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NextImg:Reese Gorman says 'not many lessons learned' in scramble for speaker


The Washington Examiner's Reese Gorman predicted that House Republicans will have a lot to learn before settling on a new speaker.

Gorman appeared on C-SPAN on Saturday to offer his analysis of the anticipated election for speaker of the House. His appearance came after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) failed his third election for the position and ultimately withdrew as the nominee. Now, seven others are vying to be nominated on Monday and hold at least the first election on Tuesday. Saturday was the 18th day without a speaker, and Jordan was the second nominee to bow out.

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"It seems there has not been many lessons learned," Gorman said of the GOP conference. "Ultimately, at the end of the day, if the conference has not learned they need to coalesce around a candidate, then there will not be a speaker. Because it only takes four people to block anybody from becoming the speaker because you have such slim margins."

Among those in the running so far are Reps. Kevin Hern (R-OK), Austin Scott (R-GA), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Jack Bergman (R-MI), and House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN). Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who most recently held the position after 15 elections, has endorsed Emmer.

Previous nominees Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Jordan have not issued endorsements. Jordan has floated his approval of allowing Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who is currently the speaker pro tempore, more powers in his acting role. According to Gorman, any one of these nominees will struggle to rally support despite their likability.

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"It is very hard, especially in a conference where members have been OK with the fact of blocking procedural motions and holding out until they get what they want," Gorman said. "And compromise is not a word this conference likes. If you compromise, if you maybe give just a little bit ... people don't like that."

For now, the House of Representatives can't perform any business, including addressing a looming government shutdown deadline of Nov. 17, until it elects a new speaker.