12:46pm PST, Jan 7, 2023
It’s official: In the wee hours of Jan. 7 — following 15 rounds of voting over the course of five days — Kevin McCarthy finally secured enough votes to become House speaker of the 118th Congress. It was a rough road to victory for the Republican representative from California: While Democrats were united in putting forth Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, although it was well known that he wouldn’t secure the required 218 votes, Republicans fought an internal war over whether or not McCarthy should lead.
Hollywood kept a watchful eye on D.C. as the drama played out, openly mocking McCarthy and the GOP on social media. Even prominent Republican celebrities voiced their opinions on the process. As McCarthy was losing on his ninth try, for example, Mark Cuban tweeted, “Is there a better commercial for Rank Choice Voting than what is going on with the…