During the House GOP’s closed caucus Friday, purportedly problem-solving, chaos-hating moderate Dusty Johnson gave the nominating speech for radical right-wing insurrectionist Jim Jordan to be Speaker of the House. Johnson, who said government shutdowns are “stupid“, endorsed Jordan, who founded the Freedom Caucus that brought us to the brink of a government shutdown last month and who just last week threatened another government shutdown.
Johnson issued this self-contradictory and blinkered endorsement for a rankly partisan reason:
“I would tell you, Jim Jordan has the best chance to unify this conference of any other leader we’ve got.”
Johnson delivered the nomination speech for Jordan on Friday.
“Jim Jordan is gonna give us the best opportunity to get things done during the 118th Congress. This is an unruly bunch,” Johnson said [Ashley Murray, Jennifer Shutt, and Samantha Dietel, “Jordan Latest Speaker Nominee After SD’s Johnson Delivers Nominating Speech,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.10.13].
Yeah, never mind any bipartisan boilerplate Johnson might wish to bolt onto his vaunted Problem Solvers Caucus; Johnson ignores the prospect of working with Democrats to nominate an acceptable bipartisan speaker and instead thinks the only objective of a speaker is to unify his party’s slim and unruly majority. Johnson ignores the warning of the more consistently sensible Republican Liz Cheney that a Jordan Speakership would imperil both the Constitution and the Republican majority.
With Israel and Gaza on fire (and the rest of the world not far behind), the House is waiting until Tuesday to vote on electing a new Speaker, giving coup-plotter Jordan and quisling Johnson time to make phone calls to restore party unity and get the House back to work… not that Jordan and his Freedom Caucus intend to do any real work.