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Dec 12, 2023

Last week, former House speaker Kevin McCarthy attended the New York Times’s DealBook event where he was interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin. During their discussion, McCarthy reminisced about a striking observation he made during the 2019 State of the Union. “…I look over at the Democrats and they stand up. They look like America. We stand up. We look like the most restrictive country club in America.”

The observation isn’t as new or striking to America as it apparently is to the country club, at least to this prominent, soon-to-be former member. McCarthy also announced on Wednesday that he is leaving office by the end of the year. And truth telling on the way out the door like this has become commonplace for Republicans during its Trump era. I’m sure we will hear more of his truths in the coming weeks and months.

What would be stark to me would be a more honest conversation of the lack of demographic representation from those McCarthy is leaving behind. But waiting for the truth from the country club shouldn’t inspire Americans to hold its breath in anticipation.

“The Club” is more apt to declare war on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training, and anything else it can weirdly label with their weirdly created negative adjective of “woke,” than it is to adjust. Just ask Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana’s third district. Rarely does a day go by without him defending the whiteness, the maleness, of a government made up of far too much of both.


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