New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is going to have to show a poker face when dealing with the jokers in his recently formed and fragile house of cards.
The first hand for the new speaker is passing new rules for the now MAGA infested House on Monday.
After the drama of getting elected after 15 attempts McCarthy can reasonably assume the jokers in the deck aren't going to play nice on Monday.
Jokers like Chip Roy of Texas are going to want to play "Texas Hold 'Em" where blinds (forced bets) are set up and the first person to play is said to be under the gun.
In reality McCarthy is playing with one hand tied behind his back. He promised some of the biggest jokers that they would get to chair committees. That's a recipe for a ridiculous waste of time and taxpayer dollars.
The concessions McCarthy threw into the pot to get to continue playing speaker of the house were longtime MAGA fever dreams. Non-MAGARats in the GOP majority recognize that nightmarish scenarios lie ahead in the next two years.
Plans like investigating the so-called weaponization of the federal government and the power to reduce the salary of government officials are going to be up for a vote Monday.
Here's what we know.
The Republican Party is one hot steaming pile of shit. After a week of trying to pick their own leader (what is normally an easy game to play) they're preparing to bring the swamp to the House on Monday.
As Speaker of the House McCarthy is not the new sheriff in town. He's a temporary dealer subject to the whims of crazy political poker players who could take him down in a heartbeat.
As it stands, knowing when to draw or to fold will be crucial to McCarthy's political life in Congress.