to good guys. At one point, Congressman Gosar, perceived as a conservative, pretty conservative, but vilified by the media as a really a not nice guy. He’s a nice guy. Really nice guy, dentist. He ended up sitting down next to AOC. And they were talking about stuff and you’re like what? How can that be? That’s like a the devil talking to the devil how can this be and each side would have something to say. It was awesome. It was awesome.
Kevin McCarthy showed what it takes to succeed – awesome display. It was no rules which meant that there was lots and lots of action. Lots and lots of battling. It was great. It was great. All good. Don’t get dissuaded when somebody says oh it’s supposed to be done with closed room, backroom deals just all over real quick. No, it was great.
Now here’s where it gets interesting and C-SPAN by the way, it’s access. I’m hoping and I’m praying that the access that C-SPAN got will continue. I hope that there will be a move to say, hey, let’s continue. Let’s allow people allow people to see that. And it will be up to the Republicans to pass that it will only be the Republicans if the Republicans don’t do it. It’ll be because they don’t want to do it because the Democrats can’t block the rules. The rules will be passed by a party line vote. And they will set up the committees they will set up the rules, the way things are gonna be done. And so. It would be great if they allowed that, but now the rules are gonna be passed.
One of the things about the rules. The rules set up committee structure. It sets up how bills are gonna be argued. Amendment process, motion to vacate the chair, which is a way to take back the speakership. All that stuff was on the table in the last week or so and it was negotiated. So what you’re going to see in the rules Proposal and what will pass is something that is made much better. Made much better by the intensity of the coverage and the intensity of the action last week.
And if you look, remember my WYNK from last week. I don’t know. Wednesday, Thursday I said. I said Kevin McCarthy is the first digital speaker and what I really meant. There was 100% transparency in real time you had C-SPAN looking at was what was happening for hours and hours and hours. You know, from noon until 10 at night 11 or noon until one in the morning on Friday. And and the and so and the whole world fixated through social media. And they could talk about it, predict about it, respond to it, send text, direct message MTG, Kevin McCarthy, AOC, Gosar, Gates, Jordan, Rogers, the guy from Alabama who got mad and was supposed to like I don’t know he stepped towards him. All this kind of stuff, and more importantly. Rules rules, rules.
And the rules are going to be better for the American people. I guarantee you. Does it mean That a lot of stuff’s going to pass? Probably less, but you know what? We don’t need more legislation. And none of it’s going to go anywhere anyway, because the Senate is never gonna allow it. They’re gonna protect Biden. The Democrats in the Senate will protect Biden, and even if something gets through there. He’s going to veto it if it’s any good. But you know, we have the rules, rules, rules, edgy fighting, battle style Republicans. Let’s go.
Now they got oversight. They got oversight. And the the mindset becomes more transparency, more aggressiveness. Let’s get to the bottom of stuff. Let’s be fearless, all good, all good.
One last thing you need to know: Trump locked it down for McCarthy. If Trump had quit on McCarthy, the game’s over. Scalise or Stefanik or somebody. And Trump didn’t do it. It’s like a Kavanaugh moment. A lot of conservatives. Well, no, not a lot. Some Republicans and some Conservatives will complain about Kavanaugh, but there was a moment where Trump could have bailed on Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh is a conservative. He’ll be good for a long time. McCarthy is going to be good for as long as we have him. He’s not going to be perfect. I didn’t say he was, but he’s gonna be good and Trump did that. People that are writing these stories about Trump is this Trump is that nobody cares all that are just wrong. Go down and see what happened. Finally, the logjam was broken when Trump told the six. Just vote present and allow this thing to move ahead. What you need to Know is McCarthy’s the first digital speaker. And no rules. And C-SPAN and Donald Trump. What a deal. What a deal. Great stuff.
Alright, everybody. We’ll take a break. When we come back we’ll get Cheryl Chumley finally on this great column she wrote. I’ve been looking forward to talking to her and a lot more. Later this week we’ll get John Schlafly in his weekly column visit proamericareport.com. Sign up for the daily WYNK right there, be right back. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report.
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