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The Republican Party is stumbling through the wilderness without clear leaders

The Republican Party is stumbling through the wilderness without clear leaders

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“It’s a little embarrassing that it’s taking so long and the way they’re treating each other,” Mr. Biden said of House Republicans on Wednesday as he left the White House. “What I’m focused on is getting things done.”

Republican unrest has spilled over to places like the Ohio Statehouse, where state Rep. Jason Stevens, a moderate Republican, joined with Democrats this week to wrest the speakership from state Rep. Derek Merrin, who co-sponsored some of the most the conservative laws of the chamber. The surprise result reflected the inability of the Republican caucus to rally behind a single candidate despite holding a two-thirds majority.

The Republican National Committee also faces questions about Ms. McDaniel’s leadership. Like Mr. McCarthy, she predicted big wins ahead of the November election and is now being challenged by Harmit Dillon of California, an RNC member who says there should be consequences for the party’s failure to meet expectations.

Both Republican conflicts have divided the conservative news media, with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson supporting the rebels while his prime-time colleagues urged Republicans to rally behind Mr. McCarthy.

As in the House, the RNC battle is not about conservative bona fides or fundraising prowess or even loyalty to Mr. Trump. Ms. Dillon’s case against Ms. McDaniel is that the party did not perform strongly enough in November — and that if more Republicans had won in competitive House races, Mr. McCarthy would not have been beholden to members. who are hostage to his attempt to be a speaker.

For House Republicans on both sides of the speaker’s drama, one big question is how their constituents are reacting. Representative Darin LaHood, a McCarthy supporter who represents a conservative district in central and northern Illinois, said “there is no support in my district for what these guys are doing.”

Martha Zoeller, a conservative radio host in Northeast Georgia, said she had heard from several local party organizations this week that were upset with Rep. Andrew Clyde, the district’s Republican congressman, because of his opposition to Mr. McCarthy.

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