(Washington, DC — January 5, 2015) – On January 6, Republicans will take control of both the House and Senate for the first time in nearly a decade. Their majorities will be clear.
Deciding who will be their Speaker is not as clear.
The 114th Congress’ House will consist of 246 Republicans and 188 Democrats. The 435th member, New York Republican Michael Grimm, resigned today after being charged with 20 counts of misconduct related to felony tax fraud.
But Republicans are learning that controlling Congress doesn’t necessarily mean the enemy is anyone from an opposing party. Republican infighting may bring down the lovable, chain-smoking Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) before he gets to enjoy a solidified majority.
“Many don’t like [Boehner] because he doesn’t appear to be conservative enough,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And they believe that you’re either ultra-conservative or you’re pro-Obama. And being pro-Obama is embracing both Obamacare and the Devil.”
Indeed, President Obama (D-IL/Kenya) is a polarizing figure that is easy for opponents to rally against. But he’s not even in the middle of this fight. Republicans lost Boehner’s lieutenant – House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) – during the 2014 primaries, and now may be preparing for an unprecedented wholesale change in leadership.
“Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be Senate Majority Leader tomorrow,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And he’s said his priority is to show average, ordinary, everyday Americans that Republicans aren’t as ‘scary’ as they may seem. Given this controversy from Day One, I think Average, ordinary, everyday Americans will see they have plenty to be scared about.”