Wednesday, February 1, 2023

How to Crash a Party (US Version)

n an event not seen for over a century, the Republican Party, which held a majority in the United States House of Representatives, entered a crisis over the election of the Speaker of the House, a fundamental condition for it to operate. . Hand of legislative power.

The narrow majority achieved in November’s elections has allowed a small group of ultras on the right to disrupt what was normal for decades. Worth highlighting this part, the mess was not due to the clash of two candidates wanting to take the same position, but the contempt of some twenty elected Congressmen to propose him as leader. What’s more, in protest they voted for a Congressman who voted for a Congressman the rebels hate.

This crisis reflects a party without leadership, with no common legislative agenda and no vision for the country they want.

A sign of the times and not only in the United States, but the Republican Party also has today given itself over to one man, Donald Trump, abandoning many of its principles and historical reasons for gaining power six years ago, a power that They were refused since the arrival of Barack Obama. It is also true that the first signs of a rupture had been noticed a few years earlier with the formation of groups such as the “Tea Party”, but nothing was as significant as Trumpism and the advent of the extreme right in key positions in some states. Cities and now to the House of Representatives.

A leader despised by perceived fellow party members is a good example of identity destruction in the party. Kevin McCarthy wanted to play all sides, posing as a loyal Trump supporter who was later exposed as a traitor to the former president and who wanted to infiltrate the Republican leadership without principle. But this is not what the rebel group is demanding, rather they want to weaken the Chamber’s leadership to give more power to small fractions within the party. Trump himself asked the absentee congressmen to vote for McCarthy, but that didn’t work either. What has been said: There is no leadership now.

As of the time this message was sent to the newsroom, it was not clear how they would resolve the glitch. One thing was and is clear: The Republican Party is in very serious trouble going forward.

carlos puig

@puigcarlos

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