House Wingnut Caucus endorses the other wingnut for Speaker, likely preventing majority

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In a move that threatens to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, a group of hard-line conservatives said Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little known Florida member to become the next speaker.

The House Freedom Caucus announced its support for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) after emerging from an afternoon meeting in the Capitol complex.

The Freedom Caucus, comprised of the House Republicans most dead-set on repealing the United States government and replacing it with nothing, said earlier in the day that they intend to vote as a bloc when the House votes to elect a new Speaker tomorrow. If that happens, and all 42 of its members vote for Webster, it will prevent Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader who is next in line for the office, from securing a majority.

Daniel Webster, via Wikimedia Commons

Daniel Webster, via Wikimedia Commons

Ever since John Boehner announced that he would be giving up his speakership and resigning from Congress, McCarthy’s done seemingly everything in his power to prove that he doesn’t have the political chops to be third in line for the presidency — which, in fairness, is to be expected of someone who’s been in the House for less than ten years. But after committing and then doubling down on the unforced error of telling the truth about the purely political motives of the House Select Committee on Benghazi — an admission that just earned him a formal ethics complaint — it appears as though his colleagues aren’t confident that he’s got what it takes to deliver on the already-impossible promises he’s made to the conservative base.

To be clear, the underlying fundamentals in the Republican Party were such that a certain subset of the House caucus would oppose the establishment candidate no matter what — even if they were slightly more put-together than McCarthy. His inability to emerge as Republicans’ consensus choice for Speaker only underscores the conditions that led Boehner to resign in the first place: many within the party are simply going to oppose any person, place, thing or idea that can be in any way tied to anything or anyone that represents the establishment wing of either major political party.

But McCarthy’s made it so, so easy for them. Tomorrow’s vote should be fun.

Oh, and if no one gets a majority, Boehner has to stay on as Speaker.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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