Maxine Waters ‘just went crazy,’ getting into shouting match with Republicans on House floor

It’s safe to say that the 118th Congress is getting off to a memorable start as the vote for speaker of the House drags into a fourth day and GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., being nowhere close to getting the 218 votes needed to take the gavel in the Republican-controlled lower chamber.

Nerves are frayed and patience is running thin, particularly for the political elite, people like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., where inauguration week is typically a week of schmoozing with fat cat donors at parties and other fancy events. The 84-year-old Democrat who has spent more than three decades in Washington, D.C., was seen taking her ire out on U.S, Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., a member of the Gang of Five leading the opposition to McCarthy becoming speaker — the other four are U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina.

“This is my 9th vote for Hakeem Jefferies,” Waters stood up and said at one point on Thursday, before turning and pointing to a group of Republican lawmakers behind her. “Matt Rosendale, get it together.”

Calls for order came raining down over Waters’ antics, which came about an hour after Rosendale spoke from the floor and mentioned her name while mischievously claiming he didn’t.

“Last summer we began to negotiate, a group of us in good faith, a list of changes, amendments, to the rules of this body. Not to empower ourselves, not to bring personal benefit to ourselves, but to empower you and you and you, Maxine, and you, and you, and everyone sitting in this chamber equally,” Rosendale said.

“There’s no rules, I did not use anyone’s name… Excuse me, Maxine,” he added.

Here is a clip of Rosendale’s remark, with a left-wing spin:

Turns out, Waters was in such a hurry to get on with the week’s festivities that she appears to be advocating FOR McCarthy — which says a lot about how broken Washington really is:

There have now been eleven unsuccessful votes for speaker and while there are reports of a possible deal being struck between McCarthy and the holdouts, the voting could go on for a while — in 1855, it took two months and 133 ballots to arrive at a leader.

Voting will resume on Friday and it remains to be seen if any of the 20 GOP lawmakers opposing McCarthy are willing to cave.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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