Speculation is building that Speaker Paul Ryan may be ousted from his leadership position in the House before his final term expires in November. In the three-way race to replace Ryan between Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Ohio’s Jim Jordan, as second in command, Kevin McCarthy would assume the Speaker role if Ryan were to step down now. That would give him a good chance to retain the powerful position after November, assuming Republicans can hold onto the House.
With Ryan’s lame duck status, he no longer has any clout to keep his membership in line, while an early departure may prove to be a mixed blessing on whoever assumes leadership of the House for the remaining months of this term. More