The big news on Tuesday was the ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after a motion to vacate had been filed by Rep. Gaetz (R-FL).
As it turns out, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was also ousted, forced to vacate her private hideaway office at the Capitol.
This was literally history in the making on Tuesday evening when this vote went down.
Had Gaetz not asked for a physical count of votes, McCarthy would still be the Speaker today.
After the vote was finalized, they went to McCarthy's list of replacements, with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) being first on the list.
He will serve as Interim Speaker until a new Speaker is elected.
Currently, Majority Leader Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have both announced their intention to run for Speaker. The Caucus will meet this week to get this down to one candidate, who will then run against the Democrat nominee.
I believe either of those will be passed on the first vote by Republicans when the motion gets floored.
McHenry notified Pelosi that she needed to vacate her office immediately after McCarthy was ousted.
Pelosi was out of town, having accompanied Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) remains back to California for burial.
She was sent an email that stated:
"Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed."
As a former Speaker, Pelosi was given a premium office space, which McHenry will occupy during his brief stint. Since she was not in town, her belongings were moved by Minority Leader Jeffries and her staffers.
Pelosi clearly was not happy with the news that she needed to vacate the space.
"With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol.
"Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time."
In terms of McCarthy's ouster, Gaetz is taking a lot of heat, and I have even seen calls to have him removed from his committees and voting rights revoked, but I'm afraid I have to disagree.
I am not going to get into whether I support his move or not, but he did nothing wrong here.
He broke no rules, and he did not betray America… he merely did what the current House rules allowed.
This is not Ilhan Omar making anti-American comments, and it is not Bowman pulling a fire alarm during a vote… this was a procedural request that is permitted by House rules, so even suggesting that he be removed is just completely absurd.
His constituents voted for him knowing his agenda, specifically regarding holding McCarthy accountable, and it would be up to the voters to remove him from office if they were displeased with him.
While I am personally not a fan of Gaetz, he does do some good work in committee, not afraid to ask questions others will not.
This just seems like something the Democrats would do, and we need to be better than them.
In terms of removing Pelosi from her office, especially considering where she was, this seems childish, especially since McHenry will not be in that office for very long.
The fact that Pelosi was tending to Feinstein's remains makes it even worse.
These people and I mean about 90 percent of Congress at this point, are like petulant children who seek attention at every opportunity.
It is time we vote them out and get some adults back in the room because I, for one, am sick and tired of this tit-for-tat politics and childish behavior.
They play games while we pay the price… do your jobs and represent We the People instead of doing things to get clicks and likes on social media.