This would be an interesting. A co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus as Speaker?
In order to get things even close to in order in Congress it’s going to take a few election cycles. Jim Jordan in the Speaker’s chair might move things along quite a bit. Of course the GOP has to hold the House, and as we explained yesterday, all of official Washington says the House is going to Dems in November.
But just in case it doesn’t…
Rep. Jim Jordan, a prominent and polarizing conservative leader, said Friday he is strongly considering a run for House speaker in a bid that could upend the race to succeed Paul D. Ryan.
“There is no speaker’s race right now. Paul Ryan is the speaker,” said Jordan (R-Ohio). “If and when there is, I’ve been urged by colleagues to consider that and I am definitely open to that. Right now though the focus has got to be on the next six months, us keeping the majority.”
Jordan, 54, is a former champion college wrestler who co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-line faction of about three dozen conservative lawmakers that could play a kingmaker role in any leadership race to come. Its members have been highly critical of the GOP leadership, especially after last month’s vote to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.
I love the adjectives the Post uses, “polarizing” and “hard line.” Please. Jordan’s way closer to “mainstream” in reality than people like Nancy Pelosi or Keith Ellison.