If anyone doubted that Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy has the backbone of a jelly fish, his flat-out lie last week proves it.

And it also means his sole lifelong goal of ascending to the House Speakership is over. Not because he lied but because he was disloyal to Donald J. Trump. Yes, I’m aware that Trump has made it known that since McCarthy quickly atoned for his sin of speaking ill of Trump, he is not angry with him.

I just don’t believe him.

I think he keeps McCarthy hanging by a string through the mid-terms when Republicans probably will retake the House. Then Trump will support another “truly” loyal supplicant to insert into the Speakership. I think McCarthy’s days are numbered. Greed and power did him in as it always does.

Now, I know people think “all” politicians lie. I would argue that. They avoid, deflect, obfuscate and “spin,” and those are all acceptable because they always leave an out to prove they weren’t lying. Very few lie outright as McCarthy did when asked about the New York Times article describing a call he had with other Republicans in which he said he was going to suggest then-President Trump resign.

He was proven a liar when Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, authors of a new book “This Will Not Pass” about the 2020 presidential election, produced tapes (Lordy, they have tapes!) of a call McCarthy led with other Republicans, proving him a verifiable, bold-faced liar. You likely have seen for yourself because TV has run tapes of both the lie and the truth for a few days. Well, unless all you watch is Fox and the other MAGA channels who ignore this story, thus keeping their viewers in the dark about the truth.

Now, here’s where I get into the “this would be fun and honorable” but clearly not happening idea:

McCarthy could redeem himself somewhat if he accepted the fact that he will never be Speaker of the House, third in line to the presidency. Assuming I’m right, that Trump at some point will double-cross McCarthy and throw him under a double-decker bus, that would bury McCarthy in his caucus, a disgraced liar with no credibility to get things done.

Continuing my fantasy, If McCarthy would accept that fact, he might then do his public mea culpa and own up to what he said on that phone call and own up to the fact that his…

B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.