California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has been nominated for House speaker eight times in just three days. But following overnight horse-trading and deal-making, reportedly including a concession from McCarthy that would allow a single lawmaker to force a vote to oust the Speaker, Republicans still have not coalesced behind the politician. A new wrinkle has also appeared: Florida congressman Matt Gaetz cast a vote for former President Donald Trump during the seventh and eighth ballots.
Kevin McCarthy still isn’t House speaker. How long will this go on?
- Jeffery Jenkins - professor of public policy and political science at USC, co-author of the book “Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government”