The Republicans in Congress have been a joke. Just like their liberal counterparts, they thought Hillary would win and they could continue their business as usual — fundraising off of vacant promises to repeal Obamacare and build a wall. Then Trump got elected, and they got exposed for the frauds that they truly are.
Well, now it looks like at least one of them will pay the price for his feckless “leadership.”
Conservative Republicans in the House are irate over the lack of leadership and back-stabbing committed by Speaker Paul Ryan. Much of President Trump’s agenda has been stalled by the spineless GOP leadership and some Republicans are rumored to be planning Ryan’s fall from grace.
“The group [of conservatives],” writes the Washington Post, “has gone so far as to float the idea of recruiting former House speaker Newt Gingrich or former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as potential replacements for Ryan (R-Wis.) should there be a rebellion. The Constitution does not require that an elected member of the House serve as speaker.”
This is indicative of a body of legislators thoroughly frustrated by the Establishment leadership and desirous of a Trump-like shake-up of the House.
The Post notes, “The closed-door conversations are being led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, in consultation with his allies on the right, in particular Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist who recently returned to his perch as executive chairman of the Breitbart News website. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and other Freedom Caucus members are also involved in the talks to varying degrees, according to nearly a dozen people with knowledge of the discussions.”
On September 6, several conservative Republicans confronted Ryan in a private meeting and told him that they had lost faith in his leadership and may be exploring his replacement options.
This could get interesting.