Monday, January 2, 2017
Pelosi may see more defections than Ryan in Speaker vote
At The Hill by M Lillis, Scott Wong --
It’s one of Washington’s favorite parlor games: guessing how many defections the House Speaker will face on the floor at the start of the new Congress.
But this year offers a twist.
Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton has helped unite the usual warring factions of the Republican Party while sowing deep divisions among shell-shocked Democrats who are still asking themselves how things went so horribly wrong.
It means that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will likely limit GOP defections to just a handful and comfortably cruise to reelection as the top leader in the House on Tuesday.