In a surprising move, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker following John Boehner’s resignation. Elizabeth Sanders, an election expert and professor of government, says McCarthy’s exit could make it harder for the GOP to find a presidential candidate and message they can rally behind.
“This does not bode well for the Republican Party, coming on top of a too-large and diverse field of presidential candidates, among whom the three at the top are outsiders without a party record, or any experience in elected office, uncontrollable by the party elite, and unpredictable.
“For the party leaders and big donors who - according to political scientists - control presidential nominations from behind the scenes, this candidate array and the fracturing of the party in the House suggests things are out of control, and it will be hard for the GOP to find a presidential candidate and message they can rally behind.
“Good news for the Democrats, if they nominate their party favorite, Hillary Clinton, or the acceptable second choice, Vice President Joe Biden.”