Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) recently offered her perspective on the state of the slim Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives following the news of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing his impending departure from Congress.
Expressing concern over the ramifications of McCarthy’s exit, Greene predicted that by 2024, the Republican Party might have a mere one-seat majority in the House. She highlighted the consequences of internal divisions, particularly referencing the expulsion of members from within the party, emphasizing the impact on the GOP’s ability to maintain control in the House.
Greene voiced the sentiment of many Republican voters, stating that the party was elected to lead, not to witness internal conflict that could potentially jeopardize their standing in the House. Additionally, she expressed her hope for a cohesive approach, subtly alluding to the seriousness of the situation by mentioning the need to avoid any potential tragedy within the party.
Following McCarthy’s decision to resign and Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-OH) anticipated departure, the House GOP faces a challenge. With the Republican majority hanging by a thread, McCarthy’s departure significantly limits the margin for error, leaving little room for defections when passing party-line legislation.
The ousting of McCarthy from his role as Speaker, orchestrated by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the House GOP, was a pivotal moment that culminated in Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) stepping into the role. However, this internal shift preceded McCarthy’s surprising announcement of his exit, adding further uncertainty to the Republican leadership structure in the House.
The recent expulsion vote regarding former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) showcased a deep schism within the Republican Party. While 105 Republicans voted to expel Santos, a significant number, 112 members, refrained from supporting his removal, citing concerns about the repercussions of such an unprecedented action. Many lawmakers cautioned against the move, fearing the potential weaponization of expulsion votes as political tools, especially when the member in question hasn’t been convicted of any crime.
Several Republican representatives echoed concerns about setting a dangerous precedent by deviating from the established norms regarding expulsion, emphasizing that expulsion should ideally follow a conviction for a crime or treason, aligning with historical precedents. As the Republican Party braces for the special election to fill Santos’s seat, the stakes are high, with hopes pinned on securing their slim majority in the House during the crucial 2024 elections.