It was late in the evening on Thursday when Republican Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy rose to speak. The House was preparing to vote on the historically wasteful, monumentally stupid Build Back Better bill and McCarthy wanted to do something equally historic to show Republican displeasure.
All other “debate” in the House is time-limited, governed by strict rules agreed to before the “debate” begins. Each side gets so many minutes to divvy up among its member who will use the precious time to show off for the folks back home and so they can use the video in campaign advertising.
But the majority and minority leaders get what’s ironically referred to as a “magic minute” — the ability to speak without a time limit on the motion to be voted upon.
McCarthy didn’t waste his opportunity. For the next 8 1/2 hours, the minority leader made the case and put the Republicans firmly on the record as being united in their opposition to Joe Biden and the Democrats’ plans to try and turn America into something it never was and was never supposed to be.