The laughable trainwreck of the House GOP’s speakership woes can be almost entirely attributed to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and serves as a good reminder Gaetz is nothing more than a regular loser for the GOP.
Gaetz used a petty feud as an excuse to join with 208 Democrats and seven other self-loathing Republicans to eject then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his role. There was no plan in place, no preferred candidate Gaetz wanted. He simply decided to help Democrats neuter the GOP House Majority in exchange for a personal victory and some fundraising emails.
This ultimately led to Gaetz’s buddy Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) being the caucus’s nominee for speaker, but he has fallen short twice. As it turns out, a good chunk of Republicans don’t want to reward Gaetz for tanking McCarthy or Gaetz allies for voting down backup option Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), both of whom had the support of the vast majority of the caucus to be speaker.