House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has faced an uphill battle to secure the speakership, with 20 Republicans refusing to back him so far. This has caused some frustration among other Republicans, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who alleged the defectors have continually moved the goalposts with their demands, making it difficult for McCarthy to reach a compromise.
The issue is emblematic of the deep divisions in the Republican Party, with a few holdouts derailing efforts of the GOP establishment to crown McCarthy speaker. Crenshaw has expressed his frustration in the delays, arguing that some Republicans don’t believe in the limitations of reality, such as the Senate and the President. He added that even if McCarthy can secure the necessary votes, that same group of Republicans could very well hijack the legislative process going forward.
McCarthy has been attempting to reach an agreement with the holdouts but has faced difficulties in finding a compromise. He has been making the rounds, meeting with individual members about their concerns. McCarthy has additionally been pushing for a return to regular order, where committees and subcommittees would have more control over the legislative process, rather than a few members having outsized influence.
Whether McCarthy will be able to secure the speakership remains to be seen. It will be a difficult road ahead, with many in the party split on their views on how to move forward. It is an issue that likely will bring more discussion in the near future, as the Republican Party continues to grapple with the divisions within its ranks.