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There is something deliciously predictable about the best-quality horror films. And that is this: When watching them, one can be assured that if it’s a good film, it will do as the audience wants it to — it will scare the living crap out of you.

“The call is coming from inside the House.” That line above, first used in the horror film “Black Christmas,” and later in the absolutely terrifying film “When a stranger calls” achieved historical placement in popular culture.

But it’s also being used right now — all over social media. It is being used to describe Kevin McCarthy’s fight for House Speaker — and how the calls to reject him are coming from his own people.He is living his real-life horror film.

McCarthy’s situation is worsening by the day. There is a revolt of sorts going on, and nothing McCarthy does can quench the flood of distaste directed at him. Several of the more conservative members of the house are saying they might vote as a unite — and that nothing McCarthy does will ever get their votes.

And the pressure is getting to him. That might be why Kevin made a fool of himself by getting into a quarrel with CNN’s Manu Raju. All Raju did was ask him about his struggles in attracting enough votes. Kevin’s response was to snap at him.


“I can always count on you for the most inappropriate question,” was Kevin’s answer. And it is being said that the hunt for an alternative is growing. Yes, the call is coming from inside the house. The man is loathed — not that he’ll ever acknowledge that. So the question becomes — what will Kevin do if he does NOT get the votes?

He’ll have to adjust to being just another House member. How awful for him. How awful for him that his team — the team that was supposed to love him — might be the ones who will be responsible for ending his ultimate dream. But that’s what horror films are all about. They usually do not end well for the one being pursued.

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