Matt Gaetz recently said he regretted not having Kevin McCarthy's vote for GOP priorities, despite heading the successful effort to oust the former speaker, prompting a former Republican staffer Saturday to suggest the party is a dog catching a bus.
Kurt Bardella, a former staffer for Republican Senator Olympia Snowe and Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, appeared on MSNBC's Ayman to discuss the state of the Republican party.
He was asked about Gaetz "suddenly having some form of buyer's remorse."
"I mean, when you follow Matt Gaetz, a person who, at the very best, is of questionable integrity, as we're seeing in some of the other investigations he's currently the subject of, this is where you end up," Bardella said. "The Republicans are proverbially the dog that caught up to the bus, then they are shocked when the bus runs them over and over and over again."
"How many times are they going to have to repeat this history before they wake up and realize, if you want to be in, quote, leadership, that actually means leading. It doesn't mean passing the buck off to your caucus. It doesn't mean blaming other people, it's take responsibility, step up, everybody always says they could do a better job than the current leader, but when they actually get into that position, they do just as bad as a job of the person before. It makes you wonder, why did you throw out McCarthy in the first place if you are going to end up in exactly the same place as you were before that? That's what we are doing."