Kevin McCarthy is vowing to stay in the race for Speaker of the House, but at this point that looks like a losing proposition.
The question has been put up to a vote more than half a dozen times and McCarthy has lost every time.
How much longer is this going to go on?
Breitbart News reports:
Kevin McCarthy Vows to Stay in Speakership Race
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Thursday vowed to remain in the speakership race despite failing to secure enough support during multiple rounds of voting.
When CNN asked him when he would realize he is short of the needed votes to become speaker, McCarthy replied, “After I win.”
McCarthy also addressed the gridlock on the House floor. Twenty House conservatives have opposed him through every round of voting for three days.
“It’s all going to be this way until an agreement comes,” McCarthy defiantly said:
For McCarthy to win the speakership vote, he must convince 16 Republicans to back him. His margin of error is four votes if all Democrats show up and vote on the House floor.
McCarthy has tried to negotiate with conservatives. He conceded more than 15 requests from the conservative holdouts to become speaker, though his critics claim some of the concessions are not enforceable.
Asked at what point will he make a realization that the outcome won’t change, McCarthy told me: “After I win.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 5, 2023
Should he step aside? Some people think so.
Leader McCarthy should withdraw from the speaker race and use his influence to help select a consensus candidate. #Speakerofthehousevote #Republican #LeadershipMatters #KevinMcCarthy pic.twitter.com/Ef4J8w3Kw1
— Dr. Carol M. Swain (@carolmswain) January 6, 2023
Kevin McCarthy just lost the 10th vote.
Time for him to step down.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) January 5, 2023
Kevin McCarthy has now lost 11 votes to be Speaker.
We don’t need the status quo for Speaker.
Who here wants to see McCarthy step aside? ✋
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) January 6, 2023
The opposition doesn’t seem like it’s about to change its mind.