Less than 48 hours after Kevin McCarthy's fall from the summit of the House, the rumor mills are flushed with spin and gratuitous speculation. We'll now join the fray with our own observations from several reliable media sources.
John Gizzi, of Newsmax is a longtime capitol reporter with endless connections in the halls of legislative power. He lists 3 top contenders; Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, and Kevin Hern.
Gizzi believes Hern Could heal the factions.
A few narratives have changed since late Tuesday afternnon. When the interim speaker took over duties, the first thing he did was adjourn congress until next Tuesday. This allowed important leadership planning to go behind close doors and give diplomacy a better environment for healing the Republican Conference.
Newt Gingrich is living out his flashback to when Steve Largent and Tom Coburn eventually pushed him out of the healm, in 1998. Newt needs to own his moral failings and go see a good therapist. The Pelosi rule, preventing a motion to vacate the Speakership by a member, needs to remain as it has been for over 200 years.