Two Days of Voting…Still No Speaker of The House

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Well, this is a little bit worrisome.

For the first time in 100 years, literally, the US Congress has failed to elect a Speaker of the House within the first three votes.  As it stands at the time of this writing, (nearly the wee hours on the east coast), GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy has endured six before the session was mercifully adjourned.

The spectacle has lasted two entire days.

Six rounds of voting over Tuesday and Wednesday failed to elect a speaker after a faction of House Republicans refused to back McCarthy, denying him the simple majority needed.

House Republicans flailed through a long second day of fruitless balloting Wednesday, unable to either elect their leader Kevin McCarthy as House speaker or come up with a new strategy to end the political chaos that has tarnished the start of their new majority.

Yet McCarthy wasn’t giving up, even after the fourth, fifth and sixth votes produced no better outcome and he was left trying to call off a nighttime session. Even that was controversial, as the House voted 216-214 — amid shouting and crowding — to adjourn for the night.

“No deal yet,” McCarthy said shortly before that as he left a lengthy closed-door dinnertime meeting with key holdouts and his own allies. “But a lot of progress.”

No progress at all was evident though the day of vote after vote after vote as Republicans tried to elevate McCarthy into the top job. The ballots produced almost the same outcome, 20 conservative holdouts still refusing to support him and leaving him far short of the 218 typically needed to win the gavel.

And also:

In fact, McCarthy saw his support slip to 201, as one fellow Republican switched to vote simply present.

The fiasco will begin again on Thursday, right where it left off, it seems.