Kevin McCarthy Could Face Tough Speaker Bid After Midterm Flop

Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced his bid for Speaker of the Home on Wednesday even earlier than it was clear that Republicans would management the chamber.

And the truth that Republican management of the Home stays unsure the day after Tuesday’s midterm elections might make bother for McCarthy’s bid.

“We had been instructed we had been going to have an unbelievable, unbelievable wave,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) stated on a right-wing internet program. “I don’t perceive why [McCarthy’s speakership] is only a foregone conclusion.”

Biggs is a senior member of the Home Freedom Caucus, a gaggle of a number of dozen Home Republicans that has already demanded guidelines adjustments that may empower rank-and-file members and make McCarthy’s life harder as speaker.

Democrats beat expectations in Tuesday’s midterm election, holding off Republican challengers even in some districts the place Donald Trump prevailed in 2020, and as of Wednesday afternoon it was nonetheless unsure whether or not Republicans would in the end win a majority, although that final result appeared possible.

McCarthy portrayed the middling end result as a historic victory in a letter asking his colleagues for their support.

“Over the previous century, Republicans had flipped the Home from Democrats simply 4 occasions: 1946, 1952, 1994, and 2010. Solely twice did that flip happen in 4 years or much less,” McCarthy wrote. “Whereas numerous races stay excellent, I can confidently report that we are going to be a part of that checklist, construct on our important beneficial properties from final cycle, and obtain our purpose of taking again the Home.”

A senior Democratic aide stated McCarthy has been “measuring the drapes for years” and that interns in his workplace are already anticipated to name him “Mr. Speaker” in his present place. An aide to McCarthy referred to as the anecdote unfaithful.

“Assuming they eke out a tiny majority, he’s going to be requested for loopy concessions which can trigger issues,” the aide stated. “General his convention can also be transferring to the precise.”

Home Freedom Caucus members told CNN they could withhold assist from McCarthy in change for concessions, corresponding to guidelines change that may make it simpler for lawmakers to oust the speaker.

On Monday night, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) stated he wouldn’t assist anybody for speaker except they promised to finish vaccine mandates within the army and to take different hardline stances. In a follow-up message on Monday, Roy stated, “we want precise LEADERSHIP.”

The conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), poised to return to committee seats in a Republican majority, stated Wednesday that she was touring to Washington to satisfy with “everybody I can” and that there could be reckoning amongst Republicans.

“The civil conflict within the GOP may be very actual, and we have to repair it and get it straight and make our message one methodology for this nation,” Greene stated on Steve Bannon’s “Battle Room” podcast.

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