Campaign 2010

Jun 19, 2014

Clock is Ticking: House Republicans Already Counting Down to Next ‘Leadership’ Election

Clock is Ticking: House Republicans Already Counting Down to Next ‘Leadership’ Election


Even before the ink dries on the results of Republicans’ internal elections to anoint their next leaders, speculation is already mounting that the election is only temporary – and won’t be enough to satisfy the House members who want to take their caucus even further outside the mainstream and make the Tea Party takeover even more official.

“We learned one thing from House Republicans’ election: you can change the names on the doors, but the force driving the agenda remains the same, and the Tea Party will keep insisting on pulling this Congress further outside the mainstream,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans are truly disconnected from reality if they think Americans want more of their irresponsible government shutdowns and efforts to stack the deck for the ultra-wealthy and special interests at the expense of the middle class.”

In fact, new polling out this week shows that under House Republicans, the public’s confidence in Congress is at 7 percent – the lowest rating for any institution in the four decade history of the poll.

See for yourself.

NBC’s First Read: “As House Republicans pick new leaders in the wake of Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat last week, our new NBC/WSJ poll finds that the Tea Party is in a VERY different place on key issues -- than both non-Tea Party Republicans and the general population. It's a stunning contrast.” [NBC’s First Read, 6/19/14]

The Hill: “A Gallup survey released Thursday found the public has the least amount of confidence in Congress than 16 other institutions polled. Congress scored more than 10 points lower than the nearest institutions — television news (18 percent) and Internet news (19 percent). The 7 percent rating is the lowest rating for any institution Gallup has recorded in the last 40 years. That is down from the previous low of 10 percent last year.” [The Hill, 6/19/14

National Journal: “Disillusionment runs deep in today’s House Republican Conference. Members across the ideological spectrum are frustrated with the policy-making process under Speaker John Boehner and tired of the feuding between factions. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss provided an opportunity to address both issues by bringing fresh blood into the leadership and pressing something of a reset button. But Thursday’s election is unlikely to calm the waters. In fact, things might get a whole lot rockier with November’s conference elections looming on the horizon.” [National Journal, 6/18/14]

Politico: “Because of that, not much will get done this summer, senior GOP aides say. The foremost priority will be for the new GOP leaders to solidify their position in the conference. Immigration reform is a pipe dream. Don’t expect any of the newly elected leaders to pass a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, despite support for the measure from Boeing and Big Business. Instead, the new leaders will be focused on self-preservation.” [Politico, 6/18/14]