Are they kidding themselves over at the Freedom Caucus?
Rep. Jim Jordan?
The guy who is STILL being looked at for possible turning a blind eye to sexual abuse issues while he was at Ohio State University….
The Right has lost their minds…
A collection of powerful conservative groups is mounting an aggressive campaign to install Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan as House speaker or minority leader in the next Congress, according to a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the effort.
The bid to empower a rabble-rouser despised by much of the House Republican Conference will almost surely fall short. But success for the groups doesn’t necessarily require Jordan to end up in the top leadership spot.
Their effort could deny California Rep. Kevin McCarthy the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership if Republicans retain the House majority — an outcome conservatives would cheer just as much. And if Republicans lose the majority, the groups intend to demand new leadership, which could wound McCarthy’s bid for minority leader.
The effort marks a rare instance of coordination among at least four prominent outside groups as well as a handful of smaller conservative groups with big nationwide followings. They include Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Conservative Leadership Fund, Tea Party Patriots, and For America.
Leaders of the groups, including Ken Cuccinelli and Adam Brandon, have been making calls to lawmakers they’ve helped legislatively or politically in the past. The groups also are recruiting activists to attend town halls and press rank-and-file Republicans to get behind Jordan….
…garnering 218 votes for speaker would be nearly impossible for Jordan given his small, if enthusiastic, nucleus of support. But if Republicans lose the majority, the outside groups are hoping the president will insist on a leader who would go to the mat for him, especially if Democrats try to impeach him. Jordan is a former wrestler known for his attack-dog approach to politics.