When Jim Jordan and his allies went out of their way to try to tank Steve Scalise’s nomination for Speaker of the House this week, it allowed Jordan to capture the nomination instead today. But it also appears to have created such hard feelings that Jordan’s already weak odds of finding the votes have now taken a tumble.
The first sign of trouble was when House Republicans decided to go home for the weekend instead of holding a full House vote for Speaker this afternoon. This was a pretty clear sign that Jim Jordan isn’t even close to having the votes. Now it’s gotten even uglier.
One unnamed House Republican is now telling Politico that if Jim Jordan tries to force a House floor vote on whether to make him Speaker, some House Republicans might stay away – thus allowing the Democrats to elect Hakeem Jeffries as Speaker.
So that’s where we’re at now. House Republicans in the most vulnerable 2024 races are now flat out stating that they’d rather have a Democrat as Speaker than have Jim Jordan as Speaker. There are almost no words for how cartoonishly embarrassing this is for the Republicans. They’re a punchline and they need to be replaced by Democrats in 2024. You can donate to the DCCC here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report