House speaker ‘chaos’ could benefit Dems as race stretches into new week
The chaos within the House of Representatives over the race for the speakership could benefit Democrats as the race stretches into a new week. With the Republican candidates unable to break the logjam, it is likely that the election will go to a second ballot, or even a third. The longer the battle goes, the more likely Democrats will have a chance to intervene in a negotiations process that could eventually lead them to a deal and secure a meaningful voice in the new leadership. In addition, such prolonged chaos could weaken the already politically divided Republican majority and potentially weaken the already haphazardly maneuverable policies of the current administration. Ultimately, any chaos created could cause political disruption that may open up a path for Democrats to capitalize on in the next election cycle.