Well, the saga continues for the GOP as they have finally chosen who they want to be the next House Speaker.
In a vote of 113 to 99, Steve Scalise edged out Jim Jordan for the nomination.
The reaction from republicans is a mixed bag.
Many are concerned that having Scalise as the House speaker will be a lateral move from ex-speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Somehow, Scalise now has to unite the entire party behind his leadership capabilities.
He can only afford to lose four GOP votes if he hopes to take the job.
Things are not looking entirely optimistic that this will be resolved quickly.
BREAKING: Republicans choose Steve Scalise as their nominee for House speaker, taking a step toward replacing Kevin McCarthy. https://t.co/ItvzbpqZbJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 11, 2023
The Associated Press broke the news:
Republicans nominated Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday to be the next House speaker but struggled to quickly unite their deeply divided majority and elect the conservative in a public floor vote after the historic ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the job.
In private balloting at the Capitol, House Republicans narrowly pushed aside Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the firebrand Judiciary Committee chairman, in favor of Scalise, the current majority leader. The Louisiana congressman, who is battling blood cancer, is seen as a hero to some after surviving a shooting on lawmakers at a congressional baseball game practice in 2017.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Scalise said afterward.
💥House Republicans elect Steve Scalise for Speaker of the House.
— Rochellemaryn 🌹🕊️ (@RochelleAz) October 11, 2023
BREAKING NOW: Steve Scalise wins GOP conference ballot to become the next Speaker of the House..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) October 11, 2023
The reaction from republicans has been mixed to say the very least…
Many fear that Scalise may just be Kevin McCarthy version 2.0.
BREAKING: Steve Scalise wins the House GOP speakership nomination beating Jim Jordan 113 to 99
I’ve heard Steve Scalise is more Uniparty than MAGA
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) October 11, 2023
Steve Scalise as House Speaker means Ukraine First, America Last!
— Mike Engleman🇺🇲 (@RealHickory) October 11, 2023
Steve Scalise is the GOP nominee for Speaker?
I like Scalise.
But I want your thoughts:
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 11, 2023
I just voted for Jim Jordan for Speaker on a private ballot in conference, and I will be voting for Jim Jordan on the House floor.
I like Steve Scalise, and I like him so much that I want to see him defeat cancer more than sacrifice his health in the most difficult position in…
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 11, 2023
John Boehner = Paul Ryan = Kevin McCarthy = Steve Scalise.
The Republican Party hates their voters.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) October 11, 2023
The GOP base is not happy with having Steve Scalise as Speaker. He defeated Jim Jordan 113 to 99. But he does not have enough votes to win a full House vote. Trump had endorsed Jim Jordan but said others were friendly with him as well. Some are calling Scalise.. McCarthy 2.0! pic.twitter.com/aAwH9JVDcN
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) October 11, 2023
Though Scalise was nominated, it remains unclear if he can manage enough votes for the job.
CNN has more on that:
Scalise won out over Rep. Jim Jordan in a vote by the House GOP conference on Wednesday to pick their speaker nominee. The outcome of the nomination vote was a blow to former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has made a name for himself as a staunch Trump ally.
The question now is whether Scalise will be able to win over Republican holdouts, a major obstacle in his path to the gavel. House Republicans hold a narrow majority and Scalise can only afford to lose four GOP votes on the floor and still win the speakership.
McCarthy’s ouster, which was driven by a group of hardline conservatives, has intensified deep divisions within the House GOP conference and led to an escalation of tensions that now threaten to make it even more challenging for Republicans to unite behind a new speaker.
This could end up being a long process.
So far 9 Republicans have come out and said they won’t for Scalise for Speaker. He doesn’t have the 217 required votes.
The full House vote will be a messy fight, and will require concessions from Scalise to turn some of those votes. This could further weaken an already weak…
— JoMa 🏴 (@joma_gc) October 11, 2023
Great, Steve Scalisse as House Speaker is Kevin McCarthy lite! More of not getting a damn thing done or getting to the truth about the J6 Fedsurrection.
— Mike Engleman🇺🇲 (@RealHickory) October 11, 2023
I will be voting for Jim Jordan to be Speaker of the House on the floor when the vote is called.
In conference, Jordan received 99 votes and Scalise received 113.
We had a chance to unify the party behind closed doors, but the Swamp and K Street lobbyists prevented that.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 11, 2023
I don’t want a Speaker of the House who takes money from Google and Facebook. We all know Big Tech worked with the FBI and the Democrat Party to steal the POTUS Election from President Trump in 2020.
Here’s donations to @SteveScalise from both Google and Facebook.
Not good! pic.twitter.com/IQpXuP9IsQ
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 11, 2023