“We need somebody to get us 247,” McCarthy said in an extensive interview with POLITICO Thursday, referring to the total number of House Republicans. “And I was never going to be able to get 247.”
The majority leader’s longtime allies — the people he recruited and helped get elected to Congress — told him they were getting hammered back home, and that it would be difficult to back him on the House floor.
Other friends said McCarthy’s pursuit of the speaker’s gavel had become a staggering weight on his shoulders and was already starting to change him.
Conservatives — namely members of the House Freedom Caucus — were making demands he believed he simply couldn’t deliver on.
And, of course, there was Benghazi. The California Republican’s monumental blunder…
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