He (Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy) suggested that if that happens some Democrats might not support Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be speaker, and might instead opt to vote with Republicans to pursue their priorities.
… “Why do you think that if we don’t win 39, we still couldn’t be able to get speaker?”
His musings suggest the GOP is looking at options to make now-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) the speaker of the House by pursuing a coalition with Democrats….
When I was in California, Willie Brown convinced someone a Republican in the State Assembly to switch allegiances and support Brown for speaker…which allowed Brown to remain speaker. And there was that debacle in New York State where two Democratic State Senators switched allegiances and made a Republican the Senate Majority Leader (temporarily).
Is there any precedent for this at the federal level? Or is this guy smoking tea?
Update. I forgot about Jeffords. Duh.
But McCarthy suggests that this could be done with 5 or so Democrats switching allegiances. Is there any precedent for anything on that scale?