McCarthy Gets A Challenge For Speaker, But Gavel Is His To Lose

  • According to Joseph Curl, speakers are highly partisan players who push their own agenda and, with the aptly named aides known as “whips,” keep party opponents in line through force (or sometimes bribery).
  • “People really don’t like Paul Ryan. But why?” CNN wrote in April 2017.
  • Curl noted, the clear frontrunner for the position ought to be Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the current minority leader in the House. But all that changed when the expected red wave turned out to be a pink trickle.
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