Justin Amash: Kevin McCarthy Is a ‘Compulsive Liar’ Who ‘Cares Only About Power’
As the House of Representatives Wednesday erupted in the kind of chaotic energy one normally associates with far-flung parliaments during Question Time, there was a familiar face sitting with a wry smile next to his old friend Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.): The former five-term congressman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Justin Amash.
Amash, who was elected each time as a Republican but then during his last term disaffiliated from the GOP and eventually became the first sitting Libertarian in congressional history, was not there just to watch it all burn down—he is offering himself up as perhaps the unlikeliest candidate for speaker of the House in an already unlikely 118th session of Congress.
“I think I’m a great compromise candidate, so why not do it?” Amash said last night on a taping of The Fifth Column podcast, which I co-host along with Kmele Foster and Michael Moynihan. “I’m a former member. I know what’s going on. I know what the problems are in Washington. I understand why the House doesn’t function properly. So I think it makes sense to put my name out there.”
Amash throughout his tenure and into his post-congressional career has been almost monomaniacally focused on the increasingly dysfunctional process for producing legislation on Capitol Hill. It has been his main topic of conversation in Reason interviews, in constituent town halls, with me at LibertyCon in October, with Robby Soave yesterday morning on Rising, and again last night on the podcast.
“I’ve never been shy about the fact that I’d like to be speaker of the House,” he said. “That’s not like something that’s just popped up now…. I’ve always said the one position I really would like to have is speaker of the House. And the reason I’d like to have it is because I think I would do a good job, and I would do a good job precisely because I want to go and do what the speaker of the House is supposed
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