The notion of former President George W. Bush potentially assuming the role of Speaker of the House was suggested by Brad Sherman, a Democratic Congressman from California.
Sherman emphasized the possibility of his return. “He could come back. Obviously, I’m not a real fan of how the Iraq War went, but I would think that any reasonable Republican would be somebody that Democrats could work with — if it was part of a system where you didn’t have five of the most extreme Republicans blocking important legislation and saying, ‘If you bring that to the floor for a vote, we’ll knock you out of your Speakership.’”
Sherman expressed his opinion that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who has been selected by the GOP conference, would be “among one of the worst Speakers that we could have,” he did add that he believed Jordan would be good for Democrats because he would be a “disaster” in his opinion.
Following the removal of Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Republican legislators have had difficulties in selecting a successor for the position of Speaker of the House.
The initial preference of the GOP conference, Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA), was selected through a closed-door process towards the end of last week, but subsequently withdrew from consideration.
Currently, Representative Jim Jordan, a member of the Republican Party representing Ohio’s congressional district, has been selected as the preferred candidate by the House Republican Conference. However, he is encountering resistance from moderate Republicans within the party.
Former President Bush is not currently serving as a member of Congress, and he has not held any political office since January 2009. However, it is important to note that eligibility for the position of Speaker of the House does not need one to be a member of the House of Representatives.
Politico reported about the movement to draft Trump as Speaker.
“Just hours after Kevin McCarthy was deposed as House speaker, the “draft Trump” movement began.”
“I called him and I said, ‘Sir, I’m nominating you for the speaker of the House,’” said Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), describing a Tuesday call to former President Donald Trump. “I said, ‘I think that you would do a great job fixing the brokenness we see in the Congress.’”
So began a wild 48-hour scramble that saw Trump openly pondering a quixotic bid to become the first nonmember to be elected speaker before his political advisers and House allies managed to convince him it was a terrible idea.
The Trump-for-speaker bubble officially popped early Friday morning, when he took sides in the brewing battle between Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.).
“Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”
In the end, according to Politico, Trump’s senior aides told him it was a mistake to run for Speaker and that the plan could backfire, so he didn’t.
Early in October, an inquiry was directed towards Jordan over his potential inclination towards pursuing the position of House Speaker subsequent to the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) through a momentous vote on Tuesday.
Jordan has consistently garnered support from House conservatives and holds membership in the Freedom Caucus. However, it is noteworthy that he chose to advocate for McCarthy during the recent vote.
In January, he expressed support for McCarthy and delivered a nomination speech in favor of him, even though there were instances where those who opposed McCarthy nominated the individual himself on many occasions.
Due to his widespread support within the Republican conference, he has emerged as a prominent candidate for the Speaker role, garnering nominations from several members of Congress as a potential replacement for McCarthy.
When queried by journalists regarding his perspective on the subject, Jordan expressed admiration for McCarthy and responded enigmatically when questioned about the possibility of a candidacy. The reporter inquired about the level of disappointment experienced in relation to the events that transpired in this context.
“I thought it was unfair to Kevin,” Jordan answered. “Kevin, I think, has done a fine job. He and I came in together; he’s a good man, and he didn’t deserve this in my judgement.”
Subsequently, a CNN reporter inquired as to whether Jordan possessed any inclination in pursuing candidacy for the vacant seat. Jordan responded by stating that “That’s a decision for the conference,” Jordan replied. “So you’re open to it?” The CNN reporter then asked.
Jordan chose to refrain from speaking after that and departed from the scene.
During his interview on Hannity, Jordan reiterated his response by expressing his intention to defer the issue to the Republican conference.
In the event that George Bush is elected as Speaker (not going to happen), he would most likely declare war on Iraq over their ‘nucular’ weapons ambitions.
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