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GOP unites around McCarthy’s replacement, a nameless and faceless thing

Conservative rebellion against Kevin McCarthy continues, with a small but significant group of members declaring themselves a hard “no”. If even a handful of holdouts don’t crack, McCarthy will face an impossible math problem. Republicans will have to produce someone else; McCarthy’s allies call him “the phantom conservative”. The Thing That Was Not. Kevin McCarthy wasn’t even real!

It was pure fiction, the product of sick minds — like the notion of a minority leader who would be able to withstand Donald Trump’s disapproval. These people were keeping their powder dry and their options open just to spite him.