US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (centre) in the House chamber in Washington, US, on January 6. McCarthy was elected speaker on January 7 after a historic deadlock. Photo: Xinhua
US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (centre) in the House chamber in Washington, US, on January 6. McCarthy was elected speaker on January 7 after a historic deadlock. Photo: Xinhua
Thomas O. Falk
Opinion

Opinion

Thomas O. Falk

US House speaker debacle forces Republican Party to contend with far-right faction of its own making

  • Hardline Republicans were able to repeatedly block Kevin McCarthy’s bid, forcing him to make heavy concessions
  • Their actions signal the triumph of an ultraconservative movement within the party that has been nurtured for decades

US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (centre) in the House chamber in Washington, US, on January 6. McCarthy was elected speaker on January 7 after a historic deadlock. Photo: Xinhua
US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (centre) in the House chamber in Washington, US, on January 6. McCarthy was elected speaker on January 7 after a historic deadlock. Photo: Xinhua
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