Jim Jordan’s Bad Bet on a House Divided
“We have a spine,” Don Bacon declared.
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Today’s Press Pass brings you inside the room where Jim Jordan began to bleed more votes and his campaign to become speaker of the House started to crumble. As of this writing, the situation remains very unsettled. While there was some movement toward having a long-term interim speaker with something like the full powers of the gavel, that idea appears kaput, and moments ago Jim Jordan said that he intends to keep pushing for the speakership. We also look at how Republicans who opposed Jordan have been treated (spoiler: not well). All that and more, below.