With John Boehner’s announcement that he is stepping down as House Speaker, the future of the Republican Party is now up in the air. Last night, GOP members of the House met to talk about the path ahead.
While there is a leadership battle about to commence, Republicans did not make any decisions at the meeting. Instead, it was a chance for each member to speak for a few minutes and hopefully air out any differences they may have with others in their party.
Basically the gathering amounted to a “family meeting” or “family discussion” where everyone had an opportunity to say what was on their minds. Before votes are cast on who should step in as House Speaker, there have to be a lot of sifting.
Boehner’s announcement set off a fury of activity among hopefuls hoping to rise in the GOP ranks. The last thing the Republican Party can afford is a long and divisive leadership battle that tears the GOP apart from the inside.
The gathering took place just as part rifts have begun to split wide open. One of the reasons Boehner resigned is because the conservatives in his party have been questioning his ability to lead. Now that he is out, those concerns have shifted to whomever might replace him.
While Boehner was not present during last night’s sit down, several GOP favorites to take the roles of speaker, majority leader, and whip were, although they largely kept quiet during the meeting. They include Kevin McCarthy of California, Daniel Webster of Florida, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Tom Price of Georgia, Pete Sessions of Texas, and Dennis Ross of Florida.