As tensions between the White House and Congress reach a fever pitch, hard-liners on Capitol Hill are reportedly binding forces to push for replacing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy with a younger, more conservative deputy.
The private discussions, reported by Politico, come ahead of a potential government shutdown that could be the result of Congress’ failure to pass a spending bill by October 1st. It is believed McCarthy’s more moderate stance on issues such as immigration and government spending have alienated the most conservative Republican lawmakers. He thus risks holding up the process in efforts to strike a bipartisan compromise.
The discussion appears to be centered around who would replace McCarthy. Possible candidates include House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, Republican National Committee head Ronna McDaniel and Georgia Rep. Tom Graves. Scalise, Republican Whip and his Dep. Chief of Staff is reportedly the favorite choice from the Republican hard-liners.
This is ultimately a move meant to appeal to the most conservative members of the party in order to pass the spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Given the state of the nation and how much is at stake, Republican leadership appears to be willing to make significant changes in the pursuit of their priorities.
That being said, many Republicans see McCarthy as a leader who is willing to compromise as well as a major asset to the party. The decision to replace him could have far-reaching implications and could have an overall negative effect for the Republican Party.
It is a difficult decision with a lot at stake, and incoming developments will no doubt highlight the path the party plans to take going forward.