In just a few hours’ time, the GOP’s most recent civil war will come to a head.
This time around, it’s a battle for the role of House Speaker, where longtime Trump ally Kevin McCarthy is still attempting to secure the requisite votes to take the job. He’s facing a rather surprising amount of resistance, however, and some of the GOP’s most prominent figures are now suggesting that the whole thing is a bit ridiculous.
This includes former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who took to Fox News this week to make his thoughts on the subject known.
Gingrich said, “This is a fight between a handful of people and the entire rest of the conference. And they’re saying they have the right to screw up everything. Well, the precedent that sets is; so do the moderates, so do the members from Florida. I mean, any five people can get up and say, ‘I’m going to screw up the conference, too.’ The choice is Kevin McCarthy or chaos.”
He continued, “I think it is a remarkably shortsighted and, candidly, selfish position, and I don’t understand where they’re coming from.”
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He added, “These five guys decide to go out as kamikazes and see if they can sink the whole Republican Party. That’s what they’re doing. It’s not about Kevin McCarthy. It’s about the right of any five members to basically throw away the entire rest of the conference and tell the rest of the conference it doesn’t matter.”Advertisement - story continues below
Guest host Griff Jenkins asked, “Why would they do that? Newt, that makes absolutely no sense.”
Gingrich said, “I think it’s a psychological problem. These guys can’t count straight. They can’t play tic-tac-toe. They can’t accept victory.”
McCarthy faces a vote for the position on Tuesday, and there appears to be no consensus as to what the results may be.