Kevin McCarthy's Waking Nightmare Worsens As Democrats To Unanimously Name New Leaders
Kevin McCarthy still can't find 218 votes to be the next Speaker, but House Democrats will unanimously agree on their new leadership.
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In political science, several general indicators can be used to measure a party’s cohesion and health. My specialization is in public policy, but my graduate research also focused on leadership and how external populist movements can impact the policy process to create change through the passage of new laws.
Currently, we have two very different political parties in the United States.
Consider the difference in the House between how the Democratic and Republican caucuses are handling their leadership elections.
House Democrats will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. to vote on their leadership for the next Congress. This is essentially a coronation for the 52-year-old Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts will be the minority whip, succeeding current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Hoyer has been the number two House Democrat for 20 years as well. Rep. Pete Aguilar of California will move up to Democratic Caucus chair. And current House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina will be the assistant Democratic leader, but lower in the hierarchy than his current post. All are running unopposed.
Multiple Democrats told us they expect that the top four spots – Jeffries, Clark, Aguilar and Clyburn – will be agreed to by unanimous consent.
Democrats will not even need to hold a vote. The entire caucus unanimously agrees on the new team.
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