What Happens When the “Speaker of the House” Just Means “Mouthpiece?”

Kevin McCarthy and Mike Johnson happen — and it just gets worse and worse

Gippolito Ndp
2 min readFeb 27, 2024
Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

In America, the Speaker of the House is a big deal. Third in line to the Presidency, as provided in the Constitution. Runs the House of Representatives.

A really big deal.

But not so much lately. Starting with Kevin McCarthy and continuing through the present holder of the Speaker’s gavel, something has changed.

What happened was the “Speaker of the House” has become nothing more than a mouthpiece.

Here’s the definition, according to Merriam-Webster.com:

Screenshot by author, from Merriam-Webster.com, accessed 2/27/24

The last one is where it’s happening, and is worth emphasizing:

One that expresses or interprets another’s views: SPOKESMAN

The “something has changed” is that starting with Kevin McCarthy, the “Speaker” stopped being what was required, and simply became a spokesman for something or someone else, or their own religious “right.”



Gippolito Ndp

Dad, G-dad, veteran, semi-retired lawyer, archaeologist, writer