Could House control flip to the Democrats?

Written by: Hans Wilder NYC 03/30/2024

Alright, folks, gather around for a tale from the circus we call Washington. So, there’s this House of Representatives, right? And the Republican majority there, it’s like watching a game of musical chairs, only the music keeps stopping, and the chairs keep vanishing.

So, this fella, Mike Johnson from Louisiana, he’s all like, “Hey, no worries, folks. We’ve had enough exits for now. We’re good.” But then, lo and behold, another one bites the dust. Ken Buck from Colorado says, “Adios, Congress,” leaving poor Johnson scratching his head.

But wait, there’s more! Just a week later, Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin, a rising star among the GOP, decides he’s had enough too and jumps ship early.

Now, with Gallagher’s departure, the Republicans are left with just 217 seats, while the Democrats are eyeing them hungrily at 213. It’s like a political game of Jenga, one wrong move, and the whole tower could come crashing down.

Sure, they’ve got some special elections lined up to beef up their ranks, but if a few more of their buddies decide to bail before their time’s up, it could spell trouble. Imagine Democrats swooping in and taking the reins in the middle of a congressional term. It’d be like witnessing a unicorn trot through the Capitol.

Experts are saying it’s not the most likely scenario, but hey, stranger things have happened. Molly Reynolds from the Brookings Institution reckons these mid-term departures are no joke, especially with the GOP’s grip on power hanging by a thread thinner than a spider’s web.

And let’s not forget the strategic timing of these exits. They ain’t just packing up their desks and calling it quits; they’re playing 4D chess with special elections and whatnot.

Now, the upcoming special elections might not be enough to tip the scales. Democrats are expected to hold onto some seats, and Republicans will likely snatch up a few more. It’s like a political tug-of-war, only the rope keeps slipping through their fingers.

But here’s the kicker: a bunch of these Republicans are saying, “Sayonara,” either retiring or eyeing other gigs. And sure, they’re saying they’ll stick around until the next Congress rolls in, but who knows? Buck and Gallagher didn’t exactly stick to their word.

And after Easter, brace yourselves for more chaos. Republican infighting, threats of ousting the speaker, debates over aid to Ukraine—sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it?

So, Speaker Johnson better start sharpening his persuasion skills because if he’s caught off guard again, well, let’s just say it won’t look good on his resume. But hey, according to his spokesperson, they’re keeping tabs on everyone, retirees and stayers alike, all in the name of protecting that precious Republican majority.

Ah, politics. Never a dull moment, folks. Never a dull moment.

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