Out of desperation, do you think there's a way for McCarthy to shift to the middle and start talking to Moderate Democrats in the house?
Do they have any motivation to trust that he's arguing in good faith though?
I kinda figured they would let him sail into the Speaker's chair, and pick him apart later with internal party politics. Wasn't really expecting the drama where he can't even get the gavel.
I guess Democrats could participate in sort of a mercy-killing? If Dems voted McCarthy in, it would be a sign that his premiership is pretty much over already.
I think whatever the animosity between Republicans, it's nothing relative to that with Democrats. There was a time when this might have been possible, with inter-party deals made for committee memberships and chairmanships. Today there is really no chance.
What this issue boils down to, is the Freedom (MAGA) Caucus wants to have an outsized influence on Congressional proceedings, relative to their numbers. They want to be able force floor votes on things they can't get out of committee. And they want a shock collar on the Speaker so they can threaten him if he ignores them, which he is very likely to do once elected.
They claim they are demanding these things on behalf of the people, but it's really only the small portion that constitutes the MAGA base. Yet all Republicans know they can be primaried by that base, so they have to be cautious in how they deal with the Freedom Caucus.
It's effectively blackmail, but such is politics in an age when a significant block of Republican voters can be controlled by one person, or a small caucus. Until that is broken up and laid to rest, we will continue to have crazy circumstances develop.
I had to chuckle a bit today, yesterday I saw many forums with conservatives saying this was no different than Pelosi making deals to become Speaker. It's pretty clear now this is quite different. It's one thing for party factions to seek political benefits, it's another to toss the spanner into the works, just because you can.