‘The Diciest Thing’ Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan Are Battling Over

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For years, a rotating cast of House GOP leaders have shared a fatal flaw: an inclination to only address their most immediate problems.

In January, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the speaker’s gavel partially through this approach. In order to win over conservative detractors, he acquiesced to their demands to make it easier to remove him, creating a problem he knew he’d face one day. Sure enough, 10 months later, those McCarthy critics took advantage of the change to take him out.

But as Republicans battle over who will be their next speaker—Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), or perhaps someone else—their problems are all converging at once. And to solve one problem, they may need to address all of them.

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