At his appearance at CPAC this weekend, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said he is willing to bet the house that Republicans will take back Congress in 2022.
But he wasn’t referring to the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill — he was referring to his own, personal home back in Bakersfield, California.
“We are just five seats away,” said McCarthy, referring to the slim number of seats Republicans would have to win to take back control.
McCarthy is nearly there. He closed the minority gap so much in the November 2020 elections that he nearly robbed Speaker Nancy Pelosi of her speakership. He also swept in the largest class of GOP Congresswomen in American history.
McCarthy said that five seats should be easy to win — especially in light of the Democrats’ policy overreaches on everything from free speech to making it harder for girls to compete in sports.
As for his actual house? He said not to tell his wife that he put it all on line.
McCarthy and his wife Judy, who are high school sweethearts, have lived in the same modest house for 20 years, since McCarthy owned and ran a small business in their hometown of Bakersfield called “Kevin O’s Deli.”
Will McCarthy be in trouble for “betting the house” on the House? Doubtful, as Republicans at CPAC this weekend seem more motivated than ever to return Congress to Republican control.
However just in case, Judy is counting, there are just 618 days left till the November 8, 2022 midterms.