What’s next as the U.S. House of Representatives searches for a speaker?
STORY: The U.S. House of Representatives is in an unprecedented situation and will be without leadership for at least a week after Kevin McCarthy becomes the first House speaker to be ousted from office by a rebellious Republican. . What will this country do next? And how could this revolt potentially affect the Great Old Party? Congress is unlikely to take action on legislation funding the government until a new speaker is installed . The suspension of Congress comes as a Nov. 18 deadline for another government shutdown approaches. But Republicans need a week to choose a new chair, which would stall talks on government funding. Far-right conservatives like Congressman Matt Gaetz, who called for Mr. McCarthy’s ouster, were furious that Mr. McCarthy was unable to win deep spending cuts in these funding bills. But if the ultimate goal of firing McCarthy is to shut down the U.S. government, the tactic could backfire for Republicans, as it did with Newt Gingrich just a few decades ago, says Princeton University. George Henry Davis, a professor of American history, said: “If this is a precursor to a shutdown, historically Congressional shutdowns have not been very productive for the party shutting down Congress. I mean, this happened in the ’90s. This is, in a sense, This is where the Gingrich story begins. And, you know, the Republicans let Gingrich go because they thought he would do a good job against the Democrats, and then he ran the country with two government shutdowns. Determined to drag the whole thing down and, you know, basically re-elect Bill Clinton in 1996. If you’re going to go back to that precedent, if I were a Democrat, go ahead and The only problem is that we have to live with the effects of the government shutdown, which is not the case and is very dire. And you don’t want it to happen. We’re all in a much worse disaster than we were in the mid-’90s, and we don’t want to be the party that benefits from that.”The House is currently dominated by Mr. McCarthy’s ally Republican Patrick.・Mr. McHenry has been elected as acting chair. But there’s only one thing he really has to do. It’s all about finding new speakers. Anything more than that would likely spark a new uprising by far-right forces. The date for the next chair election will be set when the leaders of both parties decide they are ready to begin the process of selecting a chair. Typically, the election of the speaker is scheduled at the start of his biennial new parliament. Several Republicans said they planned to meet on October 10th to discuss candidates to replace Mr. McCarthy, and that a vote on a new speaker was scheduled for October 11th. Deep divisions within the Republican Party were exposed in January, when Mr. McCarthy did not receive enough votes for several days. He won the chairman’s position, but he had to survive 15 votes. Things could be similarly chaotic this time around, unless the chaos sparks a public backlash and Republicans unite to conclude that the prospects for the 2024 election are bleak.