Democrats are floating plans to vote for outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as speaker if the margin in the House is slim once the results are all in.
As the race to control the House of Representatives comes down to a few seats, the Democratic Party needs to run the table to keep control.
No one expects them to, however, so some Democrat reps have started floating an alternative strategy.
The final House margin may be only 1 or 2 votes, and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is already feeling pressure from inside the GOP.
Democrats are telling McCarthy to strike a deal with them to secure his speakership.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) first floated the idea on social media: “Just cut a deal with the Dems Kevin.
“Whatever you get from Freedom Caucus will not be worth it.
“The odds will be good but the goods will be odd.”
Just cut a deal with the Dems Kevin. Whatever you get from Freedom Caucus will not be worth it. The odds will be good but the goods will be odd. https://t.co/CZDWY1yyfO
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) November 10, 2022
The Washington Examiner spoke to other Democrats about crossing the aisle and working with McCarthy or someone else in the GOP to make them speaker.
“Won’t know that until the dust settles, the margin is determined, and how badly McCarthy needs some Dem support,” one said.
“Anything is possible.
“Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not in speakership races.”
Another said: “If he asks, it could be a possibility.
“Either you can be speaker for two years and go cash out on Wall Street or be speaker for three months and get pushed out by the Freedom Caucus.
Another Democrat said making a deal to put McCarthy in the job would be preferable to having someone like Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) or Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as speaker.
“I doubt it, but I guess if the alternative is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), it could be possible,” they said.
“I think it’d be more about the alternative than anything he could give.”
One centrist Democrat then floated a plan the Dems are whispering about behind the scenes – putting Liz Cheney in as speaker to get the ultimate revenge on Trump.
The Democrat rep said: “Under no circumstances would just about any Dem ever vote for someone who has downplayed Jan. 6.
“I’m one of the most bipartisan people in the place, and the thought of supporting Kevin makes me laugh.
“It’s an insane proposition to consider supporting someone like him.
“I would never do that.
“No Dem with principles and a belief in democracy would ever do that.”
The rep added that there are currently private conversations about “Voting for Liz Cheney and getting a hearty group of both sides to vote for her as a rebuke of Trumpism in a scenario where Kevin couldn’t get the votes.
“I would classify them as serious in intent to put forth a principled option with the goal of bringing people together but not serious in that I can’t imagine that getting to 218,” the Democrat said.