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Jim Jordan's rapid rise has been cheered by Trump and the far right. Could it soon make him speaker?
Rep_ Jim Jordan has such a reputation as a political brawler that former House Speaker John Boehner once said he’d never met someone “who spent more time tearing things apart.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, known for his reputation as a political brawler and a favorite of former President Donald Trump, is now on a quest to unify the House Republican Party and secure the speaker's gavel.
However, this endeavor is far from certain in a deeply divided House Republican conference, following the recent ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Jordan faces challenges that extend beyond party lines and could have far-reaching consequences for both the GOP and the broader political landscape.
To become the Speaker of the House, Jordan must rally support from a majority of House Republicans, with little margin for error in a chamber they narrowly control. His success would solidify the far right's influence within the Republican Party, setting the stage for contentious battles with Democrats over the government's size and scope, according to a report by the Associated Press.
However, a potential Jordan speakership comes with significant baggage that may pose challenges for Republicans as they strive to maintain their House majority in the upcoming election.