Republicans have been bickering over McCarthy's removal
Republicans have been bickering over the tactics of the eight insurgents behind Kevin McCarthy's removal. AFP

The political reaction to the impeachment of House Speaker Kevin McCarty has ignited a political firestorm in the country. Politics in the U.S. have entered uncharted territory, according to a consensus expressed by pundits and experts.

The first to express their displeasure were the same Republicans who criticized the actions of the group of 8 lawmakers who pushed for the ouster of Speaker McCarty from the third position in the presidential line of succession.

The discontent within the Republican Party was expressed in the words of Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), who said that a small group of members in coordination with the radical left-wing socialist squad are trying to derail the conservative agenda of the GOP.

His chief of staff, Cesar González, emailed The Latin Times a Díaz-Balart's message saying that "Speaker McCarthy has demonstrated his ability to unite the GOP, keep his promise to pass the strongest border security bill, and push back against the Biden Administration's wasteful spending, regulatory overreach, and woke agenda."

The words of Congressman Díaz-Balart, who did not vote for McCarthy's impeachment, show his party's concern about internal divisions that could benefit the Democrats.

This is exactly what Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was asked by his Republican colleagues when they accused him of fomenting chaos in the party.

Experts point out that the Democrats' vote against McCarthy is intended to plunge the Republican Party into division and internal confrontation.

In this way, they intend to deepen the internal differences of their opponent in a strategy that seeks to counteract the threat of a split in their party in the face of the presidential elections.

Democrats are very concerned that the launch of Democratic Senator Robert Kennedy Jr's presidential candidacy could repeat the same scenario that gave George Bush the victory over Albert Gore.

The pundits argue that given the close tie between Trump and Biden shown in the polls, Kennedy Jr.'s third party candidacy would attract more Democratic votes than Republican votes, thus ensuring the defeat of the official Democratic nominee.

Steve Scalise
Steve Scalise, the Republican whip in the US House of Representatives, could step up if Kevin McCarthy fails to obtain the votes to be speaker in 2023; Scalise is seen here speaking on November 15, 2022 Mandel NGAN/AFP

According to their analysis, Democratic strategists would seek to create a split in the GOP that would allow some sectors not to support the winner of the Republican primary.

For his part, former President Donald Trump spoke in favor of party unity.

Trump wondered on the social network Truth Social "why we Republicans continue in internal wars instead of uniting and fighting against the destruction of the USA by Joe Biden's government."

For other analysts, the move by the Republican radicals is aimed at paralyzing the government so that it cannot pass the budget that would allow it to advance its agenda on vital issues. This is the case with the funding of the war in Ukraine.

How strong the party's cohesion is at this point to withstand the Democrats' strategy will be seen in the process of selecting McCarthy's successor.

Another reaction to the unusual move inside the US Congress is that not only the budget to avoid a government shutdown is taking a back seat to the urgency of renewing the new Speaker of the House.

The investigation of President Biden, which could also lead to his impeachment, has been buried until McCarthy's successor is chosen.

For now, the candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring are House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the second House Republican, who announced his candidacy, as did Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. A third member, Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hern, told the Texas delegation that he planned to run as well as he laid the groundwork for a campaign.

Jordan's notorious closeness to Trump suggests that former president is behind his Ohio congressman.

Even Trump's name sounded like a possible unity formula for the party. Congressman Greg Steube, (R-Fla) proposed it in a conversation with Fox news, but the former president himself does not seem interested.

Other voices expressed concern about the stability of the institutions in the current difficult times. In the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal under the title Republicans cut off their own heads said "the crazy left and right are cheering, but no one else is."

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