Chaffetz to challenge McCarthy for House Speaker?

Chaffetz to challenge McCarthy for House Speaker?
Jason Chaffetz

What a silly idea, electing a man Speaker who’s just 48 years old and has been in the House for a mere six years. What we need is an experienced hand like Kevin McCarthy, who’s 50 years old and has been in the House for eight years.

Politico calls Chaffetz’s bid a longshot. Is it?

The CW this week is that McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe was a gift to Hillary Clinton but it’s also a gift to House conservatives who are looking for a foothold in electing Boehner’s successor. You won’t convince the centrists in the caucus that McCarthy’s too squishy to rule but you might convince them that he’s a political liability whom the GOP can’t risk having as a major spokesman during next year’s death match with the Clintons. All tea partiers need to mount a challenge is a candidate. Hensarling won’t do it, Jordan won’t do it, Ryan won’t do it. Jason Chaffetz? He’ll do it, allegedly.

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