Crenshaw Finds out Slamming His Colleagues May Not Work out Well for His Ambitions

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We’re starting to see the choices for Chairs of Committees now that the Speaker vote is past and the ones announced so far are looking like big wins for conservatives in the effort to get some true accountability.


We’ve been reporting about the importance of the agreement that the McCarthy objectors’ group was able to achieve and among the things is a “Church Committee” to go after how the FBI and intelligence agencies have been weaponized for political purposes. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has been made the Chair of that select committee. That’s a good choice, as he’s shown in the past he’s not going to be shy about trying to hold people accountable. Now, with the power, he can get some real results. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has also said that he’s going to be on that committee.

We also saw that people on the pro-McCarthy side who went after their colleagues didn’t fare very well.

As we reported earlier, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) lost the chair of the Steering Committee. Rogers created some issues when he reportedly suggested during the negotiations that McCarthy opponents should lose their committee assignments for daring to fight McCarthy. That set the negotiations back. Then Rogers also infamously was physically restrained from going after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after the 14th vote for McCarthy failed.

The other person who did not fare well when it came to chairs of committees was Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), the guy who called his Republican colleagues “terrorists” and “enemies.”

Crenshaw was up for Chair of the Homeland Security Committee against Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) who is also a combat veteran and a member of the House Freedom Caucus. Green prevailed which gives the conservatives yet another win and puts them in more positions of power. The ranking member who decided not to go for the seat, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), threw his support behind Green.


“For the sake of our national security and homeland security, we must secure our border,” Green said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We have no choice. We will empower our brave CBP agents to do their jobs and hold President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas accountable for the crisis that they created.”

One has to imagine that Crenshaw’s meltdown at his colleagues — calling them terrorists and enemies, then trying to justify it multiple times — showed his true colors and couldn’t have helped his ambition for that position. Perhaps that’s why he finally got around to apologizing for the remarks on Sunday. Although as I noted, it was an “apology” with issues, with Crenshaw insisting that it was just a “turn of phrase” that people were being overly “sensitive” about. If you want to be the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, one would think that you’d have to know what a “terrorist” is and who an “enemy” truly is. If you’re calling your colleagues that, you’re not the right guy for the job.


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