And that only includes the GOP.
After Congressman Kevin McCarthy won the GOP nomination for House Speaker last month in a landslide, some far-right members of the House opposed the current House Minority Leader. Rep. Andy Biggs (Arizona) is also running for speaker, though he has no chance of winning. Resistance could divert votes, ruining McCarthy’s chances of securing the speakership in the Jan. 3 election.
Gowdy, a former GOP congressman from South Carolina, had had enough.
“Instead of coming together around a legislative or investigative agenda, House Republicans are fighting among themselves over who will be speaker,” he said. “Yes, your memory is correct. The primaries for lecturer were a month ago. Kevin McCarthy won with 85% of the vote. But a small but vocal group of House Republicans will not support the winner of the primary.
“So much for elections having consequences or respecting the will of the people or whatever platitudes are uttered, but only when it’s convenient,” Gowdy continued. “This small group of Republican kamikazes are convinced that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidency with 47% of the vote, but somehow Kevin McCarthy lost the race for speaker with 85% of the vote.”
Gowdy punctuated his protest with a punchline.
“Math has never been their strong suit.”