06.13.2014 1

House Republican leadership: Where are the conservatives?

jordanBy Rick Manning

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R) from California is the frontrunner and the clear establishment choice to replace Eric Cantor (R) as majority leader, and Illinois’s Peter Roskam (R) is reportedly also getting a similar push to ascend to McCarthy’s spot as the whip.

California and Illinois contributed 75 of the 270 Electoral votes needed to elect Barack Obama president, and their state governments, which draw congressional district lines, are overwhelmingly controlled by Democratic machines.

Yet, many House Republicans somehow think it is a good idea to put their collective political fortunes into the hands of members whose very political existence depends upon a politically motivated stroke of a redistricting pen.

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