The Gaetz of Republican Hell

The Gaetz of Republican Hell

The eight House Republicans who ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy two weeks ago are getting exactly what they expected, whether they knew it or not. The instigator, the representative from Florida. Matt Gaetz, thinks a better president would be Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. But on Friday, Mr. Jordan lost another vote, making it three this week, first with 20 defections, then 22 and finally 25.

Some Jordan dissidents are still angry about the lousy treatment of Mr. McCarthy and the conference’s second choice, Rep. Steve Scalise. Others seem to believe that Mr. Jordan is too much of a firebrand to serve as party leader. The no vote on Friday included half of the Republicans in districts carried by President Biden in 2020. Mr. Jordan lost ground despite some notable sausage-making attempts.

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With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class. After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim. Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
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