Since Tuesday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has misplaced six rounds of voting to turn into the subsequent Speaker of the Home in Congress. These humiliating defeats have left the legislative department of the U.S. Authorities in limbo and even led one bored congressman to go full Leeroy Jenkins on the Home flooring because the worst components of the Republican get together eat it alive.
In case you haven’t been following alongside, a better-than-expected exhibiting by Democrats in final November’s midterm elections left Republicans with a slim majority within the Home of Representatives. Whereas McCarthy had been maneuvering for the function of Speaker as the previous Minority Chief, he hasn’t really managed to win the help of Trump barnacles like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). That’s left him greater than a dozen votes in need of the quantity wanted to make him third in line to the presidency, however it hasn’t deterred him from exhibiting his ass in vote after vote after vote.
Throughout a type of rounds simply after midday as we speak, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) determined to have a little bit enjoyable whereas casting his vote, shouting out the identify of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) within the type of Leeroy Jenkins, the notorious World of Warcraft meme.
Huffman, 58 years outdated, confirmed as a lot in a tweet afterward. “Yup, I mentioned what I mentioned,” he wrote, clearly very happy with himself. “If Republicans are going to make us sit by this repeated self-flagellation, we would as properly make it memorable.”
For anybody unfamiliar with Leeroy Jenkins, which in all probability consists of most of Gen Z at this level, it was one of many earliest viral memes on the web. A gaggle of WoW gamers attempt to rigorously plan and coordinate a boss struggle, however Leeroy goes out of pocket and will get the entire crew massacred. Handed round for years as an epic fail, it was really staged by gamers Ben “Anfrony” Vinson and Ben Schulz, finally turning into immortalized by reference within the recreation itself. The meme has now made it into the official congressional report because of C-SPAN.
At this price, it doesn’t appear probably Republicans will handle to agree on a brand new chief tomorrow both. Loads of time for somebody to sing your complete Neon Genesis Evangelion opening credit music.