I posted a piece here recently that Rep. Scalise (R-La) was going to be the next US House Speaker….
I wam wrong right now…..
The Trump era extends to the US House Republicans…
GOP opposition to Scalise for Speaker sharpens….
Republicans have their nominee for Speaker, but not everyone in the House GOP is on board.
Now he’s scrambling to lock down the 217 votes he’ll need on the House floor. In the GOP’s narrow majority, he can afford to lose only a handful of votes, and the number of Republicans who have announced their opposition would be enough to deny Scalise the gavel.
The House reconvenes at noon, but it’s not clear how quickly they’ll begin voting….
Punchbowl News: “Scalise is entering the meeting after garnering just 113 votes in the House GOP internal party election — far short of 217 he needs to become speaker and barely a majority of House Republicans.”
“Scalise world is feeling pretty grim right now. GOP lawmakers and aides in his orbit believe he has just 24 hours to turn his campaign around. Scalise has failed to win over dozens of Republicans who say they will continue to support Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) or others for speaker. There’s anywhere between 20 to 30 — maybe even more — Republicans in the anti-Scalise camp, and more seem to be going public every minute.”
Nate Cohn: “The swelling congressional support for Mr. Jordan didn’t make him speaker, but it might nonetheless herald the emergence of a new, alternative Trumpist governing elite — one authentically loyal to Donald Trump’s pugilistic brand of politics, and one that would pose a fundamental challenge to what remains of the beleaguered Republican ‘establishment.’”
“Mr. Trump’s continued dominance of Republican politics has dashed any establishment hopes of a return to the way things were. Instead, his strength has started to pose a more lasting threat to what remains of the old elite, by promoting a group of loyalist outsiders who might soon have the numbers to defeat the insiders at their own game.”