The free-for-all over choosing a new House speaker isn’t chaos; it’s democracy.
The Republicans have decided to have a little bit of authentic democracy within their party, and polite Washington is flipping out.
John Boehner decided that he no longer wants to be speaker of the House, or a member of Congress, so he is retiring. This in itself confuses and vexes official Washington: Why would a man who worked so hard in his life, rising from very modest origins to become the second-most-powerful man in government, voluntarily relinquish power? That there is a life beyond politics, even for the speaker of the House, is beyond them.
Boehner’s No. 2, Kevin McCarthy, thought he wanted the job, but he didn’t. Facing a revolt on the Right and a Democratic caucus happy to see any Republican discomfited, and having himself made a crude and embarrassing error with his boasting about using the Benghazi investigation against Hillary Rodham Clinton, McCarthy decided that, for the moment, House majority leader is as far as he desires to rise. The decision was “a shocking move that throws the House into chaos,” CNN claims.
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