This Is Why 5 House Republicans Will Never Cross Over And Vote For Hakeem Jeffries
It is a fantasy that 5 House Republicans will cross party lines and vote for Hakeem Jeffries to be the next speaker. Here's why.
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It Would Be So Easy To Put An End To This With 5 Republican Votes
I get it. The simple and obvious solution to the Republican-caused Speaker of the House mess would be for five House Republicans to join with Democrats and vote for Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries to be speaker.
Neat and easy. All done.
The House would function again, and Americans could put MAGA back in its dark little corner and far away from power.
It is easy for the rest of us, but for those five House Republicans, it would be career suicide.
Donald Trump is a bully who rules the Republican Party through fear and punishing those who get out of line.
Senators have much more power than House members. Senators win statewide races. Senators have their own fundraising and their own large constituencies. There is a reason why Trump has not been able to hurt Mitch McConnell. The Senate Republican leader is too powerful for Trump to touch.
House Republicans are a different story.
They operate in districts of hundreds of thousands of people. House members are up for reelection every two years. Every day involves planning for the next election.
Any House Republican who crosses over and votes for Jeffries is going to earn the full wrath of Trump, who will primary them, raise money for their opponent, and come to their district to campaign against them.
A House Republican who votes for Jeffries unless they decide to retire or resign will be ending their House career.
It is much safer for House Republicans to take their chances in a general election against a Democratic opponent in the fall than face certain doom by getting primaried.
How does the House ever function again?
We will discuss the likely outcome if the crisis continues below.
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