October 9, 2015

100 Words -- The House Divided

The withdrawal by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker of the House -- no biggie, just two heartbeats away from the presidency -- is the latest casualty in the civil war between House Republicans. No matter who wins the Speakership, he or she will face a bloc of hard-line conservatives who balk at anything that goes against their “principles.” This gives the Democrats unexpected leverage since their votes are needed to offset Republican defections, further infuriating the hard-liners, who loathe compromise. And round and round it goes; where it stops nobody knows. Really … nobody knows.

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