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The GOP Looks Incapable of Governing
Rep. Matt Gaetz on Jan. 3, 2022 (Guardian News/YouTube)

The Republican Party looks incapable of governing (they make for a great alternative to reality TV, though).

The encore to the sore-loseritis of 2020 and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2022 involves the House majority being unable to pick a speaker. Hakeem Jeffries now stands as the king vote-getter among the candidates, volunteer and conscripted, for speaker.

Should the GOP choose, say, Steve Scalise instead of Kevin McCarthy, then maybe conservatives agree in hindsight that this all worked out in the end.

But with Democrats in control of the Senate and the presidency, why, at this time, play such high-stakes poker?

The upside of capturing the speakership for someone more palatable than McCarthy appears, at least at this time, much smaller than the downside of handing over the gavel to Hakeem Jeffries or — huh! — Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, or some other middle finger the Democrats insert, with the help of a handful of Republicans, in the very middle of the chamber.

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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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