The Democratic Party must dominate the table to maintain power as the battle for the majority in the House of Representatives narrows to a few seats. Nobody anticipates them to, thus some Democrats and Republicans have begun to propose a different tactic.
The Dems are advising Kevin McCarthy to reach a deal with them in order to retain his Speakership because the final House margin may just be 1 or 2 votes and McCarthy is already under pressure from within the GOP.
On social media, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) first proposed the concept: “Just cut a deal with the Dems, Kevin. Whatever you get from the Freedom Caucus will not be worth it. The odds will be good but the goods will be odd.”
Just cut a deal with the Dems Kevin. Whatever you get from Freedom Caucus will not be worth it. The odds will be good but the goods will be odd. https://t.co/CZDWY1yyfO— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) November 10, 2022
The Washington Examiner talked to several Democratic representatives about bridging the ideological divide and collaborating with Kevin or another Republican to become Speaker.
“Either you can be Speaker for two years and go cash out on Wall Street or be Speaker for three months and get pushed out by the Freedom Caucus.”
Another Democrat stated that hiring Kevin would be preferable to have Majorie Taylor Greene or Jim Jordan serve as Speaker.
Then, a centrist Democrat proposed a strategy that Democrats are secretly discussing: elect Liz Cheney as Speaker to exact the ultimate form of retaliation against Trump.
“Under no circumstances would just about any Dem ever vote for someone who has downplayed Jan. 6. I’m one of the most bipartisan people in the place, and the thought of supporting Kevin makes me laugh. It’s an insane proposition to consider supporting someone like him. I would never do that. No Dem with principles and a belief in democracy would ever do that, the Dem representative said.
The Representative further stated that, in the event that Kevin was unable to secure enough votes, there are already discussions in private about voting for Liz Cheney and convincing a sizable group of supporters from all sides to do so as a rebuke to Trumpism.