Hapless, feckless, untalented Kevin McCarthy, the would-be Speaker of the House is really bad at his job.
Yesterday we mentioned that Rep. Andy Biggs (Crazy TSKoA) is now challenging K-Mac for the speakership and while I’ll be the speaker before Biggs is, it might be enough to derail K-Mac.
Our pals over at Electoral-Vote have the situation sussed out and they see a surprising possibility:
McCarthy remains the favorite to become speaker. He’s much closer to the promised land than anyone else is. Even if he can’t herd the MAGA members, and they hold firm after dozens (or hundreds) of votes, he’s not necessarily dead in the water. It is unlikely that House Democrats would be willing to vote for him directly. However, the House can vote to change the rules, and to choose a speaker based on a plurality of votes cast, rather than an outright majority. It’s been done twice before, and it could be done again. In exchange for certain concessions (which may or may not be made public), the Democrats might vote to suspend the normal rules, which would resolve the situation without putting them in the position of supporting McCarthy directly.
I am not familiar enough with the Rules, I did not know that this was a possibility, let alone that it had happened before. I’m not saying that this will happen, just that it could.
Our pals then suggest a scenario, should it happen:
If it’s not McCarthy, then the next likeliest possibility is a moderate Republican, backed by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats. If this did come to pass, then our guess is that the person would come from the Problem Solvers Caucus, which literally exists to promote bipartisan cooperation. There are roughly two dozen Republicans who are members of the Caucus.
I read through the names of the Republicans on the Problem Solver roster, and with very few exceptions, I’ve not heard of any of the remaining members. We live in exciting times when a complete unknown could become 3rd in line to the Presidency because K-Mac is so incredibly bad at his job.