DYSFUNCTION IS GETTING WORSE
Observers have been calling Home Republicans dysfunctional since earlier than McCarthy was elected to Congress in 2006. And the dysfunction is getting worse, no matter how the speaker combat performs out.
For instance, whereas solely a handful of Republicans joined Gaetz in making an attempt to deliver McCarthy down, 21 Republicans refused to vote for his ill-fated measure to maintain the federal government working final week – and 90 of them voted in opposition to McCarthy’s last-minute profitable try and avert a shutdown.
Maybe symbolic of that’s that whereas solely eight Republicans finally voted in opposition to McCarthy, 11 voted in opposition to an earlier movement to kill Gaetz’s maneuver and not using a closing vote. Usually, one would anticipate members to stay with their social gathering on procedural votes. However not these Republicans.
Final week Republicans managed to deliver an agriculture spending Invoice to the Home ground, but it surely failed badly. Even the spending Payments that they’ve managed to move are nonetheless useless on arrival within the Senate and no Home Republicans have a plan for reaching a deal as a result of so lots of them are suspicious of simply the thought of chopping offers.
We don’t know who would possibly change McCarthy. Nor do we all know how lengthy this specific combat will final. What we do know is that the bigger dysfunction within the Home Republican convention will proceed.