House Speaker Kevin McCarthy IS gonna HAVE to get Democratic help to keep his spot….
He’s gonna have to have enough House GOPer’s for cover fire….
Make no mistake?
This WILL be a Republican internal political knife fight ……
Gaetz does have a mountain to climb…..
The effort to depose McCarthy as speaker has alarmed many House Republicans, setting up an internal civil war between McCarthy’s allies and those who have pressured him repeatedly with a variety of, at times unrealistic, demands. The effort could also force McCarthy and his allies to strategize with Democrats, further irritating the hard-right, because the minority party will play a determinative role in whether McCarthy can hold onto his leadership seat….
It’s not clear whether Gaetz has the crucial 218 votes needed to remove McCarthy without himself relying on Democrats to vote with the small handful of Republicans who would support ousting the speaker. Asked whether he had more than four Republicans who would vote to oust McCarthy, Gaetz said, “Well, we’ll see.”…
As he left McCarthy’s office Monday evening, Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), who chairs the conservative Republican Main Street Caucus, confidently predicted that McCarthy would be the speaker at “the end of the week … at the end of the month … at the end of the year.”
“I’ve talked to a lot of Republican members, and there are more people buying Kevin McCarthy stock than selling it,” he said.
The disdain for Gaetz is so palpable across much of the GOP conference that some members have begun to publicly rebuke him as self-destructive and selfish. Some McCarthy allies have also discussed whether they could find enough support to raise the threshold needed for any future motions to vacate, according to two Republicans who spoke on the condition of anonymity to outline private ongoing discussions. Currently, only one lawmaker is needed to move forward….