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 October 24, 2023

Mike Johnson is the Republican Party's fourth nominee for Speaker of the House

The race among Republicans to nominate and elect a new House speaker has created a power vacuum that may benefit Democrats as the vacancy extends into its twentieth day.

There are now nine candidates officially in the running to replace former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) but as the GOP caucus mulls over its decision, it remains unclear how long the debate will continue – and whether that will result in the party losing voters in 2024, as Fox News reported.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio did not receive enough ballots during his third round of floor-wide votes on Friday, forcing his party to return to the drawing board in an effort to break a stalemate.

Twenty-five Republicans voted against him, leaving him short of the victory threshold of 217.

There is little wiggle space for dissenters within a candidate's own party due to the small Republican majority and unified Democratic opposition.

Patrick McHenry, who is currently serving as interim speaker, stated last week that Republicans will conduct a second forum on the speakership candidates on Monday, followed by a likely vote on the floor on Tuesday.

Candidates continue to jockey for position as the greatest politician to pass muster and garner sufficient support to secure the speakership.

"Republican chaos" on the Hill could dash the GOP's hopes of holding onto the House in the next election cycle, but the party could save itself with the election of a new speaker, according to longtime Democrat strategist Hank Sheinkopf.

"If a speaker can be elected, default avoided and defense budgets restored in the face of international crises, the chances of Democratic takeover will be reduced," Sheinkopf told Fox News Digital.

Reason must triumph over faction if House Republicans are going to come together and make progress, despite tribalism, which  is a term used by some to describe infighting inside political parties.

The objective is to make competing policy arguments seem less compelling. In an effort to restrict America's different political viewpoints within two political parties, both the Republicans and the Democrats have formed diverse coalitions. Each political group is, by definition, a coalition government.

Now, while the Republican Party debates who should serve as Speaker of the House, they must face the stark reality that our nation has far more government than it can afford.

McCarthy, the speaker of the house, struggled for years to form the alliances needed to govern with a slim majority.

But his coalition was doomed from the start, and it fell apart when a vocal minority decided that his promise to alter the status quo of budget allocations was either not genuine or could no longer be fulfilled.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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