As my Twitter feed suggests, something is happening with the GOP House.
Kevin McCarthy was expected to voted in as House Speaker. But the rumor is he is out. He dropped out.
Chaffetz is it.
Yup, not a rumor. McCarthy, who admitted that the Benghazi investigation was politically motivated to get Hillary, dropped out. Election postponed.
Remember, this person comes after the Veep in the line of succession.
It’s not clear why McC dropped out (or was allowed to “drop out” when he was actually forced out) or what forces are at work here. Something in his past? Are the uber-far righties rallying against him? Have the moderates made a comeback? To be continued….
UPDATE: NBC News reports that US House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy recognized he had no path to get to 218 votes to claim the speaker’s chair. The House Freedom Caucus, which is believed to have about 40 members, announced it would back Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., to become the next speaker. The conservative House Freedom Caucus is the group that thinks funds for Planned Parenthood should be blocked as part of a bill to keep the government open.
The HFC has received criticism among Republicans like Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who publicly broke with the caucus last month. McClintock, a social and fiscal conservative, wrote in a letter to the HFC: “I know that every member of the HFC sincerely supports these (conservative) principles, but as I have expressed on many occasions during our meetings, I believe the tactics the HFC has employed have repeatedly undermined the House’s ability to advance them.”
Basically, this means that even Kevin McCarthy is not wingnutty enough for the far right.