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Kevin McCarthy plays ‘The Town’ to inspire Republicans at meeting

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      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

The Washington Post reports the following interesting news from a closed-door meeting of Republicans on Tuesday:

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.

One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”

“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.

After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.

“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full -throated support for the plan.

(No word on what Rep. Darrell Issa had to say about the car theft movie.)

It is unclear to me — having never seen the 2010 crime thriller starring Ben Affleck — why this might have been in any way inspiring.

You can watch the clip here:

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  • brutony

    I just saw this commercial-EXCELLENT! And I noticed that its coming on HBO this week, so I’ll probably DVR it, even tho it features Ben AfFLACK!

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  • reasoned righty

    It is not a “car theft movie.” it is a robbery/bank robbery movie.

    To answer this:
    “It is unclear to me — having never seen the 2010 crime thriller starring Ben Affleck — why this might have been in any way inspiring.”

    It is about loyalty, one character is asking another to do something that may be dangerous or illegal and to add to it he is asking the person to do it blindly. The Repub who played this was making the point that they need to stick together.

    • Matt Lewis

      But is that REALLY a good analogy to be pushing? … Should elected Members of Congress do something that is dangerous out of blind loyalty to a fellow politician/buddy?

      • reasoned righty

        probably not, but it seems to be the way things work in washington now. Don’t many politicians vote for bills that they themselves have not actually read? Between the sheer volume of the bills that get passed & the last second additions it seems that a lot is taken on faith or the word of another.

        I also think the point of the clip was to push the loyalty aspect (stick with your party) and less the danger aspect. Of course the congressman that played would be the only one to answer that definitively.

      • shannon76

        You don’t even know the full context in which the clip was used.