Hard-liners haven’t put forward a viable candidate for House speaker, leaving Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Calif., positioned to succeed John Boehner, Ohio, who shocked everybody on Friday by announcing his resignation.
McCarthy has spent fewer than nine years in the House. Here is a profile of McCarthy, from Politico.
But those hard-liners aren’t expected to make it any easier for McCarthy than they did for Boehner on upcoming issues including whether to raise the federal debt ceiling and a long-term spending bill.
Dozens of members of the House have held their seats only since the 2010 election, and many of them pledged to force a drastic reduction in the role of government.
Meanwhile, in the presidential race, the top three GOP candidates never have held elective office. And billionaire donors who can contribute unlimited amounts of money to support a candidate have undercut the power and relevance of the national party.
And party leaders are caught between a need to appeal to an angry grass-roots hungry to upend the party’s leadership and placating donors who don’t want to risk losing the White House for a third straight election.