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McCarthy speaker contest reveals a still-incoherent, unruly party.

The House GOP has shown itself to still suffer from the incoherence and ungovernability that has been central to Republican politics, with rare exception, since 2013. The four-days of public humiliation that McCarthy endured through 13 failed votes to pick a new speaker laid bare the challenge. McCarthy argues that the GOP lacks a path to a national majority without keeping the two wings of Republican politics — the election-denying populists and the independent-courting moderates — inside the tent. The party’s high-dollar donor class find themselves at odds with the priorities of grass roots donors.