House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just boldly told his critics, "You're wrong," CNN reports.
This comes in the context of the recently agreed upon debt ceiling deal between McCarthy and President Joe Biden.
After much concern about whether a deal would be reached in time to avoid the negative economic consequences that would result from the government defaulting on its debts, the deal was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate last week before being signed by Biden on Saturday.
Throughout the whole process, McCarthy faced much opposition, particularly from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
CNN highlights the fact that this opposition goes back to at least February.
The outlet points out that, at the time, Schumer predicted that the Republicans do not "have a plan that can pass with Republican votes in the House."
Schumer, of course, turned out to be wrong. McCarthy and House Republicans went on to pass their own debt ceiling bill, which they hoped would be the starting point for negotiations with the Biden administration.
Subsequently, Schumer insisted that the White House would not negotiate with McCarthy. But, once again, Schumer was wrong.
Negotiations took place and a deal was reached - a deal that passed through the House with majority Republican and majority Democrat support.
It is to the doubters - among whom Schumer appears to have been chief - that McCarthy, according to CNN, ebulliently said, "You're wrong."
Schumer was asked whether he underestimated McCarthy. He replied with a typical non-answer, saying:
No. 1, we avoided default – our number one goal, which we’ve been talking about from day one. No. 2, it is a far, far cry from where the Republicans started out.
Schumer certainly does have a point here. McCarthy has faced significant opposition from some House Republicans regarding the debt ceiling deal that he reached with Biden. These Republicans have argued that McCarthy did not go far enough to curb government spending.
Even former President Donald Trump came out and publicly said, "We should have gone through a little more pain, perhaps, over the last few days to get maybe a deal done — if you understand what I mean."
That being said, McCarthy managed to do something that, in today's political arena, is remarkable, which is to get a deal done that was approved by the majority of House Republicans, the majority of House Democrats, and the Democrat-led Senate. That's an accomplishment that McCarthy appears to be quite happy with.