‘There’s no real end in sight’: Kevin McCarthy fails to become Speaker of the US House of Representatives…again

For the second straight day, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy did not get enough votes to become Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

The once-in-a-lifetime event comes as a new generation of Republicans seek to turn business upside down in Washington as usual.

Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of McCarthy wasn’t even enough to deter 20 conservative holdouts from voting against him. The last time a potential speaker was not elected on his first try was in 1923, when the voting stretched to nine votes.

Many observers have responded to the chaos with either frustration or humor. US President Joe Biden called it “embarrassing” and said “the rest of the world” is watching the polls.

California Democrat Ted Lieu, meanwhile, tweeted a picture of himself holding a bag of popcorn ahead of one of Tuesday’s votes.

However, the absence of a speaker has significant ramifications for the House, with Congress on hold until McCarthy or someone else is chosen for the role.

“The House of Representatives, as it stands, has no members. It has only elected members. As no speaker was elected yesterday, no member took their oath either,” Mitch Robertson, associate lecturer in US history at University College London, told Euronews.

“So right now there’s practically no House of Representatives in the United States.

“How long could this go on? Before the Civil War, it took up to two months to elect a speaker. There is no real end to it in sight.”

For now, McCarthy is not backing down and appears determined to become Speaker of the House. “The conversation will continue. We’ll get there,” he told reporters before disappearing again on Wednesday.

However, it is unclear at this point how he could secure a majority.

Watch the full Euronews interview with Mitch Robertson in the video player above.

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